Michal Filtness

Course: PhD in Investigating the early solar system using iodine-129

"The labs, equipment and facilities at Manchester are fantastic and the academic staff are always keen to help and offer support."

 

"After completing an MeSci at Cardiff University, I was keen to specialise in one area of geology – planetary science and the cosmos. After reviewing the PhDs offered at several distinguished universities I selected Manchester University. I chose Manchester for two reasons. The first was the PhD, the title of which is ‘Investigating the early solar system using iodine-129’. This entails using a specialised mass spectrometer to date different samples of solar system material, notably meteorites. From the ages of samples, a chronology of the early solar system can be established. This will contribute to our understanding of how our solar system formed and in what order, and perhaps help us to fathom some of the mysteries of the universe. The labs, equipment and facilities at Manchester are fantastic and the academic staff are always keen to help and offer support.

"The second reason I chose Manchester was the city. Manchester has a fantastic town centre with manifold shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. There is somewhere for everyone – the variety is immense! There are also several parks, museums and galleries, and there is certainly no shortage of student housing.

"Once I complete my PhD I hope to gain employment in the space science industry. One potential employer is the European Space Agency (ESA). In order to advance my prospects of working for them I have enrolled on a French course. The university was very helpful in arranging this and many cross-disciplinary subjects are available to students studying any subject and at any level. Hence there is great potential for career development at Manchester University."


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