Physics and Astronomy
Ozioma Kamalu talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study physics and astronomy with us.
My student experience
“Edinburgh has become my home away from home. I share a flat with the same group of amazing people I was lucky enough to live with in halls. What’s more, Edinburgh is this vibrant, eclectic city, a perfect size, and a hub of opportunity. The four-year course length means I get to enjoy living here for longer.
“In Welcome Week, I think I managed to sign up to every society that I walked past at the fair. I joined the A Cappella Society in my first year, had the time of my life, and subsequently became a member of the committee for a year. In a typical week, I also take part in gymnastics and Edinburgh University Young Scientific Researchers Association (EUYSRA), two things I never thought I could do but have always wanted to try.
“There are so many opportunities to expand your horizons here, and just by trying out a new hobby, you learn something new each time. I just have to make sure I manage my time properly to keep up with assignments and independent study alongside pursuing worthwhile outside interests.”
“The range of courses covered throughout the programme is really exciting. I’m looking forward to getting started on observational astronomy next year, and having the Royal Observatory right next to the King’s Buildings campus is a major bonus. Also, I loved the opportunity to take options that could be outside your main area of study. I’ve been learning a language for two years alongside my compulsory physics and maths courses and it is nice to have that variety every week.
“I have always found the practical side of physics particularly tough but the connected structures of the first and second year labs have helped me to develop the necessary skills to deal with the challenges that systematic experimentation demands. To get the best out of labs, you need to put in the effort, and this really pays off when you take everything you learn through to the next stage of lab practice.
“Additionally, I had zero programming experience prior to the second year course where you work with Python, so this was a challenging leap to make but it is satisfying when you can finally get a piece of code to work.
“An unexpected bonus of having an extra year on the course compared to other UK universities is that I have been able to develop a really strong foundation in the essential theories in physics and mathematics that will benefit my progress and understanding in later years of my programme.”
Edinburgh is this vibrant, eclectic city, a perfect size, and a hub of opportunity. The four-year course length means I get to enjoy living here for longer.
“Every physics course you take has a link to the mathematics courses, which is valuable as you zoom in on more detail at each step to gain a firmer understanding of a big picture. Thanks to this structure, I am building more and more confidence with the scientific theory, experimentation methods, and group skills that I need to prepare for a career in research.
“I know I can achieve anything I put my mind to, especially with the support of tutors and teaching staff. Being at Edinburgh helps me feel that there are no limits to what I can do in my time here.”