2015-16 Student Testimonials 

Stephan Holtkamp

Why did you decide to join the MSc Molecular Medicine?
8 months before the start of the course I applied for Masters in Biomedical Science / Molecular Medicine as I wasn't sure if I want to pursue an academic career in science. The MSc in MolMed at Imperial College seemed to be the best option as it covered a variety of aspects and also had some practials.

What part did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed the Masters Thesis the most. The lectures just scratched the surface of a lot of topics. But the thesis is where one can really gain a lot of knowledge in state of the art techniques. Especially the fact that you are an integrated member of the research group made it worth the while.

What was the most valuable thing you have learnt?
I have learned that science takes its time but it's absolutely worth the time. I have learned that nobody is an expert straight from the beginning and that knowledge comes during the time.

How do you think the MSc Molecular Medicine will change or support your future career choices?
It convinced me to pursue a PhD in Germany, thus it worked well to support my future career choices.

What are your ideal career plans for the coming few years?
I am going to do a PhD at the LMU Munich and Max Planck in Germany.


Damaris Intriago

Why did you decide to join the MSc. Molecular Medicine?
I decided to join the MSc. program in Molecular Medicine because I wanted to broaden my knowledge regarding biomedicine and cancer biology in order to pursue a career in biomedical sciences with focus on cancer research. I chose the MSc. program at Imperial because Imperial College is a world-leading university with a renowned reputation for excellence in teaching and scientific research.

What part did you enjoy the most?
I enjoyed learning and working along with the guidance of highly qualified scientists who are leaders in their fields of expertise.

What was the most valuable thing you have learnt?
The most valuable thing that I learned was how to conduct research in the field of cancer biology. During the MSc. course, I had the opportunity to carry out a research project in the field of breast cancer research. The fact that my MSc. research project was related to cancer research was a key factor which eventually helped me to secure a Ph.D position at Germany’s largest biomedical research institute, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

How do you think the MSc Molecular Medicine will change or support your future career choices?
The MSc. Molecular Medicine will support my future career choices since the knowledge and experience that I gained during the course will allow me to succeed during my Ph.D studies and to build up a career in the field of cancer research.

What are your ideal career plans for the coming few years?
I will start my Ph.D studies in the field of breast cancer research at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in January 2017. After my Ph.D, I will go back to my home country, Ecuador, to work as a postdoctoral researcher for a few years.