School of Health & Social Care

Student views

Emma Mead

Emma chose Teesside University because they offered a PhD scholarship in a topic area she was interested in.

Emma Mead

PhD research

'A PhD is definitely a worthwhile qualification, it gives you the chance to develop your research skills, preparing you for a career in research.'

After my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Newcastle University, I had a gap year working in a laboratory for a biotech company, testing their products. I went travelling for three months to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, and then I started a Masters in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Leeds. I developed a great interest in public health whilst doing my Masters, and wanted to contribute to the field of research. The PhD I applied for was advertised on findaphd.com. After I saw the post, I looked on the Teesside University website and was very impressed with the variety of research undertaken within the School of Health and Social Care. I also chose Teesside University because they offered a PhD scholarship in a topic area I was really interested in. I enjoy attending presentations given by research staff/students at HSCI seminars, journal club and fuse meetings. These give PhD students the opportunity to learn about the different kinds of research undertaken at Teesside University and elsewhere in the country. A PhD is definitely a worthwhile qualification to have as it gives you the chance to develop your research skills, preparing you for a career in research. After I have finished my PhD I would like to apply for a post-doctorate position, carrying out research in an area similar to my PhD.