I chose Engineering Design as I couldn’t decide which type of engineering to specialise in. As part of the first year you study units across all faculties to give you a better understanding of what you might want to study later in the course. I chose the Civil Stream but used the flexibility of the course to also take units from Mechanical, Aerospace and Electrical Engineering, enabling me to study a range of topics related to my main interest of Energy.
The industrial placements are one of the best features of the course and throughout my time at Bristol I did an internship at Vestas R&D (who design wind turbines) and spent a year at DNV GL (formerly GL Garrad Hassan, a renewable energy consultancy). After my fourth year I secured an internship with Baringa Partners in their energy and utilities business unit and I am going on to work there as a graduate. The course gives you great job prospects, and almost all the cohort have fantastic graduate positions.
The fourth and fifth year projects are another advantage over other courses, as the two-year timescale allows for more depth of research. My project was on search and rescue after earthquakes, which was a completely new area of study for me. Industrial sponsors also support the projects, so you are actually solving real-world problems.
The friends I have made through Engineering Design are some of my closest. Being a five-year course with a small cohort means you are all incredibly close. Whilst Engineering Design is hard work, there is always plenty of time for extra-curricular activities. I was cheerleading captain for my last two years and many others on the course also held positions of responsibility in various sports teams and societies. Finally, Bristol is a fantastic city, with great bars, restaurants and clubs and the university is based right in the centre.