If you have a passion for the subject, an MSc is right for you

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Sophie Wilson
Postgraduate taught student
Advanced Manufacturing Technologies MSc (Res)
Sophie Wilson is currently studying towards her MSc (Res) in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at the University of Sheffield after achieving her BEng Mechanical Engineering in 2018 at university in Scotland.

Why did you choose your course?

I chose to study my MSc at Sheffield as I wanted to further my skills from my undergraduate degree and pursue a career in manufacturing.



While researching different courses, the MSc (Research) Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at Sheffield stood out as unique, as it is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which is an internationally renowned centre of manufacturing innovation.

So it was the perfect place for me to learn from leading experts in their fields.

What have you enjoyed most about your course so far?

My individual research project! I was given a very challenging project with the AMRC looking at different methods of manufacturing carbon fibre composite materials, a field I am very interested in.

My work will compare a new, novel manufacturing method with a more traditional way of making the material, to determine if there is any improvement in mechanical properties and relate this to differences in the material itself. It is particularly interesting as any work done with the AMRC is industrially motivated, so I am constantly thinking about the real-world implications of my work, and benefits to industry.


Working between different stakeholders at the University and AMRC can be challenging at times, but I am rapidly improving skills which will help me in my future career, so I thoroughly enjoy my work!

Sophie Wilson

MSc (Res) in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies


Working between different stakeholders at the University and AMRC can be challenging at times, but I am rapidly improving skills which will help me in my future career, so I thoroughly enjoy my work!

What do you think about Sheffield as a city?

Sheffield is a lovely city, everyone here is very welcoming and friendly! There’s also so much for students to do, particularly with the Students’ Union. I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in a few student-led societies and give it a go activities, from learning the basics of sign language, to scrunchie making.

They’re a great way to connect with people from outside your course and take a break from your studies at the same time.

Outside of the University, Sheffield has some beautiful green spaces to visit, and in the city centre, there’s the Winter Gardens. The Peak District is very easy to get to via public transport as well, which is nice to visit if you need to relax. The city centre also has some lovely independent cinemas.

What would you say to any students who are considering studying an MSc?

MSc students come from a wide range of backgrounds and there’s lots of support available at Sheffield, so don’t worry if you’ve taken a break from studying or have studied at another university. If you have a passion for the subject, then an MSc is the right thing for you!

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