When searching for university courses to apply to, I wasn’t sure yet whether engineering was right for me, let alone which type I would enjoy. The Engineering Design program stood out, as the general engineering content of the first year of study allowed me to make a more informed decision on which specialist stream to choose. I am extremely glad I had the chance to do so, because otherwise, I would probably have gone down the mechanical engineering route. I found that after getting a feel for the mechanical, aeronautical and civil engineering fields, I most enjoyed the civil topics. This led me to specialise in that stream for the rest of the course and to pursue a career as a Civil Engineer.
In my opinion, the strongest asset of the Engineering Design course are the industry partnerships and placement schemes. The partner companies work with the course to place students during summer internships and the industrial placement year, as well as supporting projects throughout the course. This industrial link was invaluable to me, as a summer placement with Arup after first year cemented my decision to specialise in the civil stream and provided me with experience and context that was extremely helpful during my consecutive years of study. I also went back there for my year in industry, gaining more experience, industry connections and making a strong start on my professional chartership portfolio. Not to mention that it was highly empowering and fun to gain relevant experience in the workplace!
Other distinct benefits of the course are the small cohort size and the multidisciplinary projects carried out during fourth and fifth year. They create a strong sense of companionship within and across cohorts and strong working relationships with the Engineering Design staff, overall making the university experience highly enjoyable.
It also helps that Bristol is such a beautiful and lively city - voted best place to live in Britain again in 2017. It has everything to offer, from excellent cafes and restaurants to gigs, concerts and festivals. There is also a multitude of societies and sports teams to choose from. I joined the Bristol Leroc society and got hooked on dancing, joining the committee for two years and meeting a huge range of people, both in the university and across Bristol.
Studying Engineering Design at the University of Bristol has left me with an excellent degree, sense of purpose and motivation to succeed in industry, as well as industrial experience that gave me a competitive edge when applying to graduate positions. I will be moving to Norway to work as a civil engineer in hydropower in October and look forward to staying in touch with the Engineering Design course in the future. I would highly recommend the course to anyone that wants to make a positive contribution to the world we live in, has technical interests and wants to spend five amazing years of study!