Emily Burnett

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology


Emily Burnett

Emily's Story

Emily Burnett attended the University's Open and Applicant Days and was impressed by all of the facilities available to students on campus.

"I knew I wanted to study at Stirling - it is an ideal place for a student coming from a rural background, like myself: the surrounding hills and fields also reminded me of home.

"The staff and student ambassadors were also so friendly and went out of their way to answer any questions I had as an applicant."

Emily has always enjoyed spending time at the beach and watched documentaries by Sir David Attenborough during her childhood - it was a natural fit for her to embark upon a BSc Marine Biology.

During her four-year spell at Stirling, Emily joined many clubs and societies - including the Live Music and Marine Conservation societies and the Sen-no-Kai Karate Club. She also enjoyed taking in the local nightlife with friends and hikes across the neighbouring countryside.

Emily initially struggled with confidence on arriving at Stirling but she says the University helped give her confidence.

During her studies, Emily undertook an internship at a seal rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands - describing it as a "very rewarding experience" during which she developed career skills while making life-long friends. The internship was also key in influencing her decision to specialise in marine mammal science.

Describing her time at Stirling as "friendly, enthusiastic and fun", Emily, 21, is now going to study an MSc in Marine Conservation with a view to a career in marine mammal bioacoustics.