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    I have conditionals from both Edinburgh and Heriot Watt for Civil Engineering but i don't know what one i want to to into.

    I like Edinburghs location in the city but Heriot Watt is a 5 minute drive from my house. Also apparently you're more likely to get a job if you graduate from Edinburgh but Heriot Watt offers a more practical course that get you ready for a job.

    Heriot Watt also only want an ABB while Edinburgh wants an AAB.

    At this point i dont know what one to accpet, can you all tell me about their pros and cons thanks
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    I would definitely go to Heriot Watt! I'm just about to finish my Civil Engineering there and have absolutely loved it. Heriot Watt is rated so much better for Civil Eng than Edinburgh is - and funny enough, there is several students in my year who started their degree at Edinburgh and dropped out after 1st year because they hated it and decided to come to Heriot Watt instead. The course here definitely sounds a lot more practical and job prospects are great too. Opportunities to study abroad too! Edinburgh obviously has a great reputation overall but I have a lot of friends there who really don't enjoy it unfortunately.

    Good luck with whatever decision you make!
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    (Original post by ccrystalcastle)
    I would definitely go to Heriot Watt! I'm just about to finish my Civil Engineering there and have absolutely loved it. Heriot Watt is rated so much better for Civil Eng than Edinburgh is - and funny enough, there is several students in my year who started their degree at Edinburgh and dropped out after 1st year because they hated it and decided to come to Heriot Watt instead. The course here definitely sounds a lot more practical and job prospects are great too. Opportunities to study abroad too! Edinburgh obviously has a great reputation overall but I have a lot of friends there who really don't enjoy it unfortunately.

    Good luck with whatever decision you make!
    Would you mind telling me a bit more about the course in general? Also what study opportunities are there aborad?
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    (Original post by Ali.R99)
    Would you mind telling me a bit more about the course in general? Also what study opportunities are there aborad?
    Sure - is there anything you would like to know in particular? In 1st year you learn all the basics, ie maths, mechanics, a bit of materials. There is a few site visits and lots of practical labs! 2nd and 3rd year will introduce more design-based courses, steel, concrete, more advanced structures courses, hydraulic, geotechnics and transport. In 4th year you can start choosing some courses and really study the area you are interested in the most. You will also write your dissertation and there is a big design project too. If you stay for 5th year to get your MEng you will get another big design project but all other courses are free for you to choose which is great! There is lots to choose from and they really help you to specialise in a certain sector.

    You can go abroad to Dubai and Malaysia for a semester or whole year in 3rd year - they are Heriot Watt campuses so the curriculum is identical so you will basically do the exact same as in Edinburgh but in a different country. Then in 4th year you can also apply to study abroad for one year in New Hampshire, Calgary, Melbourne, Prague, Brescia or Reykjavik
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    (Original post by ccrystalcastle)
    Sure - is there anything you would like to know in particular? In 1st year you learn all the basics, ie maths, mechanics, a bit of materials. There is a few site visits and lots of practical labs! 2nd and 3rd year will introduce more design-based courses, steel, concrete, more advanced structures courses, hydraulic, geotechnics and transport. In 4th year you can start choosing some courses and really study the area you are interested in the most. You will also write your dissertation and there is a big design project too. If you stay for 5th year to get your MEng you will get another big design project but all other courses are free for you to choose which is great! There is lots to choose from and they really help you to specialise in a certain sector.

    You can go abroad to Dubai and Malaysia for a semester or whole year in 3rd year - they are Heriot Watt campuses so the curriculum is identical so you will basically do the exact same as in Edinburgh but in a different country. Then in 4th year you can also apply to study abroad for one year in New Hampshire, Calgary, Melbourne, Prague, Brescia or Reykjavik
    Thank you for your answer!

    What is the average day like? (How many hours of lectures and school work) also I'm assuming all the modules are all maths based right?

    Lastly could i go to Malaysia one semster and Dubai another semester?

    Thanks for your answer
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    (Original post by Ali.R99)
    Thank you for your answer!

    What is the average day like? (How many hours of lectures and school work) also I'm assuming all the modules are all maths based right?

