Alex Mackintosh from the UK
How did you find out about Lund University?
"I have a Bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Edinburgh and I was an exchange student in Lund in 2016/17, where I studied biological courses rather than bioinformatics."
What are the best things about the Masters programme in Bioinformatics?
"The students and staff on the programme are very friendly and willing to learn as well as share expertise. For me this has been one of best parts about studying here, as it has made classes very enjoyable. I also really appreciate the diversity of the topics covered in the programme. The diverse curriculum has meant that I have been able to continue to learn more about topics I already have an interest in, while also finding new parts of biology and informatics to explore."
What do you think about the teachers, the teaching style and the facilities?
"I really like the teaching style of the programme; classes are typically small – less than 25 students – which allows a relaxed atmosphere where students and teachers get to know one another. While I have learned a lot from classes, I have also had a lot of fun because of the way that they are taught, which I think is very important."
What is it like to be an international student in Lund and at Lund University?
"Because Lund is a university city there are many opportunities to get involved with student life here, and there are also many activities and groups designed specifically for international students. The student community within biology and ecology is also very inclusive, meaning that I have met and become friends with both international and Swedish students."
Why should prospective students choose to study a Master’s in Bioinformatics at Lund University?
"I think this programme is an excellent choice for any student hoping to learn bioinformatics skills and understand how these skills can be applied to both academic research and industry. The programme also accommodates students from different backgrounds, allowing them to pursue their specific interests."
What are the highlights of your time in Lund so far?
"I particularly enjoyed a fieldtrip which was part of the Community Ecology course during my exchange year; this was a great way to get to know other students while learning methods for ecological studies. I am also really enjoying working on my Master’s thesis – I started this very recently but have already learnt a lot and am enjoying working within a lab group of like-minded people."