School of Computing

Testimonials from Master's students

What is it like to study computing at Master's level? What are the best bits and the challenges? What is life on campus like?

Read more about our students' experiences in the profiles below. You can also read more on our student stories blog.

Ruksar KachchhiMSc Computer Science
  • Course: MSc Computer Science
  • Graduation year: 2018

Ruksar Kachchhi

Why did you decide to study a conversion Master’s in Computing?

Although I enjoyed studying Business Administration, I didn’t feel it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have always loved computers and I learned the basics of various languages when I was in school, but I never thought of it as a career choice. Then, my brother persuaded me to learn Java for Android development. I took a few courses on Udacity and started building applications for Android. The thrill and excitement that I felt when I made my first app made me realise that this is something that I would love to do for my entire life.

And why did you choose to come to Kent?

I came to the UK to visit my sister, and I was looking for a good university to do a Master’s in computer science. I visited the University of Kent on an open day and got the opportunity to discuss my plans with one of the lecturers here. I took a walk around the university campus and I truly felt that this is the place I would want to be.

What kind of academic support do you receive? How easy has it been to start studying a new discipline at postgraduate level?

All the lecturers have been very considerate and forthcoming when approached with a problem. While it is natural to feel intimidated when entering a new field, my experience at the University of Kent has indeed changed my outlook. I do not feel that doing a Master’s in a new discipline is a mammoth task.

Which part of the course are you finding most enjoyable?

I love doing the assessments as they help me understand and practise everything that I have learned during the lectures.

What are the other students on your course like?

There are students from various backgrounds. One of my friends has a Bachelor's degree in physics, another one has a Bachelor's in business administration like me. Everyone is very friendly and we all help each other.

Are you planning to do an industrial placement?

Yes, I will be doing an industrial placement as part of my course. I haven't yet decided where to apply though - there are so many exciting possibilities! I am very excitied about it and I am looking forward to it.

How do you think this MSc will benefit you in your career?

I want to be a data scientist and I think that this Master's degree will give me the essential skills I require to get into the field

What advice would you give to anyone considering this programme?

I would recommend getting some basic training in programming prior to joining the University. Also I have noticed that students are often reluctant to ask questions, Computer programming is such a varied field - there are always going to be things you want to know and if you don't ask it impedes your ability to succeed.

Matthew Gould MSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry
  • Course: MSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry
  • Graduation year: 2012
  • Current employer: Influential Software
  • Job title: Head of Java Services

Matthew Gould

Why did you choose Kent?

The University of Kent has great links with local companies, which I (correctly) believed would assist me in my placement search. Kent was one of the few universities that offered an industrial placement, which would give me practical work experience as part of the degree programme. The campus was a big part of why I chose to study at Kent – it had a strong, vibrant community feel.

How did you find the programme?

It was demanding and stretched me in many areas, which helped me to realise my potential. It was so broad it enabled me to find the area of computing I enjoyed the most and the final project allowed me to hone the skills I wanted, as I could choose a project that interested me.

Did the programme live up to your expectations?

It met my expectations, as there were plenty of coding challenges in multiple languages. Other disciplines, such as software engineering, enabled me to thrive in a technical atmosphere once I left university. I expected my Master’s to prepare me for a technical working environment and I was not disappointed.

Which part of the course most interested you?

I found the coding challenges the most interesting; I really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment once a problem was solved. The one-week project for the Software Engineering module and my final project stood out because they allowed me to work on larger-scale projects for a prolonged period.

How did you enjoy your industrial placement?

The industrial placement was a highlight of the course. Working on real projects allowed me to apply the theory I had learnt during the first year to actual projects that would impact on businesses. The placement also endorsed the fact that I enjoyed working in a technical environment and wanted to continue a career in software engineering.

How did Kent help with your career plans?

The industrial placement gave me practical, real-world experience that I could not have gained through lectures alone. Kent made it possible for me to get my foot on the career ladder with my first job as a software engineer.

What would you say to someone thinking of studying at Kent?

I would say ‘go for it’. If you’re prepared to put in the work and are aware of what the course involves, then there is no reason not to study at Kent. It has good facilities and teaching, and is a great place to live.

Christian Baverstock MSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry
  • Course: MSc Computer Science with a Year in Industry
  • Graduation year: 2012
  • Current employer: Advanced Computer Software, Ashford
  • Job title: User Experience Developer

Christian Baverstock

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

Excellent campus and support staff who care about the subject. A wide range of possible subject choices.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

Core object oriented techniques and database design I think have helped most with getting a job in the industry. General system architecture knowledge is also useful. Not to mention a look into the world of mobile development. It is good to see the course keeping up with modern technologies.

How did your studies help you achieve your personal goals?

Without the degree and placement year I wouldn't have the great job I do now, simple as that! The help from the placement team is invaluable as they teach you how to deal with future employers, and get the best deal for you. It is very easy to undervalue yourself in the tech industry, but all companies really look for is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn on top of your core technical skills.

Daniel Lawrence MSc Advanced Computer Science
  • Course: MSc Advanced Computer Science
  • Graduation year: 2015

Daniel Lawrence

Why did you chose to study at Kent?

I reviewed every Computer Science MSc course offered in the UK and, as I was living in London at the time, Kent provided a more attractive option for a year out of work studying, both from an environmental and financial standpoint.

What made you want to go into this area of study?

I originally graduated in Australia, with degrees in Law and Psychology, and used little from either as I moved to the UK to focus on one of my passions, music: a common factor in all my work was the enjoyment I got from solving problems with technology. I would stretch my job role in any way possible, to give me the opportunity to learn simple scripting, utilities, even Excel macros!

How did you enjoy your industrial placement?

I spent my year in industry working as a Software Engineering intern for Cisco in San Jose, California. I was told I would be using Python to create backends to communicate with Openstack. However, on my second day, a large-scale intense project fell into the department’s lap and I had to focus on using Javascript and Angular to create the front end for it. I had more practical experience in coding in two months of this than in a year of my Master’s degree, so the internship was important in converting the theoretical computer science background I learnt during the programme into practical, business-ready coding skills.

How did Kent help you with your career plans?

Cisco offered me a permanent job once I graduated, so the University was hugely proactive in my future career plans by helping me to get real experience during such an amazing industrial placement.

Subhi Alrubei MSc Networks and Security
Subhi Al Rubei
  • Course: MSc Networks and Security
  • Graduation year: 2012
  • Current employer: Royal Saudi Naval Force, Riyadh
  • Job title: Engineering Officer

Subhi Alrubei

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

I enjoyed every moment of my time in Kent. In terms of education, I enjoyed how the Computer Science teaching staff were very approachable and happy to explain and elaborate more if I ever asked a question on any aspects of the course material.

I truly enjoyed my stay in the centre of Canterbury where the people are lovely and friendly. I also enjoyed the history of the town and its location which made it easy for me to travel to London whenever I needed to, and to visit Europe, since the Eurostar operates from Ashford, which is located just within a few miles from Canterbury.

What were the most interesting things you learned on the course?

The University of Kent is one of the top universities in the UK and everything I have learned there was very interesting. The one module I had enjoyed the most was Computer Security because the subject was new to me and also the classes of Professor David [Chadwick] are at the highest standard any student could find anywhere in the world.

How did your studies help you achieve your personal goals?

Any degree from the University of Kent is very beneficial for any student in terms of finding employment or improving their career prospects. Personally, a Master's degree in Networks and Security will give me greater chances, in my present job, to progress to higher ranks and a better position, especially currently where the Middle East is engaged in the ongoing electronic war and cyber attacks which makes the demands high on every available and qualified person.

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Last Updated: 01/10/2019