Ivo KeranovMy name is Ivo and I am an MSc “Transport” student, originally from Bulgaria. I hold a BSc and MSc degree in “Ship Navigation” and have worked as a bridge officer on board merchant vessels for 6 years. I love sports, books and jazz music. 

Why did you chose to do your MSc with us?

I was looking for an MSc programme which would broaden my horizons and the one in “Transport” seemed like the perfect choice. It offers a wide variety of modules from which you can choose depending on your area of interest. One of the biggest advantages is that the programme is offered jointly with UCL. Thus you get credits from two of the best universities in the world. The location was ideal for me bearing in mind London is considered to be the capital for maritime companies. 

What are you hoping to do after your MSc?

Hopefully, I will continue my development in the Maritime sector with a focus on Ships Operations.

How you have found your first term?

The first term has been a challenge. You arrive in a new environment and meet new people. You need to cope with the changes fast enough and get in track with your work. I was pleasantly surprised that the staff is doing their best to help and facilitate students in the transition. Another positive side is the cultural diversity in our class and how open-minded everybody is. You are able to interact with people from different backgrounds and learn from their expertise. I must say that I greatly enjoy the time spent with my colleagues. Overall, the programme offers a worthy combination of lectures from renowned academics and industry experts.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I try mainly to combine work with sports and pleasure. For instance, on Tuesdays after morning classes I go swimming. The “Ethos” sport center is conveniently situated near campus and offers a wide range of activities. For example, I recently started playing squash and I find it exhilarating! Wednesdays are lecture free, thus providing you with time to keep up with your studies. On the evenings we try to go out with colleagues and have a good time. I strongly believe that balance is required in every aspect of life. Work hard but at the same time allow yourself to recuperate and revitalize. The key for the latter is time management. All can be accomplished if duly planned.