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PG Student Case Studies Scotland
University of Strathclyde
Name: Sanat Pattnaik
Course: MSc in Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Sanat Pattnaik, from India, chose to study at the University of Strathclyde because it has one of the largest departments of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in the UK. Other influencing factors include the location – in the heart of Glasgow – which means there are always interesting things to do as well as plenty of good accommodation options and great transport links. Strathclyde also boasts a sports centre with one of the largest gymnasiums in Glasgow as well as a swimming pool, football pitches and basketball courts.
He is really enjoying studying at the University of Strathclyde, and says of his MSc, “My course deals with a wide variety of sectors like Electronics, Communications, and Electrical as well as Management Studies enabling students to pick up their areas of interest. The lecturers are among the best in their respective sectors and they are the most helpful people I have ever met.”
Another great aspect about studying at Strathclyde is its multicultural student body. Sanat, who is from India, explains, “University accommodation houses students from across the globe which makes it a unique experience as I got to know so many other cultures and countries through my friends from US, Greece, Norway, China, Nigeria, Australia, and Iran."
After graduating Sanat has lined up a job as a consultant electronic and electrical engineer in Bangalore, he says, “It is a management position and I am really excited about it.”
Sanat really enjoys studying at the University of Strathclyde and living in Glasgow, and says of the experience, “Staying in Glasgow and studying at the University of Strathclyde is one of the best experiences that any aspiring student can have. The university and its Faculty and infrastructure bring out the best in us. It is advisable not to miss out on this opportunity.”
University of Dundee
Name: Zehnab Afzal
Course: MSc Applied Computing
Zehnab Afzal gained her undergraduate BAcc degree in Accounting with Management and Information Systems at the University of Dundee. When she began the MSc in Applied Computing she had no background in computing but Zehnab’s passion for academics and her drive to continually challenge and develop herself, stood her in great stead.
The MSc has considerably exceeded her expectations and she was appreciative of the friendly atmosphere in the department. Zehnab explains:
“In a good way, it has been very different to how I thought it would be. I’ve enjoyed it even more than my undergraduate degree. Everybody in the department is very approachable and there’s a great collaborative ethos.”
Zehnab’s MSc project involved designing a website for a tennis coach who was particularly keen to have an online booking system. Whilst working on her project Zehnab gained good experience of working closely with a genuine client to fulfil their expectations of a brief. Zehnab has relished immersing herself in the MSc in Applied Computing and when asked what her favourite part of the course has been, she replied with pride:
“The best part was the learning curve, I like to be challenged. I came to this course with no background in computing, no experience of coding and now I’ve developed an entire website. The course has definitely been worthwhile.”
Zehnab plans to pursue a career that combines both her experience in finance and IT.
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