Emanuel Barth

MSc Transport and Planning (2007)
Current Job: 
PhD student / Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich

Why did you choose Cardiff University as a place to study?

Studying transport in the immediate vicinity of where the world’s first steam train had run more than 200 years ago was a thrilling idea. The most important factors, however, were the good reputation of the university and the opportunity to learn proper English.

What was the best thing about your time as a student at Cardiff?

I had a great time in Cardiff meeting many people from all over the world. I enjoyed the city of Cardiff with its appealing town centre and parks, the proximity to the sea and the mountains as well as the reasonable distance to London.

What thing or person inspired you most whilst you were a Cardiff University student?

Two of my best lecturers were Professor Huw Williams and Professor Kevin Morgan; I was always looking forward to their lectures.

What one thing would you tell someone else about the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff?

A great place to study.

Tell us a bit about your current job, how you got into what you are doing and what you enjoy about it most.

After my MSc course in Cardiff, I decided to stay at university for some more time and am now working on a PhD thesis on local public transport in cross-border agglomerations. The international experience I gained during my course at the School of Geography and Planning are a great help to me. Besides, I also collaborate in other research and consulting projects in the transport sector which are currently dealt with at the institute I work in. This combination makes my job tough but very exciting.

What opportunities do you feel have opened up to you as a result of being a student at the School of Geography and Planning?

Since the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees have now also been introduced in most European countries, there are no longer any difficulties in the recognition of such a degree. On the contrary, the international studying experience is a bonus not to be underestimated. With a degree of Cardiff University, you should be able to apply for a job anywhere in the world.

Tell us any interesting facts about yourself, hobbies or interests that you have.

I enjoy travelling a lot, and I really got what I expected from the UK.