Emma Lewington completed the Polar and Alpine Change Programme in September 2015 and is currently undertaking a PhD in the Department of Geography on the geomorphological imprint of supraglacial lake drainage.
Why did you choose to study on the MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change programme?
Glacial landscapes and processes was something I became interested in early on during my studies at school. Completing modules on glacial environments during my undergraduate degree confirmed this and this MSc seemed like the perfect choice.
Why did you choose the University of Sheffield as the place to study?
I liked how close the city was to the Peak District and that the university was in the city centre and everything was within walking distance. Sheffield is a friendly place and it felt like home very quickly.
What were your highlights of the course?
The department has a wide range of expertise which meant that there were lots of interesting areas to pick from when selecting dissertation projects. The field course was also a huge bonus and I really enjoyed spending the summer studying in Svalbard, being able to see the environments and processes that I had learnt about and doing fieldwork in beautiful locations.
What does your current PhD research involve?
My PhD aims to increase understanding of the large-scale spatial organisation, formation and evolution of subglacial meltwater drainage beneath ice sheets using subglacial bedforms as evidence.
How did the MSc(Res) Polar and Alpine Change programme prepare you for PhD study?
The masters provided me the opportunity to design and manage my own research project and to realise what this would involve without having to commit to three and a half years. My MSc and PhD have similar themes which made my transition into PhD research easier as I was starting with a good grounding.