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Sadaf Aftab

MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Sadaf Aftab

Destination: PhD, University of St Andrews

I have recently graduated with a Master's in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from University of Bradford.

Initially I did not know where a degree in chemistry could take me as I was unsure about the careers possibilities and had very limited practical skills. However with the help of extremely helpful staff and all the exceptional lab and professional skills that I gained from being at Bradford; I managed to secure an Industrial placement in Unipetrol- Czech Republic’s largest oil refinery as part of my Master's year.

For my final year, I finished my exam based modules and short courses in semester one and moved to the Czech Republic to focus merely on my project. This placement also gave me a chance to travel to different countries and meet new people. The experience of working abroad was immensely enjoyable and I managed to learn a lot from the industrial placement.

Placement Year

During my placement, I worked on making jet fuel with 2nd generation feedstock over a heterogeneous catalyst which I thoroughly enjoyed therefore I decided to do further research in this area. I will therefore be starting my PhD at the University of St. Andrews this September in catalysis.

The University of Bradford hasn't only equipped me with subject knowledge; I have also gained various other skills that will stand me in a good stead; preparing me to face any challenges in the future! I have enjoyed every aspect of my chemistry degree, whether it was lab work, group presentations or preparing for exams-it has been a fantastic experience overall. I’d definitely recommend the MChem at Bradford to any student wanting to go far in the field of chemistry.