Joan Schlueter

MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

Jonas Schlueter came to the University of Westminster from Germany. The MSc Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology course has been challenging. Although he believes the hard work is down to the student, he has also had support from his professors: 'I enjoyed the close relation you can have with your professors, that they are so helpful'.

One of Jonas’ main interests lay in the business area of Biotechnology. One of the modules he studied was Biotechnology and Business, which involved writing a business plan for an imaginary company and looking at case studies on biotechnological companies. 'You have to imagine that natural scientists don’t have any idea of business… I think it is quite important to bring this entrepreneur idea closer to the scientists as well.' He says, 'It sometimes is not how brilliant your idea is, but how profitable it can be in a shorter time.'

'If scientists have a bit more knowledge on how to do business, it might work out better for some biotechnology companies… without the slightest clue of how business should work, a lot of ideas might not come to anything.'

After obtaining his degree, Jonas hopes to do an internship with an NGO, working with development aide around the world. This, he says, will give him time to think of the topic for a potential PhD.

Although Jonas has not decided where he wants to work in the future, he knows he does not want a traditional 9 to 5 job. According to him, he wants a career: 'where you have more freedom… where you have more responsibility'.