Idris Dungarwalla

Why did you choose Heriot-Watt?

I chose Heriot-Watt because of the excellent rankings it has for Chemistry across the UK. Additionally, the intake for Chemistry is relatively small compared to other universities and this provides for a very supportive learning experience. The level of support given to students by the staff throughout their time at Heriot-Watt is unparalleled. There truly is an open-door policy and this was a strong motivator to join Heriot-Watt. Finally, Heriot-Watt has great connections with notable oil and gas as well as chemical research companies thus providing fantastic career opportunities. 

How was your experience studying Chemistry at Heriot-Watt?

Nothing short of excellent. As mentioned above, the support the staff give truly makes a difference. Whether you have a serious issue or a silly question, all staff have an open-door policy which is great. As you progress through the years at Heriot-Watt, you will build strong relationships with the staff and this is something you don't really get anywhere else. Furthermore, the laboratories have recently been renovated and students have access to some of the most state of the art equipment right from first year giving you a much broader knowledge of experimental chemistry.

How has your degree helped you in your career?

Ironically I am not pursuing a career in Chemistry. During my undergraduate I was introduced to the world of finance and got really drawn to investments and private banking. I completed a summer internship at HSBC and extended that into a full time graduate offer.

However, the skills I gained throughout my degree are extremely transferable and sought for! Given the lengthy time I had spent in the lab over the 4 years, I developed very strong analytical skills which are easily applicable in a financial environment. Moreover, studying Chemistry creates a very rigorous problem-solving ethic as well as logical and rational thinking which is useful no matter what kind of job you pursue.