Sergiu graduated with an MSc Petroleum Engineering from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.

The MSc Petroleum Engineering is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to tackle the oil and gas industry's most challenging problems. Upon graduating students will be able to understand, frame and solve the most complex of upstream problems in today's petroleum industry.

What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University?

Firstly, its world-wide recognised reputation, due to its history and previous graduates. Secondly, the diverse and broad structure of the engineering curricula covered by the Msc Petroleum Engineering programme.

I was pleasantly surprised to realize that the first months on the job were dominated by training programmes very similar with the Field Development Project.

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

Absolutely. The course provided me with the common language of petroleum engineering. It acted as a good business card in having my resume short-listed in the first 2 months after graduation and allowed me to hold a firm ground during the interview. There is no guarantee that the interviewers are always core reservoir engineers, so good reflexes in Geoscience, Production and Economics proved invaluable in getting my job. Ultimately, I was pleasantly surprised to realize that the first months on the job were dominated by training programmes very similar with the Field Development Project from Heriot-Watt.

What advice would you give to a postgraduate student considering applying to Heriot-Watt University?

Try to detach yourself of all the outside stories and preconceptions about the industry, focus on the course and try to engage with the professors as much as possible. Try to get the best out of the non-marked activities (labs) and from the interaction with your peers.