What is it like being a student in the CDT in Medical Imaging? Read what current 1st year student Marta Dazzi says about the CDT:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term as a student at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging. As a chemistry graduate, I already had a general idea on the ways chemists could impact the field of medical imaging but knew little about the work of other scientific disciplines. The course so far has given me an insight on the importance of an interdisciplinary approach for this research. It has been exciting to branch out from an orthodox chemistry degree- the first term is mainly focused on providing us all with a foundation for our PhD for example, the physics behind how imaging modalities work and how images are acquired and reconstructed. I have also really liked working and learning with people with different scientific backgrounds. Whilst I wasn’t too thrilled initially with the idea of dealing with another year of exams and lectures, the teaching so far has been brilliant. There are only around 20 students in a lecture so learning is more interactive and lecturers encourage discussions during the class. In addition to lectures, different assignments are set like literature reviews, presentations and lab reports which are helping me develop useful skills I will require for my PhD.
The department has also been very welcoming, even as MRes students we already feel part of the group since we are invited to attend weekly group meetings to learn more about the undergoing research. More importantly, the bi-monthly social events have been great and a good way to make new friends!
The application procedure was very efficient. Interviewers were very friendly and almost felt like an informal chat. By the end of the day, drinks and nibbles were provided and we had a chance to get to know the supervisors and have a chat about the projects available. Overall, my time so far in the CDT has been great fun and I would definitely recommend applying if you are considering pursuing a PhD.