Emily Bean, BSc Human Biology

'I loved my study at Birmingham and wouldn’t change anything about my experience'
Emily Bean

Current role

I am currently in my second year studying Medicine at the University of Manchester. After graduation I worked at NHS Direct for 2 years as a Health Information Advisor. This position required a degree and helped me gain knowledge about various health conditions and medicines, but was mainly to save money in order to start a second degree.

Outline the course you studied at the University of Birmingham and how it benefited you?

I studied Human Biology, which gave me a good knowledge of the basic human anatomy and processes, such as DNA replication and reproduction. This has benefited me during my first few years on my medical degree, as I already had a knowledge base to work from and develop further.

How did you find your first year in Birmingham?

My first year in Birmingham was possibly the most fun year of my life! I loved my halls, my course and the student experience.

How did going to University as a whole benefit you?

University has only benefited me; I made amazing friends and had brilliant experiences. My course was enjoyable and allowed me to take my studies further by starting a medical degree. 

How did you find campus life?

The campus at Birmingham is one of the main reasons I felt attracted to studying there. I enjoyed the fact that you are surrounded by people from different course, whereas city campuses can mean you only see people from your own degree. During the summer it was nice to meet housemates on the grass and enjoy the sun.
Edgbaston and Selly oak offer the benefits of campus life, whilst being close enough to the city for nights out and shopping. 

How did you find living in Birmingham?

I loved Birmingham, it is a nice big city, but doesn’t feel scary to those from more countryside roots! However, after living there for 3 years, I did feel like I had ‘done’ Birmingham and was ready to move onto a new city. I liked the campus site and, as the University isn’t spread out throughout the city, it has a nice community atmosphere and support system.  

Did you join any student societies during your studies?

I didn’t join any societies, apart from my course society (SLOBS), which organised many enjoyable nights out and events.

Any tips to pass on to students thinking of coming here?

Do it!! I loved my study at Birmingham and wouldn’t change anything about my experience. It offers everything you could want: city life, great accommodation, supportive staff and enjoyable study.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I aspire to finish my medical degree and become a successful doctor. My study and skills gained from Birmingham will only aid this process.