Meet Sofia – Master's student in Physical Oceanography
Sofia is currently wrapping up her Master thesis in Physical Oceanography, where she has been working on plastics dispersal in the open-ocean. She really enjoys the informal and friendly atmosphere at the University of Gothenburg.
What are you working with now?
"I am currently wrapping up my Master thesis. It's a modelling project, so on top of the oceanography, I also learnt how to use Python in the past year. I truly enjoyed the whole process and I am quite sad that it's almost over!"
Why did you want to study the Master’s programme in Physical Oceanography?
"After obtaining my Bachelor's in Mathematics, I was looking for a Master's program where I could apply what I had learnt in a meaningful way. I have always felt drawn to the ocean and been passionate about the issue of marine pollution, so the Master's program in Physical Oceanography seemed like the perfect opportunity to put all those things together."
What is special about the programme?
"Unlike other Masters in Oceanography around Europe, which may be more focused on the chemistry or biology of the ocean, this is centred around physics. That is why I personally chose it.
I also like how it gives an opportunity to explore the different sides of Physical Oceanography: the theoretical side (lots of equations), the practical side through field trips and the modelling side with Python or MatLab."
What is special about studying in Sweden?
"This particular department is quite small, so everyone gets to know each other in no time and it is easy to build relationships with people at different stages of their academic career. In my experience, professors are always happy to help and listen to our concerns. I also really enjoy the informal and friendly atmosphere at the University of Gothenburg in general."