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What has Carlota's experience been like?

Carlota Ramos

Carlota is a Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering student and is currently doing her Master Thesis in a company. Below, you can read about the highlights of the master's degree and Carlota's personal assessment.

Could you briefly describe the master's degree?

The Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering is really focused on work and the chemical industry. During the programme, we study subjects that offer you the chance to see a wide variety of fields within the sector. The vast majority of classes are focused on industry and we're in contact with the world of work right from the start.

We do the Master Thesis in the second year, which gives us time to be fully dedicated to it and spend lots of research hours in the laboratory.

What stands out about the programme?

What I would highlight about the master's degree is the relationship and contact we have with companies in the sector. IQS and the professors have a very strong relationship with companies and that shows us what employment is like before we finish the programme.

This allows us to find out about different companies and speak to upper management to see where we want to focus our careers. I would say that this master's degree makes you a professional.

Why did you decide to do this Master's Degree?

What I like the most about chemical engineering is the more technical aspect. When I finished the undergraduate programme in Chemical Engineering at IQS, I was certain that I wanted to continue studying with a more technical profile and the IQS master's degree is perfectly suited to what I was looking for.

I was really happy with the IQS undergraduate programme I did. Compared to other universities, you get to spend a lot more time on laboratory work at IQS and it has a closer relationship to industry.

What subjects and laboratory work did you like the most?

The subject Materials and Corrosion in the second semester. I especially liked the professor we had. Lockdown hit us during the second semester and the professors prepared the classes, the syllabus, and the materials really well.

Why did you choose IQS?

I chose IQS mostly because of the number of lab hours we do. We spend two hours a day in the laboratories during the master's degree. You can't find this at other universities. The laboratories are very well equipped with machinery that is used in industry. In addition, they give you a lot of freedom to do the experiments and learn more autonomously. Really, IQS offers great laboratory training.

What's your personal assessment?

Overall, I'm really happy with the content of the programme and the professors.

What do you think the master's degree has brought you personally and professionally?

The level at IQS is really high and that translates into a big workload. You have to know how to organize yourself and work under pressure. I was able to apply this to the laboratory work that I did and I felt much more prepared and capable.

On a professional level, thanks to doing my Master Thesis in a company, I already have one foot in the labour market, which is an advantage I wouldn't have found elsewhere.

What advice would you give to a future student who wants to study this master's degree?

Above all, I'd say organize yourself well and keep your work up to date. Take advantage of the master's degree to work in groups and get support from your classmates to have an unbeatable master's degree experience.

What was your experience with the professional internship like?

I did an internship at Covestro and worked on a project involving the construction of a chemical plant. I worked in the engineering and production department preparing the start-up of the plant.

My Master Thesis is related to this new chemical plant and deals with how to optimize the duration of the campaigns for the products that will be used in the plant.

I am very happy to have been able to do this internship because I have a very technical profile. I was able to work on all these more technical aspects of chemical engineering there. In addition, I felt fully prepared thanks to the knowledge I acquired during the master's degree. Apart from purely academic knowledge, IQS also teaches us how to learn and gives us the tools to more easily understand concepts that we haven't studied yet.