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If you’re looking to apply computer science knowledge to healthcare, M.Sc. Computational Medicine could be the choice for you

The power to bring about change can be derived from knowledge. And such power has been given to me by the University of Sheffield, encouraging my ideas to fly high! As I was pursuing B.E.(Hons.) in Computer Science at BITS Pilani, Dubai campus, I always had one question — how could I use my knowledge for the betterment of healthcare services?

My parents suggested that I specialise in biomedical sciences by pursuing higher education. And thus, the hunt for the best university started. The University of Sheffield is amongst the top-ranking universities in the world for biomedical sciences. Among the courses offered in this field, it was this university that offered the perfect mix of computational studies and bio-mechanics — just what I wanted!

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The M.Sc. Computational Medicine is a cutting-edge master’s course which would allow me to be part of the first generation of patient-specific modelling specialists. The amazing research facility, short programme duration and excellent future opportunities cemented my decision to apply to this university. Without wasting any time, I applied and also asked for a scholarship. I was confident due to my academics and research proclivity that I would get in, each day waiting patiently for my dream to become reality. And finally, on July 28, 2017, I received the offer letter with a student scholarship.

In September of 2017, I arrived in the peaceful city of Sheffield to start the journey that was going to change my life. Soon, I was part of The Insigneo Institute for in silico medicine which has £40 million of research income. Being part of this prestigious and one-of-a-kind institute gave me the opportunity to interact with many different professionals and understand the latest research in the current medical device and hospital industry.

Further, as part of the degree I am required to complete modules which give me an overall background in patient-specific modelling skills, a better understanding of clinical data and a closer look at medical device manufacturing. The course is designed in such a way that it also trains you in real-life applications. Modules like Regulatory Affairs for Medical Devices will help increase my demand in the industry. The course also includes an opportunity to carry out the research of your choice as part of a 60-credit project.

The cosy city of Sheffield and the welcoming environment of the university makes a student like me, living far away from home, very comfortable. The university has top-notch accommodation, student facilities, and staff that are always ready to help. The library and computer access facilities, The Diamond and Information Commons do not fail to amaze me as they contain all the latest books, journals and updated software.

Dream big, because they do come true — as they did for me in the beautiful city of Sheffield.

Shreya Barlingay is currently pursuing M.Sc. Computational Medicine at University of Sheffield, U.K.

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