With money tight, Markus Mohr's scholarship has helped him focus on studying Chemical Engineering without the distraction of part-time work.

My first year at Imperial was exciting and demanding — and without doubt the best year of my life so far.

I have always enjoyed the applied problem-solving parts of science and maths, and wanted to study something that has a real impact on the quality of people’s lives. That’s why I choose to study Chemical Engineering. It has been a huge step-up from A-levels, but I’ve relished the challenge.

My favourite topics have been the core chemical engineering modules looking at fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and how they interrelate. I also enjoyed the “mastery” modules, which test our ability to apply what we have learned to a real problem. I’m hoping to go on to a career in renewables or oil and gas extraction — how to meet our energy needs is one of the biggest problems facing mankind.

Living in the heart of central London has been amazing. It’s a place packed with infinite things to do, and I can only be thankful that I have three more years to explore the city.

My scholarship from Thermo Fisher has helped me massively over the past year. Money is very tight in my family at the moment. Without the financial aid received this year from this scholarship I quite simply wouldn't have been able to cope with the cost of living in London without getting a part-time job — something which would have been massively detrimental to my academic progression. Thinking back on this year, the scholarship has improved my student experience to an extent that I frankly couldn't have imagined when I began my studies.

Markus Mohr is one of eight Thermo Fisher Scholars who joined Imperial in 2013. Over the coming years, a generous pledge from Thermo Fisher Scientific will support a further 24 outstanding students from lower-income families to study for degrees in engineering or natural science at Imperial.