Prepared for industry
During his studies, Callum benefited from the School of Construction Management and Engineering's links with industry.
"Another strength of the course was the use of industry professionals to lecture specific areas of a module.
"This kept the lectures interesting as there were a wide range of teaching techniques used. They also allowed me to approach projects using a more commercial/business-orientated mindset, which is crucial when working in industry.
"I particularly enjoyed the Sustainable Heat and Power module. It gave a solid grounding in the technical and engineering aspects of renewables (solar, wind, hydro and bioenergy). We were assessed as if we were energy consultants pitching ideas to developers.
"For example, the solar assignment and the use of PVsyst software not only helped me develop my knowledge of an industry-standard piece of software. It allowed me to create my own solar PV array and create a business case for the system based on its estimated financial performance."
Throughout his studies, our staff and student community supported Callum to achieve his potential.
"There was a particularly strong community-feel within the School. It felt like we were all working together on solving energy issues as a team, as opposed to just reproducing assignments.
"The course leader, Dr Maria Vahdati, is incredibly enthusiastic, helpful and dedicated to providing a fantastic experience for the students. I had the pleasure of having my dissertation supervised by Maria, and her support throughout the teaching year and individual project was invaluable.
"I was particularly proud to achieve the highest average mark of any engineering-based MSc course during the year I was there. This would have been impossible without the continued support of Maria and the rest of the School's staff."
For all our futures
After graduation, Callum joined Ricardo Energy and Environment as an Analyst Consultant.
"My duties are split between both the Renewables and Energy & Carbon Management teams. I'm working on a wide range of projects to create more sustainable energy solutions for the future.
"I cannot recommend this MSc course enough to anyone who has an interest in renewable energy!"