MEng Chemical Engineering
Why did you choose this degree programme at the University of Aberdeen?
As long as I can remember I have been interested in how things are produced, ranging from a bottle of wine, through medication, to electricity. From there it was a small step to discover how on earth all these were produced in huge scales required by people. After some researching on the internet, I discovered that at the very heart of nearly everything produced and consumed was a team of chemical engineers. Some more in depth reading and I was convinced that chemical engineering was the degree I wanted to pursue.
When applying for university positions, Aberdeen stood out as it offered more than just a chemical engineering degree. The first 2 years encompass all aspects of engineering, which wasnâ€™t offered at the other universities I was considering. At first glance, it may seem strange that you are covering different engineering disciplines, however no engineering problem focuses solely on a single discipline. With this approach, University of Aberdeen offered the chance to develop myself as an all-round engineer with insights into each disciple, while still achieving a fully accredited chemical engineering degree. This made my choice to study at the University of Aberdeen an easy one.
What skills, knowledge or experience have you gained or developed on this degree programme?
Studying engineering at the University of Aberdeen develops more than just the skills required to complete a calculation. Soft skills such as teamwork, organisation and time management are taught from the minute your degree starts, thanks to excellently designed courses and facilities that allow you to make the best use of individual and group work.
I have gained skills in computer programming in languages such as MATLAB, Python and C++, 3D modelling and printing, and printed circuit board design. Currently I am also developing skills in acoustic levitation to complete another project that I am undertaking.
What part of the degree programme have you enjoyed the most or found most interesting?
From the start at Aberdeen, it has been an engaging and fun journey. All courses that I have completed have always had interesting learning outcomes. A standout for me in this case being the Process Safety course (EX402A), taught by Dr Euan Bain. This course takes all previous knowledge of engineering learning and shows how it is important from a process safety perspective. I really enjoyed the combination of taking previous knowledge and applying it to new ideas, and how your decisions always affect safety of people, property and the environment.
There are always new opportunities which arise while studying engineering at the University of Aberdeen. I have taken part in an Erasmus project, which allowed me to travel to Spain and Italy to undertake several small chemical engineering research projects. I have also been recently developing e-noses for my fourth-year undergraduate project with Dr Marcus Campbell Bannerman. These are small gas sensing devices used for rapid analysis of gas samples. This project has perfectly captured why studying at the University of Aberdeen gives a big advantage in real world projects, as I have utilised the electrical, mechanical and, of course, my chemical engineering skills, to design and build a fully functioning device.
What advice would you give another student who is considering applying to this programme?
Ensuring you carefully consider what Aberdeen offers is important. The opportunity to learn about all disciplines at the start of your degree, while still receiving a fully accredited degree in your chosen discipline, ensures that you are not only an excellent engineer within your discipline, but have an all-round knowledge of engineering. Even a little knowledge in each discipline goes a long way. This is a standout feature for Aberdeen, and the reason I would recommend studying here over anywhere else. All disciplines also offer a range of hands-on labs that let you physically see concepts being taught, which is only beneficial.
Also, Aberdeen offers so much more extracurricular opportunities while you’re studying, such as the TAU Racing team and the Engineering society, and all the other different societies and sports clubs available to join. As the current President of the Engineering Society, I would look forward to welcoming you to our events in the future.