Linda Cottrell

Aker Solutions

Linda graduated with an MSc in Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering in 2012 and now works for Aker Solutions in Norway.

Could you tell us about your current role?

I work in research and development on leading edge, subsea technology. We develop subsea processing pumps, electric motors and the support systems for them.

What was your experience of doing a postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt University?

It was excellent! Although I already had considerable experience in some aspects of my field, my degree introduced me to a much broader field and many new applications. As I was enrolled in an independent distance learning (IDL) programme, my professional network increased globally and I made many new friends. And I loved the ability to make my own hours and arrange my studies around other things in my life, such as my family commitments.

Do you think your Heriot-Watt postgraduate experience gave you an edge in your chosen field and why?

My postgraduate experience did give me an edge for several reasons. Some are as simple as having a masters degree as evidence of my capability. But I think that more importantly, it exposed me to a very broad view of my field and a wide variety of applications. The theoretical aspects of safety, risk and reliability engineering were enhanced with applications from a number of industries. The University is also well respected in the oil and gas industry where I began the next phase of my career.

What advice would you give to a postgrauate student considering embarking on their studies at Heriot-Watt?

My experience studying through the IDL programme was absolutely brilliant. A postgraduate degree is hard but very rewarding work and Heriot-Watt University rewards academic ability with knowledge and skills that are sought by companies in many industries. I highly recommend it.


MSc Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, 2012