It’s again the time of the year where the CDT welcomes applications from those passionate about fluids that often find themselves fascinated with milk mixing with tea (ok, maybe that’s just me).
In this post I would like to address the concern that some people might have about spending one year doing an MRes when they might have already done a Master’s degree, by talking a bit about my own and my colleagues experiences.
First of all, most of the people I know in the CDT already had Master degrees, including me (and I studied in Portugal so it was a two-year Master’s!).
Since the interviews for cohort 4 are currently ongoing we decided to write about our experience as PhD students in London and in the Fluids CDT. We hope to help answer some of your questions, and give you some insight on what to expect if you decide to join the Fluids CDT family.
Let’s start with the tricky parts (so when you read the positives at the end you’ll have long forgotten this). Living in London is as expensive as you expect it to be. Two of the main sinkholes of your income are accommodation and transport. However, depending on where you live you could walk or cycle to university and avoid paying for the tube.
The Imperial Festival of Science was back this year on the weekend of 7-8th of May. For the first time, the fluids CDT was there with exciting experiments to engage people of all ages. With the help of Dr Kilner and Professor Weinberg our colleagues Marco, David and Owen put together a fun and interactive stand.
The experiments included the display of fluids with different viscosities – water, glycerine and a mixture of the two – to show the phenomenon of vortex shedding.
Another fun experiment was the smoke cannon that produced smoke rings. Always fun to see mathematicians experimenting!
We are the proud students of the first ever cohort of the Fluid Mechanics Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) at Imperial College London. We started our studies for the program with the one year Masters in Research (MRes) in October 2014, with nervous excitement. We come from a wide range of backgrounds some of us having only studied abroad before, some only in the UK and others with a mixture. We also brought together different disciplines; mathematics, engineering and physics as well as varying amounts of industry experience. But, in hindsight, the most enriching aspect was definitely the wide variety of cultures that we share (Chinese, Indian, Welsh, English, Irish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese).