Emma Hayashibara

MEng in Biomedical Engineering

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

I chose Strathclyde for the fantastic reputation of its Faculty of Engineering and Department of Biomedical Engineering. The staff at Strathclyde are all extremely friendly and willing to help. In addition, the central Glasgow location of the campus appealed both in terms of convenience and social life.

What do you like about your course?

I have always been interested in both physical and life sciences. Biomedical Engineering is the perfect degree for me as it covers all my interests and favourite subjects from school: maths, physics and human biology. The field of Biomedical Engineering is up and coming and it is exciting knowing that my studies will contribute towards the future of science. Biomedical Engineering is highly interdisciplinary; we study everything from electronics to mechanics to anatomy.

Are you involved in any other extracurricular activities or part of any groups or societies?

I am a rower as part of the Strathclyde University Boat Club. The consistent training –both at the gym and in the Clyde –has helped me in my studies in terms of improving my time management and organisational skills. Being a member of a sports team is also great for meeting new people and attending social events such as nights out and Christmas dinners.

Do you use many of the university facilities?

I frequently use the Sports Centre as a study break or to train for rowing. The Sports Centre is well-equipped and includes all the facilities you need to keep active. During exam periods and tight deadlines, I make frequent use of the library. There are different floors to fulfil everyone’s needs ranging from group study to silent areas. I have also used the University Careers Service where I spoke to a careers advisor to discuss my career path.

What advice would you give to potential students thinking about studying Biomedical Engineering at Strathclyde?

The key to success at university is managing your time and finding the right balance between your studies and your social life. University is also about trying new things and meeting new people- make sure to make the most of the facilities which Strathclyde have to offer. By joining societies and sports clubs, you will meet like-minded people and make new friends.

The Biomedical Engineering degree will provide you with many opportunities in your career path and is extremely broad and versatile. Biomedical Engineering is about solving problems which have an impact in the real world. It is a tremendously interesting and exciting field to be involved in; if you have a passion for medicine and engineering, this course is for you.