• Question: How many years did you spend in university and were they eventful?

    Asked by Chirag6000 to Andrew, Lizzie, Nick, Sonia, Chuen on 16 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by yacin.
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      Elizabeth Kapasa answered on 16 Jun 2015:


      I did a four year MEng degree and now I’m doing a 4 year PhD programme. Uni is definitely very eventful! I think it really shapes you as a person because it’s the first time you’re independent.

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      Nicholas Hitchins answered on 16 Jun 2015:


      I did a three year BEng followed by a 12 month MSc and it was completely worth every minute of it.

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      Andrew Phillips answered on 19 Jun 2015:


      I did a five year MEng degree in Edinburgh – you spend an extra year in Scotland, and I was the last year that didn’t have to pay fees. Then I spend four years doing my PhD and 1 year as a research associate, before I became a lecturer at Imperial – so 9 years as a student! It was very eventful, but I have to protect the names of the guilty so can’t share the stories!

      I wouldn’t have done it any differently. Doing a PhD is really just like having a very cool job. On an undergraduate degree you do really mature as a person – I think you’re a lot more appreciative of how people have helped you along the way by the end of a degree than you are at the start.

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