School of Computing

Testimonials from former MSc students

The testimonials on this page were supplied by former students after they had graduated.

 

Andrea Reyes Romo MSc IT Consultancy
Adrea
  • Course: MSc IT Consultancy
  • Graduation year: 2012
  • Current employer: G-Forces, Bearsted, Kent
  • Job title: Project Manager
  • Testimonial received: November 2012

Andrea Reyes Romo

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

The intercultural interchange. Getting to know and share with people from other nationalities has been awesome.

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

My MSc gave me loads of knowledge on how to be an entrepreneur. It also gave me good business skills with the complementary courses such as Management of Operations. But mainly, it gave me more experience and knowledge in how to deal with real IT consultancy projects, work within a team and improve leadership thanks to the Kent IT Clinic.

How did your studies help you find employment?

It definitely helped me to improve career prospects, all over the world. I have managed to prove my knowledge and experience and now I have a Master's degree and a job.

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

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.

Deepak SelvarajMSc Future Computing with Industrial Placement
Deepak Selvaraj
  • Course: MSc Future Computing with Industrial Placement
  • Years: 2009-2013
  • Testimonial received: November 2012

Deepak Selvaraj

Why did you choose to study at Kent?

I did my research on cloud computing and who was the most knowledgeable in this area. Professor Frank Wang [Head of School] is the Chairman of UK and Ireland in IEEE (the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology), he has been responsible for handling super computers and I was impressed when I looked over his projects. I had an offer from another university but I preferred Kent as it is a well-regarded university; my brother lives in America and knows about its good reputation. I was also offered a scholarship because of my undergraduate degree grades.

What is your course like?

I like my programme of study. It helps that I am working with future computing as it keeps me up to date with all the latest technologies and concepts regarding algorithms and cloud computing. I have made good friends on the course, I am part of a group that made a virtual cloud application for the University of Kent library. I have learned many things from them because we have different backgrounds and nationalities, In India we work more with user interfaces; here people are really good at programming. I am learning something new from each and every person I meet.

What are the differences between undergraduate and postgraduate study?

As an undergraduate in India I learned more about the theories of computer science and how to create diagrams. I wanted to do something more cutting edge. Now as well as learning the theory I am implementing it.

What do you think of the campus?

My university in India is smaller than Kent with not as many facilities. Here you can stay in the library until midnight, in India we have to go home at 4pm! I often use the sports facilities; I go to the gym and yoga and body pump classes and keep up my fitness by playing badminton and cricket. In India I played cricket at a national level and here I play badminton for the Kent club team.

Do you enjoy living in Canterbury?

I live in the city centre because I wanted to mingle and explore and I have made lots of friends. There are frequent buses up to the campus so I can still make the most of all of the University’s resources. I have got part time jobs through Kent’s job shop, including web developing and pamphlet issuing which helps with my finances.

What would you like to do next?

I want to work in cloud servers and the next level of future technologies. I want to get some good overseas work experience first and the work placement team in the School of Computing is helping me to find that practical experience. They have helped me with my CV and cover letter to showcase the talent that I have. I was worried about getting an industrial placement but I have had a lot of help and have quite a few interviews lined up.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of doing an MSc at Kent?

Kent supports its postgraduates well and the facilities are fantastic. I had a lot of help from the administrators processing my visa and have recommended the university to my friends; two of them will be coming here to study in September.

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
  • Testimonial received: November 2012

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.

Dan Wilkie MSc Computer Science
Dan
  • Course: MSc Computer Science
  • Graduation year: 2004
  • Current employer: Merrill Lynch International/Bank of America Corporation
  • Job title: IT Project Manager
  • Testimonial received: April 2009

Dan Wilkie

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

When I studied for my undergraduate degree at a different university I found the academic staff difficult to approach. The Computer Science faculty staff at Kent were completely different. Their doors were often open, they were very approachable and happy to elaborate on aspects of the course material whenever I required clarification.

The lectures were delivered engagingly; the course material was really thoughtfully laid out and bolstered by regular workshop sessions which were fun and very informative. The content was focussed around Java development skills and principles of object orientation which was personally the main driver behind my choice for this particular course.

I began the year with no knowledge of object orientation or Java developing skills at all. The concepts were introduced using a custom program which allowed me to really focus on learning Java - without the complications of also having to learn how to use an overly complicated development environment. The material was introduced in structured way which built each new concept on the last. By the time I left I had the knowledge and confidence to build my own applications.

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

Developing the ability to implement a graphical simulator for the population of predators and prey in a conservation area really gave me a sense of the principles of object-orientated programming coming to life. This small application combined the principles of abstraction, polymorphism, re-use of existing Java constructs through the API library, and basic Java Swing GUI design to create an application which animated how an initial distribution of predators and prey dynamically evolve according to a simple set of initial rules.

Learning how the Internet emerged from the ARPANET and how this network originally connecting only a handful of U.S. universities expanded into the Internet that we know today gave me a great insight into how layered architectures enable inter-networking through the use of peer protocols, interfaces and services.

The relatively complex concepts behind the in-built back-tracking facility of the declarative programming language, Prolog, was brought colourfully to life by it's application to the problem of finding the shortest lift journey between the runs, restaurants and bars on various European ski-resorts!

How did your studies help you find employment?

My MSc course was key in providing me with the confidence to apply for a job as a QA tester for the main fixed income trading platform of one of the world's largest investment banks. My interview consisted of a formal Java test and I could not have passed without the skills that I acquired on the Kent MSc course.

Chris Searle MSc Distributed Systems and Networks
  • Course: MSc Distributed Systems and Networks
  • Graduation year: 2010
  • Current employer: Commidea
  • Job title: Junior .Net Developer
  • Testimonial received: November 2010

Chris Searle

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

The best things were the mix between social activities, studying and of course the people who you meet. Socially there were lots of different things to do, from the weekly postgraduate meets to being able to be a member or even running your own society. Studying seemed fairly relaxed and all the staff were helpful if you didn't understand something or wanted to know more about a subject then you could ask, and you had a very quick response. The people I met though, some of whom I will probably be friends with for life.

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

The most interesting thing that I learned on the course was probably how mobile communications work. I still find myself sitting there holding on to my phone thinking "wow", being surprised at how much work there is involved with just keeping my phone connected, how it talks to the base station and how it manages to find the person that you want to talk to when you make a phone call.

Other than that I also was very interested by my project, which was on building a graphical environment for an operating system. I had never realised the intricacies of how much is going on in the background. I feel that the project really gave me a greater understanding of both the amount that is going on at any one time within a system and some of the really elegant solutions that can be employed to solve problems.

How did your studies help you find employment?

I feel that the variety in the course subjects and the excellent teaching probably helped me. The advanced java course helped as it has given me confidence to go forward. I know that I am able to learn new languages fairly quickly even though I may have never used them before.

Tony May MSc Computer Science
  • Course: MSc Computer Science
  • Graduation year: 2000
  • Current employer: MyDish
  • Job title: Chief Technology Officer
  • Testimonial received: September 2008

Tony May

What did you particularly enjoy about your time at Kent?

The whole experience was very intense and enjoyable although extremely hard work. I enjoyed learning a new skill set and having my brain think in a way which was very different to that which it had tried to do before! I also met a great bunch of fellow students - many of whom I am still good friends with.

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

I particularly enjoyed the logic course and the Java modules. I wished I'd spent more time on the database and SQL side of the course!

How did your studies help you find employment?

I think they gave me a good grounding in a multitude of skills. The course taught me the ability to think logically and learn new technologies quickly. I also think it showed my future employers that I could turn my hand to something which wasn't necessarily second nature to me.

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Last Updated: 02/08/2013