Taking Charge of Your Health

[MUSIC PLAYING] The kind of scientific
knowledge you get through doing a medical
sciences degree at Leeds gives you all of the
foundation scientific knowledge about how the human
body works, at all kinds of different levels, from
the anatomical level, the cellular level, even at
the molecular level, what goes wrong in disease,
and how we fix it. [MUSIC PLAYING] The open day was exciting,
spoke to a lot of academics. Speaking to the students
was really good. I think it was the shortest
open day I came to, because as soon as I came here,
I just knew that this was– it just felt right, really. I wanted quite a broad course. I wanted one that I could
choose my modules, that I could have a varied sort of degree. It had everything in it. It had all the
different sciences. I liked the mixture and
the fact that I could also choose other courses
outside medical science. So first year, all of
the modules that we do are compulsory. You can think of it kind
of like a foundation year. We cover the fundamentals
of biochemistry, some cell biology. Endocrinology, which
is also really good. Anatomy, some pharmacology,
some neuroscience. And also the basic lab and
skills, scientific skills, I really enjoyed all of them. By the time you get to
halfway through second year, you can then start
to piece together something that’s tailored
to what your interests are, or remain broad. There’s so much of choice. There’s so many
different things. I had a lot of meetings
with my personal tutor to discuss what modules I wanted
to choose in the next years and what that meant for
me in the long term. [MUSIC PLAYING] So all of the
biomedical sciences are practical subjects. Practical training starts
first week in the laboratories, using core, fundamental
pieces of equipment. And first year, it was
every week we had a lab. And it was really good,
because you got material before you went in, so you
got to learn the science of it before going in. We had brilliant
lab technicians. There was about
four of you, have a demonstrator to each almost. So there’s lots of help. We’d also have then follow-ups
of tutorials and seminars of what we’ve learnt so we
can really make sure that we’ve actually gained something
from working hands-on. As you progress
through the years, you sort of do more
and more lab work. We cover everything, really,
from the very molecular level, all the way up to
handling human subjects and measuring different kinds
of experimental parameters in people. You’ll be taught
by people who are world-leading researchers in
their particular disciplines. What they’re teaching is at
the forefront of science. They’re really passionate
about what they’re teaching. And their awareness of what’s
current within the world of research colours the
kind of material they cover, even in the most basic
level 1 lectures. So it makes it
really interesting. It makes you sort of
passionate to learn. So when they bring in
a graph and they say, oh, yes, you won’t find this
paper, because it’s mine and I’m still writing
it, your interest is sort of almost more
sparked with having someone so enthusiastic teaching you. [MUSIC PLAYING] The best feedback is
from talking to students and seeing that they
enjoy what they’re doing, and that they leave here and go
on to do something worthwhile. Coming into labs and doing
experiments and things, I’m thinking possibly going
to research, because I find that really interesting. I’m nearly finished. I’ve got one more exam left. And then I’m working as a health
care assistant for a year. I’m going to decide
whether I want to do a graduate course
into medicine or not, or look at other
opportunities in that sector. The University is
really flexible. It’s really fun. Diverse. Adventurous. And inspiring. Now, as teaching is
finished, I have a few exams, then going home, I don’t
really want to go home. It’s been really good. I just love it so much. So many new opportunities. I’ve learnt so much. And most of all,
it’s been really fun. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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