Iqra Kashif

Portrait photo Iqra Kashif
Patient contact during translational courses helps to build a connection and make sense of what you study theoretically.
Name
Iqra Kashif
Programme
Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (research)
Country of previous education
Pakistan
Study start date
Study end date
Current role
Student Master Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (Radboud University)
Previous education
Science in Biosciences, COMSATS University Islamabad

Iqra Kashif is a masterstudent of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease at Radboud University. 

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

I really like Master's programme Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (MMD) for many reasons. First of all, the pace of courses makes sure that you organize your time in a way that you can focus on your studies as well as have a social life at weekends. Second, patient contact during translational courses helps to build a connection and make sense of what you study theoretically. And lasts, the teamwork among classmates plays a key role in building your professional as well as personal skills. It gives you a sense of community.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

There are a lot of opportunities for students to interact with lecturers and course coordinators. Each student is, at least, engaged in evaluating two courses together with the course coordinators. Apart from that, there is a sense of coordination built up among students very nicely as each course has a minimum three or four group assignments. It helps you get better at learning how different people behave and work within a team, which you can use to better understand your fellow students and build a better connection with them.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

There are some challenges that you might face, especially as an international student. One of the things I could point out is how frequent we have to present articles and present different types of data. This is something I find a little bit challenging.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

Molecules exist in every form and they are everywhere. This makes MMD a very specialized Master's programme. It's not easy to get into it and you have to make an active effort to survive the courses, but once graduated it open doors to a range of opportunities; from drug development at commercial levels, fundamental research in academia, to interaction with patients in clinics. Personally, I would like to further delve into antiviral mechanisms of mammals at molecular level and for that I would pursue my career in academia and do a PhD in molecular Biology.