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 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 PG student considering embarking on their journey of a lifetime at Heriot-Watt?

My experience studying through the Independent Distance Learning 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.

I loved the ability to make my own hours and arrange my studies around other things in my life, such as my family commitments.

Linda Cottrell