• Question: How many years of training did you do?

    Asked by Georgia Cook to William, Thibaut "Tibo", Harry, Georgia, Emily, Aimee on 9 Nov 2019.
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      Harry Wilkinson answered on 9 Nov 2019:


      Well really as a PhD student I’m still in training!

      After my GCSEs I did A-Levels for two years, then went straight to university without a gap year. I did a MSci degree which meant it was 4 years long, and in the last year of it I did a long project in a research lab.

      After that I applied to some universities to do the PhD program that I’m on now!

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      Georgia Orton answered on 11 Nov 2019: last edited 11 Nov 2019 12:21 am


      Quite a lot! I did four years at university doing a master’s in chemistry followed by four years doing a PhD in chemistry. I am working as a researcher now but there is always more to learn to get better at my job so the training doesn’t really end. I get to do training to teach me how to use new machines/programs etc. I actually just did a training course to learn how to control a powerful X-ray beam in Oxford from my laptop in Nottingham! This will also me to study very tiny crystals to see what they are made of.
      I am trying to teach myself to code as well but that isn’t going so well..!

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      Aimee Egglestone answered on 11 Nov 2019:


      After school I did 6 years of university and I’m still doing training at work – you never really stop training in science because things are always advancing!

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      Thibaut Deviese answered on 11 Nov 2019:


      I did 5 years of university to get my Masters degree and after I did 3 years of PhD. So, it is 8 years in total but for me the PhD was not really like being a student. It was more like my first job.
      In my current day to day life, I am still regularly training because the science is always advancing. The way I train is however very different from university. I go to very specific courses with companies manufacturing equipments or I follow webinars on my computer. It is always good to learn new things!

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      Emily Sparkes answered on 18 Nov 2019:


      I did four years of undergraduate university and four years of PhD, which is 8 years of only chemistry training. If we add on GCSE and A level then 12 years of chemistry training!

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