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Ecological and Environmental Sciences

Rhianna Shearer talks about her experience of studying at Edinburgh and why she chose to study ecological and environmental sciences with us.

Rhianna Shearer

Rhianna Shearer

Rhianna Shearer is a 4th year student studying BSc (Hons) Ecological and Environmental Sciences.

"The University of Edinburgh is one of the best universities in the UK. My programme offers a wide range of topics from animal behaviour to soil, water and atmospheric processes."

My programme 

"My programme offers a wide range of topics from animal behaviour to soil, water and atmospheric processes. The programme also involves field trips to Loch Tay and Oban.

The lecture theatres are well equipped for recording lectures which makes it easier to revise. There are also computer labs which are accessible 24 hours a day allowing for flexible working hours.

The lecturers are always happy to answer questions and it's easy to contact them through the discussion boards online.

I find writing scientific reports and essays the most challenging aspect of my programme, as well as taking exams. It can also be difficult to keep up with coursework as I have to manage my time effectively.

The programme involves field work, with projects being carried out in the nearby Braidburn Valley Park. In the summer after first year, we independently designed and completed our own projects. This provided valuable experience in designing projects and collecting data. Writing up our own project reports also allows us to improve on our scientific writing skills."

The lecture theatres are well equipped for recording lectures which makes it easier to revise. There are also computer labs which are accessible 24 hours a day allowing for flexible working hours.

Rhianna Shearer4th year, Ecological and Environmental Sciences (BSc Hons)

My student experience

"Edinburgh has many historical buildings which give the city a great atmosphere. There is always something going on in the city; from the Fringe Festival, to the Samhuinn Fire Festival, to the Christmas market.

The city also has many links with other countries, potentially resulting in the opportunity to speak or work with researchers in tropical or Arctic areas.

I enjoy meeting new people within and outside my programme - I've met people from many countries and backgrounds.

There are also a variety of sports clubs and societies available to join which provide a nice break from studying. I have enjoyed trying out rugby, karate and the Medieval Society."

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