Clifford Phang - BEng (Hons) Civil and Coastal Engineering

"I am an Assistant Coastal Engineer for URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited, an international civil engineering design and construction firm. I started working for URS (formerly Scott Wilson) as a Graduate Coastal Engineer after graduation. I am responsible for the delivery of projects in various countries, including the UK, Middle East, Brazil, Africa, Azerbaijan. These involve numerical modelling of shoreline impact, hydrodynamic, dredge dispersal, wave transformation and also design of seawall, pontoon etc. The best part of the job is getting to work on big projects and team working skill is absolutely crucial. There are problems to solve every day and I never get the same problem twice.

My degree has provided me with knowledge that I can apply straight into work. On top of all that, Plymouth University has a unique teaching methodology which encourages students to work in groups, helping to improve skills such as leadership, teamwork and organisation.

When looking at where to study, Plymouth University came top of my list. It is one of the most reputable universities for coastal engineering with talented yet experienced lecturers and sophisticated laboratories. One of the University’s lecturers gave a talk at my college in Malaysia which I found very eye opening both about the university, Plymouth and life in the UK. I received a partial scholarship from the university which made pursuing higher education in the UK financially feasible for me.

Plymouth is quite a modern city with everything a student needs. I really enjoyed my time there. It is easily accessible from London by train and is by the sea yet in the city so you get the best of both worlds. It didn’t take me long to adjust to life in the UK, people here are very nice and friendly. When I first arrived I stayed in a home-stay accommodation with an English couple who were both very hospitable."