My student experience


Student profile

Vanessa Azzopardi

"The academics on my programme are very knowledgeable, and often there is more than one lecturer per module, so students gain the best possible teaching from experts in each field."

"I started to become interested in biomedical engineering, image processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) during my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Malta.

Coming from an engineering background I find problem-solving an intriguing and enjoyable challenge. There’s something satisfying about coming up with new ideas and implementing them in order to achieve a target – and when this is applied to the medical field, I believe that the implications can be even greater.

Vanessa Azzopardi
Vanessa Azzopardi

After graduating I spent two years working as a validation engineer in a medical products manufacturing company before deciding to pursue further study within my area of interest in order to gain specialised skills. After some intensive research, I realised that the MSc Medical Imaging programme at the University of Surrey ‘ticked all the boxes’.

The academics on my programme are very knowledgeable, and often there is more than one lecturer per module, so students gain the best possible teaching from experts in each field. Most of the academics teaching physics modules are medical physicists, while academics teaching engineering modules are research-active and share their knowledge of the latest technology being used to address a given problem.

The University facilities are well-equipped and include physics and computer labs with the software and equipment you need to consolidate your understanding of theoretical knowledge. It’s also great to be able to access English language support, as well as help with coursework issues and research problems from the library staff.

Surrey’s campus is the largest and most pleasant I’ve ever visited. My favourite place is definitely the lake, which is lovely and peaceful. You can find all the necessities on campus – from coffee shops to a GP practice and a library full of useful resources – and it’s also very well connected to Guildford town via a regular bus service.

After my MSc I’d love to use my skills to improve on existing medical imaging methods – especially from an image processing and AI perspective – and perhaps also assist in the development of new technology. I see myself as a research and development engineer in the medical imaging field, be it in industry or academia."

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