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NOTE: To any current students at Heriot-Watt who even have the slightest inkling about helping answering questions on this thread, please either post here or PM me or something else and help any way you can :tongue:

Hello and welcome to Heriot-Watt's new Ask a Current Student thread! This is a place where prospective students and applicants can ask questions to current students at the university. Below, there will be a list of students who have offered to help answer questions on anything to do with the university. I'd also ask if people can ask specific questions about things rather than a generic question like "Is the teaching good?" because the answer you will get will probably be not that helpful as I'd be rather unsure exactly what you are attempting to discover. :tongue: Lastly, I'd like to thank Ecosse_14 for giving me the go ahead for this thread :smile:

Current Students

Name: Qno2
Degree: MPhys Mathematical Physics (Discipline of Physics - School of Engineering and Physical Science)
Year: 4th Year
Halls lived in during 1st year: Leonard Horner - D Block
Educational background: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (SQA)
Additional information: I should be able to answer most questions relating to physics and mathematics degrees but I might be able to help with other EPS and MACS courses. I actually started here at Heriot-Watt in 2nd year after doing my 1st year at the University of the West of Scotland studying physics after a disappointing 6th year at high school. I do have friends who started in 1st year so I think I can still answer most of the questions about that.

Name: WeeGuy
Degree: Economics (Department of Economics - School of Management and Languages)
Year: 3rd Year
Additional information: Feel free to ask me anything about HWU.

Name: Rhi93
Degree: MA in Interpreting and Translating - French/German (Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies - School of Management and Languages)
Year: Graduated
Halls lived in during 1st year: Midlothian A ("The Ghetto") - got demolished fairly recently though!!
Educational background: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (SQA)
Additional information: I'm currently on the compulsory third year abroad so feel free to ask me questions about placements, applications etc

Name: Mechie
Degree: Electrical Engineering (Discipline of Electrical Engineering - School of Engineering and Physical Science)
Year: 5th year or Graduated

Name: becciburt
Degree: BSc Psychology (Department of Psychology - School of Life Sciences)
Year: Graduated
Halls lived in during 1st year: I lived off campus in my first year
Educational background: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (SQA)

Name: Sebarau
Degree: Mechanical Engineering (Discipline of Mechanical Engineering - School of Engineering and Physical Science)
Year: 3rd Year
Halls lived in during 1st year: Leonard Horner
Educational Background: A-Levels
Additional Information: Did the general engineering degree (H100) in 1st year. Happy to answer any questions about campus life, things you'll need, a level students looking to apply, opinion of lecturers etc

Name: CalDem
Degree: BSc Information Systems (Department of Computer Science - School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences)
Year: 3rd year
Halls lived in during 1st year: I moved to Edinburgh the year before I started uni, so I lived off-campus.
Educational Background: One Higher, a mix of vocational qualifications, and an HND. (SQA)
Additional Information: I did atrociously in High School do went to college for two years before uni. Last year I was the Class Rep for Information Systems. This year, I am on the board of the Computing Society and I was elected as HW's Delegate to NUS Scotland.
I will be able to answer most questions about CompSci courses, articulation from college, and things to do with societies, representation or the Student Union.

Name: kingdinosaur
Degree: Structural/Civil Engineering (Department of Civil and Structural Engineering - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (Formerly School of the Built Environment))
Year: 2nd year
Halls lived in during 1st year: Christina Miller Halls
Additional Information: If anyone has any questions about the course, uni or halls shoot away.
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Reply 1
Hey, qno2!

Thank's for starting this thread.

My questions are:
1. How active are the student societies?
2. Are there any pictures or videos of Christina Miller Hall? If yes - where can I find them? I've looked all over, but I can't find anything besides the artist's impression photos.

Thanks in advance! :biggrin:
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Name: WeeGuy
Degree: Economics
Year: 1st Year
Additional information: Feel free to as me anything about HWU.
Reply 3
Original post by Mr.T_G


My questions are:
1. How active are the student societies?
2. Are there any pictures or videos of Christina Miller Hall? If yes - where can I find them? I've looked all over, but I can't find anything besides the artist's impression photos.

Thanks in advance! :biggrin:


Christina Miller Halls

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Reply 4
Original post by Mr.T_G
Hey, Qno2!

Thanks for starting this thread.

My questions are:
1. How active are the student societies?
2. Are there any pictures or videos of Christina Miller Hall? If yes - where can I find them? I've looked all over, but I can't find anything besides the artist's impression photos.

