Hi! My name is Nikhilesh, and I'm the student ambassador for the Master's programme in Bioinformatics. I am happy to answer any questions you might have about the programme, courses, student life, and life in Lund and Sweden via the Unibuddy Platform, where you can chat with me (see below). Please note that I cannot answer questions about the application process, scholarships, or residence permits.
About the programme and the teaching style
How did you find out about this programme and why did you choose it?
"When looking at options to study in Sweden, I found Lund University. It is a well-renowned institution in Sweden and located close to Copenhagen, which is a big Bioinformatics hub. The Bioinformatics programme here is geared to students from a biological background and in general has a high research demand and future career prospects, which greatly appealed to me."
What do you think about your programme so far?
"So far, the courses have been able to cover a wide range of topics, from Python to biological data analysis. The programme has a high workload and requires you to give 100%, but I believe that the research work will help me gain a much better understanding of the workflow in the bioinformatics field."
What is the best thing about your programme?
"One of the best aspects of the programme is its ability to equip students with the proper tools and resources needed to succeed. It also provides students with ample opportunities to put their learning into practice, through the completion of both minor and major projects. These projects give students the chance to apply the theories and techniques they have learned in a real-world setting, allowing them to gain hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of the field."
What do you think of the teaching style at Lund?
"The teaching style in my programme is designed to be open-ended and supportive of student learning. The lectures are viewed as a starting point and stepping stone, rather than the end-all-be-all of the learning process. This is very beneficial in a field like bioinformatics, where self-research is highly valuable."
Why should prospective students choose this programme?
"The Bioinformatics programme provides students with a comprehensive package in the field, covering a wide range of subjects. The programme places a strong emphasis on practical learning, providing students with ample opportunity to apply what they have learned through hands-on projects and exercises. Lund University has strong connections to the bioinformatics industry, providing students with numerous opportunities to network and make valuable connections. Plus, Lund in general is a great town to study in!"
Have you been able to gain any practical experience during your studies so far?
"Not quite yet, but I am currently paired up with a lab which works on immunology and my work is going to start this month, which I am looking forward to!"
How international is your programme and what is it like to study in that kind of environment?
"Our programme is quite diverse. We have many students from several European countries, as well as farther afield, such as South Korea, Vietnam and China. Studying in such a diverse class is a unique experience where I am introduced to a variety of different cultures which helps me improve my communication skills and develop a broader perspective."
Thoughts on being an international student at Lund, spare time and tips for prospective students
What it is like to be an international student at Lund University?
"Studying abroad as an international student can be a life-changing experience. It offers opportunities to immerse yourself in a new culture, make lasting relationships with people from all over the world, and broaden your perspective on the world. The experience of studying in a foreign country can also challenge you to adapt to new customs, traditions, and educational systems, helping you to grow both personally and academically."
What do you do in your spare time?
"In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new places in and around Lund by bike. It allows me to stay active while discovering new areas and taking in the Swedish countryside. Additionally, I have a passion for chess and participate in online tournaments to challenge myself and improve my skills. This combination of outdoor activity and mental stimulation helps me to stay balanced and entertained."
Do you have any advice for other students that are considering coming to Lund?
"Before coming to Lund, I recommend students to check whether the programme aligns with their academic and career goals. I would also research a bit about Sweden and learn the basics of Swedish to better integrate into the culture. Be open-minded, try new things, and embrace the opportunities that come your way."
Have more questions for Nikhilesh?
You can chat with him and other current students directly via Unibuddy by clicking the chat card below.
Curious about Bioinformatics opportunities in the Skåne/Copenhagen region? Check out Nikhilesh's blog post!