Paul Murphy

Natural progression

Having studied part-time whilst working as an engineer, Paul Murphy felt prepared to undertake an MSc in Engineering at Lancaster. “I had been looking for an MSc in Engineering to further develop myself,” he says. “After nearly 15 years of studying Electrical Engineering on a part time basis, I wanted an MSc that would broaden my engineering knowledge but not be completely disconnected from my sector, and this course came highly recommended by my colleagues.” Paul was pleased to find that Lancaster offers an Engineering programme that matched his goals and requirements.

Welcome to Lancaster

Upon his arrival, Paul was instantly impressed by Lancaster’s lecturers. “After discussions with the course tutors I decided that it was the course for me,” he says. “The tutors came across as very ‘down to earth’, and both understood my requirements and the demands that part time study can impose on a student.”

Flexible learning

As an experienced engineer and mature student, Paul’s academic journey offers an insightful perspective into how further study at Lancaster can strengthen a person’s knowledge at any step along their career. “As I study part time, I am on campus for week-long blocks,” he says. “This allows me to leave the office and concentrate solely on my studies. The facilities are excellent - I stay at a hotel on-site and after parking up on Sunday night, I don’t need to drive anywhere until Friday evening. This is brilliant and takes even more stress away.”

Helpful support

Paul is pleased with the facilities and level of support given at Lancaster. “Once the week is over, I have fantastic support from my tutors who are always available through email or on the telephone should I have any problems,” he says. “The remote access to Moodle is also incredibly useful, as it grants me access to all of the facilities that are available on campus.”

Ready for the future

Studying in Lancaster’s Engineering Department has equipped Paul with the practical skills and knowledge needed for a career that matches his aspirations. “I have always enjoyed engineering,” he says. “The skills I have picked up over the years from serving an apprenticeship as an electrician, to working as a technician in an oil refinery, to studying for a degree part time have been transferable between my professional, academic and personal life.”