My student experience
"Being a campus university, Surrey feels like a community, which definitely helps when you are starting out as a Fresher."
I’ve always enjoyed maths and physics but found them to be too theoretical for me. What I like about engineering is that it ties the theory with real life practical applications which are necessary to society.
When researching electronic engineering degree courses I initially looked at Surrey due to its high ranking in the league tables. I attended an Open Day and realised it was the perfect University for my degree as there was a good mixture of theory and practical work and plenty of access to labs.
Being a campus university, Surrey feels like a community, which definitely helps when you are starting out as a Fresher. There are lots of societies and clubs to join so no matter what your interests are, you are bound to find people similar to you.
One of things I enjoy most about my course is the variety of what we study, which broadens each year as more optional modules become available. This means you can stay general with your options or specialise – and there are some really exciting modules to choose from, such as Robotics, and Computer Vision and Graphics.
The academic staff at Surrey have a really wide scope of engineering knowledge and are very hands-on. There is an abundance of laboratories which is a big advantage for practical work, and a ‘makerspace’ area where you can work on projects in your own time which is really useful.
"After my degree I’d like to do a PhD in a field of engineering which interests me: hopefully something linked to robotics and machine learning for applications in space."
I am a scholar on the UKESF scholarship scheme, and through this programme I’m partnered with Infineon Technologies in Bristol, where I’m currently spending my Professional Training placement year. I decided to apply to Infineon based on its good working environment and the amazing work they do behind the scenes on ground breaking technologies such as driverless cars. So far on placement I’ve been focused on software based work to aid in the verification of systems that go into autonomous vehicles, and I’ll soon be looking into the possible advantages of using machine learning in this area.
During my placement I’ve learned a lot about responsibility in a professional environment, and have become much better at working and figuring things out by myself – skills which will really benefit me when it comes to my individual project at Surrey next year.
I’ve definitely gained in confidence since starting university, both in my intellectual abilities and my personal life. After my degree I’d like to do a PhD in a field of engineering which interests me: hopefully something linked to robotics and machine learning for applications in space.
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