We get lots of experience working with specialist programs like MATLAB and CATIA, which are used in industry. For my dissertation, I designed some improved joints for a Bamboo bike which has been developed by Brookes engineers. I used the software program Abaqus to test the stresses and ensure that the joints will stay strong and not fail.
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.