I loved the programme! It begins with a great overview of many different areas of biochemistry and towards the end of the course integrates the different areas more and more. The labs and practical aspects were always great fun too.View more
As a Mexican under a government scholarship, I was very conscious about making a choice that would be both beneficial to me and my country. When I chose Oxford, I was intent on becoming a bench scientist and return to do research and teaching in Mexico. But my stay in Oxford opened a whole new perspective for me. I learned how much graduate scientists can contribute to research in industry and how much more value we are economically outside of the lecture halls. With my scientific credentials, a flawless command of English and a cosmopolitan perspective I found myself back in the workforce in no time after four years out doing my degree, and with a significant raise, and the promotions have not stopped since. Contrary to what people may think, the industry does appreciate having graduated from top-tier universities in their workforce, even if they will not be working to get themselves a Nobel price.
My stay in Oxford could not be better. I had the opportunity to live in a very congenial college, Hertford, and serve in the student’s bodies for the four years I was there. That gave me my first taste of politics and made me realize how important it is for everybody to be involved with our surroundings from a social and political perspective in order to enact the changes we believe are important. I made some of the best friends I ever had and completely change me for the better.
From the professional point of view, even if I did not follow on the research pathway that I started, the abilities to develop as a problem solver have proven invaluable in the different assignments I have had in the pharmaceutical industry and will surely aid me as I progress in my career.
The opportunities you get at Oxford are incredible. From amazing teaching to captivating student societies: there is no better place to grow as an individual. The careers service is also an excellent resource.View more
Oxford, as expected, was incredibly academically rigorous and a huge challenge, both intellectually and personally.
The collegiate system offered a really friendly and welcoming aspect to university life and it’s certainly worthwhile applying to a college that you think you’ll suit. It really allows for a good mix of socialising and meeting new people when you’re not studying.
Academically, as expected it’s really tough. They push you to your limit, you often doubt yourself through this, but it’s worth it in the long run. Oxford teaches you more than just academics– it’s about how to manage your time, planning and resilience throughout.
The city is absolutely beautiful. It’s not the biggest but it’s very condensed and has all you need. It’s safe, there’s lots going on and it has beautiful architecture.
Overall, I recommend Oxford if you are truly passionate about your subject and want to be at the top of your game. It’s by no means an easy ride, but it’ll pay off for the rest of your life.View more