Chris Gough - BMedSci in Health and Human Sciences
When did you graduate?
Where are you from and why did you choose The University of Sheffield?
I am originally from Warrington and chose the University of Sheffield for several reasons. With regards to student life, Sheffield is great, being voted number one in the UK for student experience so I already knew that I would have a great time at Sheffield as a student. It also has the best students’ union in the UK so I also knew that I’d be effectively supported as a student during my time there, with plenty of facilities and nights out being available at the union. Sheffield was also one of the few universities that offered the Health and Human Sciences course which suited my career choice perfectly.
What do you think of Sheffield?
I love Sheffield! It is such a great place to live as a student and there’s always stuff going on. There’s plenty of parks to visit as well as some great bars. The annual Tramlines festival is also an amazing event to experience with a variety of bands to enjoy over a full weekend. Sheffield is also great for a night out but even if you’re not a fan of nights out, there’s still plenty for you to do with cinemas (Curzon being a favourite of mine) and various events and performances being held at The Crucible regularly. There’s also the Motorpoint arena where the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team play which is a great activity to go to. There’s just too much to list!
What advice would you give to prospective Health and Human Sciences students?
I would say make the most of your time at Sheffield. Three years might sound like a lot but it flies! Whether you get involved with societies or sports clubs during your time, or whether you enjoy volunteering (I did a bit of all three!) there’s plenty to do at Sheffield so experience as much as you can! Also the BMedSci course is fantastic for those wanting to pursue a career in healthcare as it gives you such a broad yet detailed insight into the various aspects of healthcare, but the extracurricular and voluntary work that you do alongside this is just as valuable for your future plans. Most of all….have fun and enjoy it!
What was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the course?
I really enjoyed the more biomedical topics that we explored, in particular the ‘Biomedical basis of Disease Management’ module. However, other modules such as ‘Health Psychology’ were also really interesting and in particular the method of assessment in the form of patient interviews was a different experience and was really enjoyable to do.
The most rewarding part of the course was presenting our placement project to a lead therapist conference at the Northern General Hospital as part of the third year placement module. It was an incredibly nerve-wrecking 30 minutes but receiving such positive feedback from experts in the therapy discipline was such a rewarding experience.
What are you doing now?
I graduated in July 2017 and I am just about to start my MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) course at King’s College London.
Do you think your degree helped (is helping you) further your career?
Without a doubt.
With regards to the course itself, we are given such a broad, yet detailed, insight into a variety of healthcare topics from anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, to more social aspects such as healthcare policy and healthcare management. Therefore the course really does cater for everyone, whether you’re looking to pursue a more managerial role within a hospital (or other institution) or whether you want to go down the clinical route in areas such as dentistry, nursing, occupational therapy etc.
Also, the support given by the various course tutors is unrivalled. Every tutor in the department really is there to help and it is something which I was really grateful for during my time at Sheffield. From support during the writing of my personal statement for my masters, to academic support during my dissertation and other essays, every tutor was fantastic with their help and advice.