MRes Medicine case study

Zaha Kamran Siddiqui

Why did you choose the School of Medicine here at the University of Leeds?

I chose to undertake an intercalating Masters at the School of Medicine at Leeds due to its prestigious reputation and also because of the variety of clinical projects available on the course. I was also swayed by the opinion of a few friends who had experienced student life in Leeds and they highly rated the teaching and student experience and they weren’t wrong!

Why did you choose your course?  Why is it important for you to be studying it?

I chose to undertake an MRes. in Medicine, hoping that it will provide me with the necessary research skills, further developing my lateral and critical thinking through problem based learning. This will not only give me a greater confidence in a research environment but also provide me with a deeper understanding of research in Medicine.

What were you doing before you started studying here?

Before I started studying at Leeds, I was based at Keele University studying 4th year of my Medicine degree.

What has been the highlight of the programme / course?

Through this programme I have been able to carry out research in my field of interest, i.e. Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Medicine. Further, I have had the opportunity to meet and work along side individuals with similar interests and experts in their field.

Did any particular modules or projects impress you?

I very much enjoyed the applied qualitative health module as I learnt new analysis techniques that I had not known before. This module also aided me in my own qualitative research study.

What support have the tutors and other staff given you?

The tutors and admin staff are all very approachable and helpful. They provide regular guidance and support regarding my research project and assignments. They serve as a good point of call when I feel overwhelmed or if I ever have any doubt about my project.

How do you plan to use what you have learned here?  How will doing the course benefit you / the organisation you work in?

I intend to use my skills of planning and executing research in my future career. Practicing evidence based medicine whilst working as a doctor who has experience of research means that I will be able to understand the research better. Furthermore, I will use my new found confidence in the field of research to further undertake innovative projects in the NHS.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduating from Leeds University, I aim to finish my Medicine undergraduate degree at Keele University and work as a junior doctor in the UK, with the aim to go into the field of orthopaedic surgery.

What would you say to someone thinking of coming to study here?

 I would recommend University of Leeds as a choice of study whether for an undergraduate or Masters. It is great city with a very friendly population. The University Campus itself is quite big and offers lots of extracurricular activities such as sports, drama, art etc.

What do you think of the city of Leeds / Yorkshire?

The city of Leeds / Yorkshire is a very vibrant and lively city. There is a lot to explore in Leeds including incredible landscapes such as the Yorkshire Dales.