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School of Engineering Blog

School of Engineering Blog

A blog for students, staff, alumni and friends of the School of Engineering.

Category: Student life

Le Mont Saint Michel, a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France, on our field trip organised by Builders University

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Ryan O’Donnell, fifth year MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering This summer I went on an exciting exchange program to study sustainable building engineering at Builders University (ESITC) in Caen – one of France’s grandes écoles offering civil engineering higher education. I decided to go because Builders University has a focus on “learning by doing”, and […]

Dubai skyline at night

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Oldřich Jandl, BEng (Hons) Electronics and Electrical Engineering, 2023 As my final year university duties came to a close, finding enough time for graduation responsibilities, family commitments, as well as my travel plans seemed daunting. Nonetheless, I couldn’t resist the wonderful opportunity my university offered – a summer school at the British University in […]

School of Engineering lectures

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Katherine, fifth year, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Adapting to university classes can seem daunting, especially if you are coming straight from school to university. Here are a few tips and pieces of advice to help you adapt quickly.  Taking lecture notes   Unlike school, there will be designated times to make notes during lectures, and […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Katherine, fifth year, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Moving to a new city can inevitably, be a nerve-wracking time, however I can assure you that I have found Edinburgh a fantastic city to call home for the length of my university degree.   Edinburgh has plenty of sights to see, both within the city centre, […]

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Katherine, fifth year, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Welcome Week can be both an exciting and daunting time for new students – personally I found my first Welcome Week to be a little overwhelming as there are so many activities to take part in! Reflecting back on my experiences, I have created my own ‘to […]

Claire outside Technip FMC in Aberdeen

Reading Time: 2 minutes By Claire, fourth year, BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering As I entered my third year, one goal that I had in mind was to secure an internship with an engineering company for the summer. The motivation behind this was to gain work experience before graduating, to prepare myself before entering the workforce and have a feel […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Katherine, fourth year, MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering After I had received my offer to study at Edinburgh, accommodation was at the top of my agenda, and I was unsure what to do. Here’s my advice to new students when considering which accommodation to select. Self-catered vs catered halls If you’re choosing to live in […]

Liquid chromatography

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ewa, fourth year, BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering The summer is fast approaching, and you may be wondering how to spend this time. There are many possibilities to use these months, including doing a placement or internship. But you may be wondering: is it worth the effort? Let me share my experience of a summer internship […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Ewa, fourth year, BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering “What is chemical engineering?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this question. It is probably the second most common reaction when I tell someone what I’m studying. The only thing that I hear more often is “Oh, so basically chemistry!” Being honest, I also […]

Aerial view of the King's Buildings campus

Reading Time: 3 minutes By Freya, fourth year, MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering Before starting university, I had no idea what engineering students did all day! Or even that their day-to-day activities might vary throughout the years. So now, as a fourth year, I have decided to write a short post outlining the typical activities of a chemical engineering student […]

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