BEng Electrical and Railway Engineering, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
"I would definitely recommend coming to one of the University open days or an applicant visit day. Speak to people who are currently on the railway courses and decide whether the course is right for you."
Why did you originally apply to do your chosen course at Birmingham?
I have always had an interest in the railway sector and when I was looking at going to university, this course stood out for me as it was the only railway associated course available at undergraduate level. I attended an applicant visit day (AVD) which helped me to make the final decision on which university to attend. The course information was very informative as the course is run by members of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. The campus is also a key reason for applying to the University of Birmingham.
What do you think are the best points of your course?
The integration between each of the modules has really helped during the course. The first year module for railway engineering was very interesting and really expanded my knowledge of all the different subsystems that go into building and running the railway. We have also been on a practical field trip to Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. This for me was very insightful as we were shown around an active railway and we were also given the chance to operate the railway and learn railway operation principles.
What’s the best thing about studying at the University of Birmingham?
I feel that the support from the lecturers and postgraduate teaching assistants has been fundamental in my two years at university. The feedback from lecturers who have marked work is very detailed and allows students to learn from their mistakes, in order to progress understanding. Additional support classes are offered which allow you to practice the subject further in a classroom environment.
What’s your highlight of your time at the University?
The field trip to Ecclesbourne Valley Railway was certainly my highlight so far. The trip cemented my understanding of railway infrastructure and operations, which proved invaluable in later piece of railway coursework.
What advice would you give to students thinking about studying on the course?
I would definitely recommend coming to one of the University open days or an applicant visit day. Speak to people who are currently on the railway courses and decide whether the course is right for you.
Is there anything extra students thinking about studying on the course should know?
As the course is jointly run in conjunction with Civil Engineering, you will get the chance to work with new people outside of Electrical Engineering groups. Meeting new people within the course is essential for the second year railway modules.