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Fiona Torzewska

MPhys Theoretical Physics

Why did you choose to study Physics? 
It took me a long time to realise Physics was the best degree for me having looked into law, history and engineering first. But as soon as I began reading around the subject and looking at it in more detail I realised just how much there was to the subject that interested me and it only gets better the more depth you go into.

What attracted you to the University of Leeds?
I wanted to be in a city but without the London prices, Leeds seemed like the perfect combination of a vibrant city and a campus university within ten minutes’ walk of the high street.

Did you visit us on an open day? Did you find that experience helpful in making your decision?
I came to an interview after applying and this was the main factor in my decision to study at Leeds. Everyone I spoke to was so friendly and enthusiastic and displayed a genuine passion for the subject. I also got to look around and see all the research that is currently taking place which really helped show me just how much I could achieve with my degree.

Has your course lived up to your expectations so far?
The course has been so much more than I expected. I’ve already achieved far more than I thought I was capable of whilst making friends for life and loving my time at Leeds.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I love the flexibility of the Theoretical Physics course allowing me to take modules from both the Maths and Physics departments. This gives me the opportunity to do slightly less applied maths courses like Algebraic Structures which I find really interesting and engaging. 

Which aspect of Physics do you find the most interesting? 
I have particularly enjoyed the Quantum modules so far and am interested in the huge developments in quantum technology that are occurring today and allowing advancements in computing and security. 

How would you describe your lecturers and tutors?
My lecturers are all really interested in and enthusiastic about the subjects they are teaching. They are also always very helpful, approachable and available: this help is invaluable especially on a course which at times can be very challenging.

Can you explain a day in the life of a physics student?
A day in the life of a Physics student can be fairly busy usually coming in 9 or 10am and having four or five lectures and workshops in a day or labs which go one from 9 until 4 in second year. But the extra lectures and the format of the degree means the work is spread out and there is a similar amount each week so you don’t spend your weekends up all night writing essays due in on Monday morning. 

How would you describe student life at Leeds?
Exciting and varied, there is an excellent Physics Society (Physoc) which gives you the opportunity to socialise with other physicists and get to know people in other years that you might not see otherwise. Leeds also boasts one of the best Student Unions in the country which provides a hub of activity right in the centre of campus. Looking further afield Leeds city centre has something to suit everyone from the extensive nightlife to the Victorian shopping arcades. 

Do you have an idea of what you might like to do at the end of your course?
At the moment I am confident I want to continue with Physics after my degree, possible by doing a PhD or working for a private company. I am very lucky to be doing a degree at a Russell Group University which provides me with so many options following University.