Ben King

Ben King

BSc Biological Sciences (Animal Biology)

1. What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my degree was the Coral Reef Field Course, which took place at the Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador, Bahamas. Here we snorkelled in a variety of different inshore habitats including mangroves, seagrass meadows and, my favourite, coral reefs. We saw a wide range of marine life including dolphins, turtles, sting rays and countless species of reef fish and invertebrates. As well as being an awe-inspiring trip, the course provided real practical experience of scientific data collection in the field.

2. What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss most the structure my programme offered. I enjoyed learning new things during my modules, yet having the freedom to explore further independently.

 3. What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

I enjoyed the flexibility the programme offered, giving the opportunity to gain a specialism. Second and final years allowed us to choose the majority of the modules we enrolled on. Modules I particularly enjoyed included Coral Reef Field Course, Practical Skills in Field Ecology and Mammalian Biology. I thoroughly enjoyed both field courses and cannot recommend them highly enough.

 4. What advice would you give to current and future students?

I would advise students to pursue their passion. People excel most when they are passionate about what they are doing. Choose the modules that most excite your interests.

It is also important not to solely focus on your academic studies. Join societies such as sports clubs and participate in the extra-curriculum activities the Biosciences department has to offer.

It is also never too early to prepare for life after graduation. Utilise the university’s resources and find real-world opportunities. This will help you gain experience in the sector as well as making invaluable professional connections; you never know when these could benefit you.

 5. What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I plan to continue my studies in Devon at Plymouth University, studying the taught postgraduate MSc Zoo Conservation Biology.