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Why a Biomedical Engineering major in UCD is the way to go

July 17, 2017 | By | No Comments

Discover what makes UCD so special when it comes to Biomedical Engineering and let Naomi, our Nigerian Ambassador, convince you that studying abroad in Ireland is the best choice…

To anyone who knows anything about studying in college, an engineering major is not the easiest of all. In fact, when anyone hears that you have a degree in engineering, they are immediately inclined to believe that you didn’t have much of a college life. However, that has been quite the contrary for me, so far, at University College Dublin (UCD). My college life has been a good mix of many events and experiences excluding math and studying which is the stereotypical meaning of the life of an Engineering major. What exactly could be so different? You might ask. Well, to be honest, I can’t say, what I would do though is give you a little snippet of what UCD has offered me as an engineering major so far.

…when anyone hears that you have a degree in engineering, they are immediately inclined to believe that you didn’t have much of a college life. However, that has been quite the contrary for me, so far, at University College Dublin.

In UCD, you start to be groomed on the fundamentals of engineering from the word go. With six core modules to kick start your journey to becoming an Engineer, you don’t really have any breathing space, especially when you’re not moving at the right pace in terms of keeping up with the content. However, I think that UCD does a great job at keeping its students up to speed with the material. Sure everyone gets a little lazy sometimes, but the biggest problem any engineering student has, as does any student at all, is procrastination. Apart from that, the material UCD provides to engineering students is as manageable as any other major if you do it right. More so, UCD’s horizon programme helps you to explore grounds that you otherwise would not have been able to if the programme was so restrictive.

UCD’s horizon programme helps you to explore grounds that you otherwise would not have been able to if the programme was so restrictive.

In UCD, the lecturers are very talented and they try their very best to help their students get through an otherwise tough degree. In addition, the university has a number of clubs and societies that organise weekly events that ensure you always have something to help you unwind. Some of these societies are even tailored for engineering students, hence, you’re learning but in a fun and chilled way. For biomedical engineering students, life couldn’t be better because you get to have the best of both worlds from the very beginning. Whereas, in most universities, you study to be an Electrical or Mechanical Engineer and then get a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

UCD is one of the few colleges that I can proudly say really caters for its students academically.

Nevertheless, As a Biomedical Engineering major, my schedule can be slightly more tasking. This is because it is a combination of three disciplines; Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Medicine. Thankfully, as the degree progresses, it is streamlined to combine either Mechanical Engineering and Medicine or Electrical Engineering and Medicine. In terms of lecture locations, we shoot between the O’Brien science building and the engineering building making us very active on UCD’s large campus grounds throughout the day. My day also includes a bit of the gym and hanging out with friends.

In all, is engineering stressful? Well, it as stressful as you make it. UCD is one of the few colleges that I can proudly say really caters for its students academically. It almost spoon feeds them, helping to keep track of their progress every step of the way with a carefully weighted continuous assessment and the opportunity to have a well-rounded lifestyle. So, ever thought of going to a university that’s after your academic dreams? Try University College Dublin.

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