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    Hi all!

    New user here! I was seeking information about postgraduates in the UK and discovered this forum! It’s great, I’ve already cleared up some of my questions, but I still have many doubts, so any help you could provide would be great!

    Here’s my case:

    My name is Adria (Adrian in English, and I’m a male, you may laugh, but I’ve had to specify this more than once…) and I’m 28. I’m from Barcelona, where I did a 5 years degree in Industrial Engineering. I’ve just discovered that in the rest of the world people usually do 3 years of bachelor degree, and afterwards 2 years of MEng, but thanks to Bologna plan, my studies of Engineering can be put on the same level (3 years Bachelor + 2 MEng). Europe saving the arse of Spain again…

    Well, I’ve been working for about 5 years in the energy sector as an Energy trader. It has its strengths and its downsides, but I realized it’s not my thing. Anyway, my company is going to be moved to Switzerland, so I’ll probably lose my job here. I’d like to take this opportunity to take a break and do a postgraduate abroad, improve my English skills, get drunk with students 6 years younger than me, enjoy the British weather, and boost my career. So here it begins my questionnaire!

    Do you think it’s a good decision? It really makes the difference, if I already have a MEng, to do another postgraduate program? I’ve seen some MSc, 1 year length, in some areas that are very appealing to me, and I thought they could open some opportunity in the job market.

    As for the MSc itself, I was looking something still related with the energy, but focused in the demand management, smart grids, storage systems, renewables… and I found an interesting program in Heriot Watt: MSc in smart grids and demand management. So, what’s your opinion of this uni? As I’m not from the UK, I could move wherever, so if you think there’s a better place to study engineering with similar program, I have no problem.

    How do the postgraduates work in the UK?? I ask this, cause I’ve been looking for MSc also in Germany, and normally they last 2 years there, and are practically free (200€ fees per semester…) whereas in the UK the fees are 5000pounds per year, and most programs are just 1 year length. Is there something that I am missing??

    Can I apply to more than 1 uni at a time, and if I get accepted in more than one, decline the other offers? Or once you send your applications, it’s seen as an engagement from you?

    What’s about the job prospects in the UK? (Before giving your opinion, remember that I come from a country with an unemployment rate of 26%...). I mean, are the postgraduates orientated towards the job opportunities? Provide the programs/unis good chances to the students to find a job related to the field of study?

    Well, that’s all for today. Not bad, being my first post, don’t you thing??
    Sorry for the book I’ve just wrote! Any answer will be very welcomed! Thank you very much! And of course, if I can help by giving some information about Spanish universities, just ask! My first advice: never come here unless you’re planning to spend your holidays…

    See you!
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    postgraduate masters in the uk are 1 year long, although there are some that are longer than that. I'm surprised the course you're looking at is only 5000gbp for the year, many courses cost twice that for international students. i know there are some companies that sponsor and pay for your masters, so maybe that's something you should look into.

    obviously if you are considering a german university, you should make sure you are fluent in german.

    I don't think you should pursue another masters degree just for the job prospects.
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    Heriott Watt is low tier in general, however its known for its oil-industry related masters courses so has something of a specialism in that area. It depends which particular degree you are looking at though, and what you want to do.

    Given that you seem to have a pretty strong background, you should really be applying to the top places as first choice though (Oxbridge/Imperial/UCL/etc), particularly since as you point out, the fees are a lot higher than on the continent.
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    (Original post by samsama)
    postgraduate masters in the uk are 1 year long, although there are some that are longer than that. I'm surprised the course you're looking at is only 5000gbp for the year, many courses cost twice that for international students. i know there are some companies that sponsor and pay for your masters, so maybe that's something you should look into.
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    He isn't an international student, EU students pay the same fees as those from the UK. International = non-EU.
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    Hi all!

    New user here! I was seeking information about postgraduates in the UK and discovered this forum! It’s great, I’ve already cleared up some of my questions, but I still have many doubts, so any help you could provide would be great!

    Here’s my case:

    My name is Adria (Adrian in English, and I’m a male, you may laugh, but I’ve had to specify this more than once…) and I’m 28. I’m from Barcelona, where I did a 5 years degree in Industrial Engineering. I’ve just discovered that in the rest of the world people usually do 3 years of bachelor degree, and afterwards 2 years of MEng, but thanks to Bologna plan, my studies of Engineering can be put on the same level (3 years Bachelor + 2 MEng). Europe saving the arse of Spain again…

    Well, I’ve been working for about 5 years in the energy sector as an Energy trader. It has its strengths and its downsides, but I realized it’s not my thing. Anyway, my company is going to be moved to Switzerland, so I’ll probably lose my job here. I’d like to take this opportunity to take a break and do a postgraduate abroad, improve my English skills, get drunk with students 6 years younger than me, enjoy the British weather, and boost my career. So here it begins my questionnaire!

    Do you think it’s a good decision? It really makes the difference, if I already have a MEng, to do another postgraduate program? I’ve seen some MSc, 1 year length, in some areas that are very appealing to me, and I thought they could open some opportunity in the job market.

    As for the MSc itself, I was looking something still related with the energy, but focused in the demand management, smart grids, storage systems, renewables… and I found an interesting program in Heriot Watt: MSc in smart grids and demand management. So, what’s your opinion of this uni? As I’m not from the UK, I could move wherever, so if you think there’s a better place to study engineering with similar program, I have no problem.

    How do the postgraduates work in the UK?? I ask this, cause I’ve been looking for MSc also in Germany, and normally they last 2 years there, and are practically free (200€ fees per semester…) whereas in the UK the fees are 5000pounds per year, and most programs are just 1 year length. Is there something that I am missing??

    Can I apply to more than 1 uni at a time, and if I get accepted in more than one, decline the other offers? Or once you send your applications, it’s seen as an engagement from you?

    What’s about the job prospects in the UK? (Before giving your opinion, remember that I come from a country with an unemployment rate of 26%...). I mean, are the postgraduates orientated towards the job opportunities? Provide the programs/unis good chances to the students to find a job related to the field of study?

    Well, that’s all for today. Not bad, being my first post, don’t you thing??
    Sorry for the book I’ve just wrote! Any answer will be very welcomed! Thank you very much! And of course, if I can help by giving some information about Spanish universities, just ask! My first advice: never come here unless you’re planning to spend your holidays…

    See you!
    With the cost of an MSc in the UK, I think you've got to be quite clear on what your aims are and how the MSc will help with achieving them. One of the main reason for studying an engineering/energy related is to get into the job you want. To that end, there are few places better than Heriot Watt for energy related engineering courses in the UK; it's one of the key targets in the industry.

    In the UK we do not have industrial engineering degrees. I looked it up and it mainly appears to be based on operations management, process improvement, quality assurance, rather than engineering itself. I'm not sure if this may be a barrier to getting into a more technical MSc or securing a more technical related job.
 
 
 
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