I chose to study my Masters through the University of London International Programmes for a number of reasons, including its reputation, the specialisation it offered, the project option, and in particular, because I could study through distance learning. I enjoyed the independence of tailoring my time, which allowed me to accommodate family, work, and social commitments. I am currently a Molecular Researcher at the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit -3 (NAMRU-3), which deals with emerging disease threats. The degree gave me a deep understanding of various molecular mechanisms I handle everyday and taught me to evaluate the potential of scientific research in different areas. It qualified me in cutting edge and state-of-the-art scientific technologies, which is essential to my career.
My major challenge was sticking to the study schedule I made, while coping with a busy work schedule during the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic outbreak. I overcame this by drawing on the Frank Lloyd Wright quote: "The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen."
I would recommend this degree to any student considering distance learning. It is the best qualification for a highly committed, ambitious person whether he/she is in a job with a lot of travel, a stay-at-home parent, or just unable to study abroad for a long time.