Kalyani Rajkumar is from Kerala and completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Government Engineering College, Barton Hill in Kerala, India.
Kalyani has successfully completed her PGT course in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering (AMSE) at the University of Bristol and now works on 5G technology at the Smart Internet lab at the University.
Kalyani explains how she chose Bristol and share her experiences of the city and University.
What made you chose Bristol for your studies?
The reputation of a Russell Group University and the highly comprehensive course that aligned with my career interests were the major reasons I chose the University of Bristol for my higher education.
I had several offers from some of the top Universities in the UK and I did a lot of research to reach the right decision.
In the engineering field, University of Bristol stood out among all others and it was very evident to me from the league tables.
Moreover, I found that the AMSE course is a well-structured course that is designed to give the students an overview of every aspect of microelectronics.
What is your favourite thing about living in Bristol?
Having visited a few other cities in the UK, I feel that Bristol is one of the most dynamic and exciting cities for student life.
Everything is highly accessible, the city centre being just a short walk from the University.
I also love the fact that there is a wide variety of great food to choose from and it is just a beautiful city where you can enjoy a nice walk or a bike ride.
How was the quality of the teaching on your course?
Although the AMSE course is quite intense and challenging, the professors are very invested in helping the students do well.
Help is always available when you need it and the coursework and assignments in every unit helped me understand the subjects much more deeply.
Now you have graduated tell us about the job you have just started...
I got the opportunity to work with the High-Performance Networks group in the Smart Internet Lab at the University for my Research project.
My project work and good academic performance helped me to attain a job as a Research Associate in FPGA and embedded systems in the same lab. Currently, I work on really exciting technologies that are accelerating the growth of 5G technology.
What three pieces of advice do you have for someone considering the University of Bristol?
Be prepared to work hard. Engineering MSc courses are quite intense and demanding.
However, if you are organized and focused, it is guaranteed that you will learn a lot and attain amazing results.
Time management is a skill that you will develop immensely during your time as an MSc student.
Try and get in touch with past students who have done the course you are applying to, they can give you an overview of what to expect in that specific course.
I found this information very useful throughout my course.
Do not hesitate to ask questions. The faculty and staff at the University are extremely helpful and responsive.
You can get all the information you need from them about every aspect of your University life. Reaching out to the University staff helped me quite a lot during my application process.