Thanks in advance! :biggrin:


Most if not all of the societies are pretty active with most meeting at least once a week. I think the academic societies tend to meet less often (The Physics society meets once every 2 weeks for example but they do other events throughout the year so its a bit more often than that.)
I haven't seen anything about Christina Millar apart from what's on the website. I, myself have only been to it once mainly to rescue a few drunk people :tongue:
Reply 5
Thanks for the answers! :smile:
Reply 6
what is the education system of this uni ? im international student so a bit scared that are they lineant?
Reply 7
Original post by razaakif
what is the education system of this uni ? im international student so a bit scared that are they lineant?



sorry but i dont know what youre asking:redface:

if you explain in more detail.
Reply 8
:tongue: i meant to ask about examinations .. what i wanted to ask is that are there exams tough keeping in view the lectures given in class.
Reply 9
also tell me the living expenses in dubai if any1 knows
Reply 10
Original post by razaakif
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i dont know about Dubai.
Heyyyy!! I am unsure whether to put this as my insurance or not. Is it a good fun uni with good lectures and also a homely feel? I can't find much info on H W :/ x
Reply 12
Original post by emma-jayne1995
Heyyyy!! I am unsure whether to put this as my insurance or not. Is it a good fun uni with good lectures and also a homely feel? I can't find much info on H W :/ x



hi there

it is a great uni good fun and for the most part good lecturers. its a campus uni so you often bump into people you know .
Reply 13
I'd say it's a fun university but then I'm biased :P The question of whether we have good lectures or not is pointless tbh. This is because at most universities, you will get good lectures and bad lectures within the same department. If it sets your mind at ease thought, I'd say I've never had a lecturer so far who didn't really know what they were talking, just a few who sometimes had trouble getting that across.
Reply 14
Name: Rhi93
Degree: MA in Interpreting and Translating (French/German)
Year: 3rd Year
Halls lived in during 1st year: Midlothian A ("The Ghetto") - got demolished fairly recently though!!
Educational background: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (SQA)
Additional information: I'm currently on the compulsory third year abroad so feel free to ask me questions about placements, applications etc :smile:
Original post by Rhi93
Name: Rhi93
Degree: MA in Interpreting and Translating (French/German)
Year: 3rd Year
Halls lived in during 1st year: Midlothian A ("The Ghetto") - got demolished fairly recently though!!
Educational background: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (SQA)
Additional information: I'm currently on the compulsory third year abroad so feel free to ask me questions about placements, applications etc :smile:


I have applied for Spanish and Applied Language Studies but the only uni I am still waiting to hear from is Heriot Watt! I was just wondering whether you find the language department helpful and engaging? Is there a good support system or is there a lot more independence? Alsooo, I actually fell in love with stirling campus but didn't get the same feeling about heriot watt, though I was only there a short time. Do you find it a nice place to study? Basically I am just wondering what's your overall opinion of your studies so far!
Reply 16
Original post by rachelcee.
I have applied for Spanish and Applied Language Studies but the only uni I am still waiting to hear from is Heriot Watt! I was just wondering whether you find the language department helpful and engaging? Is there a good support system or is there a lot more independence? Alsooo, I actually fell in love with stirling campus but didn't get the same feeling about heriot watt, though I was only there a short time. Do you find it a nice place to study? Basically I am just wondering what's your overall opinion of your studies so far!


Well the French department isn't exactly the most organised of departments, I can tell you that!! But yeah you get assigned a mentor who you can go to with any problems, be it personal or academic.

I loooooove the HW campus, I've found it really weird on my year abroad to be at unis with buildings spread over the city :tongue:

I think you definitely get a high quality of language learning at Heriot-Watt :smile:
Original post by Rhi93
Name: Rhi93
Degree: MA in Interpreting and Translating (French/German)
Year: 3rd Year
Halls lived in during 1st year: Midlothian A ("The Ghetto") - got demolished fairly recently though!!
Educational background: Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers (SQA)
Additional information: I'm currently on the compulsory third year abroad so feel free to ask me questions about placements, applications etc :smile:


Awesome to have you involved! :h:
Can anyone comment on the biosciences department?
Reply 19
Original post by emma-jayne1995
Can anyone comment on the biosciences department?


I'm assuming by bioscience, you mean biology. If so, I can't comment directly but I know a few doing biology degrees and most of them seem fairly happy with it apart from those doing brewing as they only get to do specialist modules in that kind of stuff in 3rd and 4th year. I'm not exactly sure what you are after here to be honest?

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