We get lots of experience working with specialist programs like MATLAB and CATIA, which are used in industry. For my dissertation, I'm designing some improved joints for a Bamboo bike which has been developed by Brookes engineers. I'm using the software program Abaqus to test the stresses and ensure that the joints will stay strong and not fail.
Last year, I was involved in a project called Formula Student, where we design and build a racing car. Everything that you learn in class you apply to Formula Student. Unlike other universities, most of the parts are actually made by our students, which is great experience.