    Lastly could i go to Malaysia one semster and Dubai another semester?

    Thanks for your answer
    It depends a lot on what year you are in! In 1st and 2nd year there was quite a lot of contact hours, probably around 18-20 per week. But that way you don't have as much work to do at home. Later on, you will have less contact hours but are expected to do a bit more work independently (especially your dissertation and design projects). For example now, in Year 5, I only have 10 hours a week split over 2 days. I guess this is probably quite similar to other unis though.

    I'm not sure about that but I guess that would work too! Are you going to an applicant day? That's a really good opportunity to find out more about those things and speak to lecturers and current students too

    Any more questions just let me know!
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    (Original post by ccrystalcastle)
    It depends a lot on what year you are in! In 1st and 2nd year there was quite a lot of contact hours, probably around 18-20 per week. But that way you don't have as much work to do at home. Later on, you will have less contact hours but are expected to do a bit more work independently (especially your dissertation and design projects). For example now, in Year 5, I only have 10 hours a week split over 2 days. I guess this is probably quite similar to other unis though.

    I'm not sure about that but I guess that would work too! Are you going to an applicant day? That's a really good opportunity to find out more about those things and speak to lecturers and current students too

    Any more questions just let me know!
    Thank you so much for your answers i really appreciate it! I will definitely be going to the applicants day but would to like to know from a students prespective. Obviously im assuming you have to fund your trip abroad
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    (Original post by Ali.R99)
    Thank you so much for your answers i really appreciate it! I will definitely be going to the applicants day but would to like to know from a students prespective. Obviously im assuming you have to fund your trip abroad
    The applicant and open days are really good and interesting - I have helped out at quite a lot of them over the years and you will definitely get all your questions answered there

    You don't need to pay for the tuition fees at your exchange uni but everything else needs to be paid by you (accommodation, visas etc). But as a Scottish student (which I guess you are?) you can claim your flight tickets (and maybe health insurance, I can't remember) back from SAAS!
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    Hi Ali.R99,

    Congrats on your offers! :banana:

    It looks like ccrystalcastle has provided you with lots of great advice and info! :thumbsup:

    At Heriot-Watt, we have 'Go Global', which is our global student programme. As a Civil Engineering student here, you would have three different options for studying abroad:

    Inter-Campus Transfer - We have campuses in Dubai and Malaysia and as Civil Engineering, you have the opportunity to study at either/both of the campuses during your degree. It is possible to spend one semester at Dubai and then one semester in Malaysia! Two students did this last year and had a fantastic experience. If you are SAAS funded, your fees will be paid as if you were in Scotland. However, other costs such as flights, visas and accommodation need to be paid by you. Read the blog posts of Jock, who is currently studying in Malaysia and Antonia, who spent semester 1 in Dubai. Also watch our video to hear from students who have taken part in an Inter-Campus Transfer.

    Exchange - For Civil Engineering, we have Exchange agreements set up with the University of Calgary (Canada), the University of New Hampshire (USA) and RMIT (Australia). Jacob, a Structural Engineering student, is currently studying at the University of Calgary and has written a blog post about his experience. We also have a Q&As from Christina and Cameron, Civil Engineering students, who spent their 4th year at RMIT and New Hampshire.

    Erasmus+ - For Civil Engineering, we have Erasmus+ partners set up with Czech Technical University (Prague), University of Brescia (Italy) and Reykjavik University (Iceland).

    Hope this helps. Check out out Go Global webpages and let me know if you have any questions!

    Carole

    https://youtu.be/l_iLJJ8WPWA?list=PL..._Jv9oZOgyUP-f3

    (Original post by Ali.R99)
    I have conditionals from both Edinburgh and Heriot Watt for Civil Engineering but i don't know what one i want to to into.

    I like Edinburghs location in the city but Heriot Watt is a 5 minute drive from my house. Also apparently you're more likely to get a job if you graduate from Edinburgh but Heriot Watt offers a more practical course that get you ready for a job.

    Heriot Watt also only want an ABB while Edinburgh wants an AAB.

    At this point i dont know what one to accpet, can you all tell me about their pros and cons thanks
 
 
 
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