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Why did you decide to study in an offbeat and unconventional career MSc(Eng) Oilfield Corrosion Engineering at the University of Leeds?
After completing a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India,, I was a bit unsure of what to do in future, but after motivation from friends and family I decided to do my Master’s degree. I chose to specialize in corrosion control and after some research, I found that the University of Leeds offered a more specific course in oil and gas corrosion. Leeds offers more in depth knowledge of oilfield corrosion and material science as a whole and the teaching faculty is the best I have ever had. The reputation of the University, especially the school of mechanical engineering, is fantastic and has been increasing year by year.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
The best aspect of my course is the teaching. The academics have guided me to achieve what I am now and the reason for my depth of knowledge in the subject. They were always there when I needed. I have learned a lot during this one year of study at the university. The lab facility for the corrosion is outstanding here too.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
I did a project on “top of line corrosion” under the supervision of Prof. Anne Neville in the University of Leeds. This study was extremely challenging and the faculty made it easy for me to do this with all the support I had at all times.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Leeds is really a beautiful city where you can meet people from all parts of the world. This is definitely a place to interact with different communities and cultures and learn more from them. The people here are friendlier than I thought before coming here. My life at Leeds is of more shopping and entertainment experience and new friends from different places. Global café at Leeds Union was one of my places to chat and find new friends. The library at Leeds is huge and you get everything you need it from there. I can say that library helped me more than Dr.Google.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambitions for the future is to gain a few years of experience in the oil and gas industry and having a background in the middle east make me prefer work there. Later, I will try to do my PhD so as to achieve more professional goals and benefits out of it. I would really prefer to do my phD here at Leeds University as I enjoyed my study here.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
My communication skills have increased considerably since joining the university. The structure of the course and life at Leeds made it possible. I have also achieved leadership skills during this year as I was the course representative for the academic year 2014/15.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
I would recommend anyone who is interested in corrosion and the oil industry to join this university and experience what I have experienced during one beautiful year of my studies. The modules here are more focused on oil and gas industry. I believe we can get a quick start for the future after completing the course from here. Apart from corrosion, we also study about material science, its selection and failure analysis. This makes us a perfect Corrosion Engineer!