MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering student Rushdy discusses his experience applying and studying at RGU.
My name is Rushdy and I study the MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering (fast-track) course at RGU. I started in September 2017 and am due to graduate in December 2021. I am currently working full-time as a Graduate Instrumentation Engineer for the Score Group – a role I started in September 2021.
I explored multiple Scottish universities through Open Days while I was in sixth year, and what excited me most about RGU was the modern building and up-to-date facilities. I was also very keen on RGU’s library as I found it an incredibly peaceful and scenic place to work (especially on the 9th floor). Another main contributing factor is the strong industry links. RGU adapts teaching to best suit industry needs which makes their students incredibly employable (it has definitely paid off as I have completed two industrial placements during my time at RGU and have started as a graduate engineer months before I even officially graduate).
What excites me about engineering is that it is so broad and practical – it is the complete package. You gain the skills to take a project from an idea, through design, implementation, and testing, to a final product. There are not many degrees that give you that level of complete satisfaction. My latest personal project is the design of a heater controller!
The four years I spent at uni have been some of the most enjoyable and rewarding years of my life. The core modules are the same for everyone, but you get the opportunity to specialise into areas that really interest you such as programming, networks, power, renewables, and offshore. I elected to complete the programming/networks modules as this really interests me.
I have enjoyed all aspects of university. If I had to really pinpoint what I enjoyed most, it would have to be the practical components. Almost every module has some sort of practical aspect where you have to apply the skills you learned to build/design something. I love that the most because you see how the theory fits into practice. It’s the most rewarding feeling ever being able to hold something that you have designed (usually from scratch).
If you are considering studying engineering at RGU, my advice would be to get stuck in and do as much as you possibly can at uni. That might sound like generic advice but there’s a reason it is such a common one. University pushes you to your absolute limit, it does this because it is one of the best ways to grow and develop. I remember being worried to put myself forward for electrical design lead of RGU Racing because I was worried about how I would manage exams and coursework alongside it. However, accepting the role was one of the best decisions I made. I had to work hard but it was an extremely rewarding experience, and if anything, it gave me context to the theory at uni which helped me perform better during exams and coursework.
It also helped me stand out to employers when applying for jobs and placements. Another piece of advice I would give is to start looking for summer placements early on, this will give you good industrial experience and a lot of the time, help you secure a graduate job! If nothing else, it will give you invaluable experience for your CV and cover letter writing, the interview process, and what recruiters look for. RGU have a great Careers team who can help you through that process so I would recommend setting up a meeting and talking to them.