h503 - Marine Technology w Naval Architecture MEng

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Meet Crayston from United Kingdom

About me

Choosing Newcastle

For my choice of course I only had three options for universities across the country. After visiting all of them I saw that the facilities on offer at Newcastle were above and beyond what was available elsewhere. Newcastle is a city that has a deep maritime history and heritage, and the marine technology courses taught here are world renowned for their quality. Also being from the North East I also already knew what a pleasant and friendly city Newcastle is.

Studying at Newcastle

On the whole the quality of teaching on the course has been very good, with all lecturers coming from extensive industry backgrounds so able to bring real world applications to what you’re studying. In addition to lectures, there are also seminars and practical lab sessions that aid understanding of complex concepts. Blackboard, the virtual learning environment, is heavily used to provide additional content and material relevant to the course.

Studying Marine Technology

The diversity of the modules in the early stages gives a broad engineering base before you specialise more in the later stages. Some modules are shared with other engineering schools such as electrical, mechanical and civil, but at the same time there are still a number of marine specific modules. I wouldn’t say I have one favourite module…more that I have a number that have been equally as good! These are Advanced Hydrodynamics and Advanced Marine Structures. The latter of which was the subject area that my stage three dissertation was based around.

Recommending Newcastle

I would 100% recommend Newcastle! University isn’t just about the course, it’s about the whole package of moving away from home for the first time, starting a career as well as making friends and contacts for life…all of which are things I believe Newcastle University can do. The combination of facilities, teaching and location is excellent.

Living in Newcastle

The city is very compact and everything you can ever need is at most a 15 minute walk away. People are helpful and friendly if you’re ever lost or looking for somewhere in particular. For a relatively small city there is a diverse population and as such it is possible to find almost any type of food in the city centre. Whilst Newcastle is quite famous for its nightlife (and it doesn’t disappoint!) there is also a vast range of other options for things to do in the evening. One of my favourites is the huge number of pubs, all of which have their own distinct character and charm. There are multiple cinemas and theatres, comedy clubs and bowling alleys all within a short walk from the university campus.

Being social

There are a huge number of clubs and societies available for students to join…if you can think of a sport or hobby then there will be a club/society for it…and if there isn’t then you can make your own! I have been heavily involved with the canoe club and WetSoc – the society for my course. With WetSoc I’ve been away on international trips to Amsterdam and Papenburg, Germany as well as more local trips to Edinburgh and North Shields to visit shipyards. With the canoe club I have organised and run river trips all over the North of England and Western Highlands of Scotland as well as competed on a national level at the BUCS Canoeing competitions.

Student Accommodation

In first year, I lived at Bowsden Court halls in South Gosforth. At first it looks like it is a long way from the main campus but in reality with the Metro so close by and the city’s great network of cycle paths I found I could be in lectures quicker than some of my course mates who lived closer! As with all accommodation options there are pros and cons but some of the big pros of this are that you get an en-suite for a lower price per week than some of the more central halls and you are also just round the corner from two big supermarkets. If you’re thinking of bringing a car to Uni then there is also free car parking here.

Managing your money

I think budgeting on a monthly basis works pretty well…especially once you move out of halls so start having monthly expenses such as gas, electricity, water and internet bills. I didn’t have a regular job during term time but took the occasional opportunities for paid work on university open days etc. Whilst I don’t work during term time, I do work during the holidays and it is this money that helps to fund my hobbies and ‘extra-curricular’ activities….plus it looks good on the CV too.

Future plans

I plan to start a graduate Naval Architecture job after graduating. Throughout my time at university I have used the long summer holidays to gain valuable industry work experience through a couple of summer internships, both of which have led to offers of further employment. The careers service will assist with CV and covering letter writing and many lecturers will happily point you in the right direction towards companies that it is worth applying to.