MSc Computing at Oxford Brookes University
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MSc Computing at Oxford Brookes University


This course in computing is for the student whose first degree is not in computing and who are interested in moving into the IT area. The course covers the fundamentals of programming and computing hardware and software, networking and web technology. The course provides a basis for starting a career in the IT area, for students who want to pursue their higher degree in research and PhDs. I decided to enroll on the Computing masters just over a year ago because I was really enjoying elements of IT in my current job and thought this would be a great way to expand my knowledge and hopefully get into a job which really combines nature conservation and IT. I started to work with data and databases for quite a long time, initially working in a software house. I came to England 6-7 years ago and I worked for the Oxford University Hospitals. They offered to me the opportunity to take a Master degree. This course will have placements from this coming year and a students will have the opportunity to complete the course instead of one year, I mean a full time student, in two years if they have to do the placement, and the placement then has a benefit to the student and they can have practical experience. They can also apply the theory of practical knowledge they gained during the course to a real-life work set up and they can also improve their professional skills. They can take their teamwork skills, their communication skills. The placement also has financial benefits because students can earn during the placement period. You need to think you come to here to enjoy the learning and to enjoy your colleagues. I think one of the best experience I had here was to do my projects with my colleagues from France, from Dubai, from overseas. It’s amazing. Each of them, they bring a different experience. Each of them has a different knowledge and they share with you. You come to here really to learn. The research in the teaching has a close link in the department. The department’s staff has expertise in various research areas for example, software engineering, formal methods, web technologies, cloud computing, communication network, robotics and computer visions. A student can choose their MSc dissertation and complete their MSc dissertation in these areas. As I mentioned earlier that some students they go on to complete their PhD in computing areas and this is clear evidence of how the teaching and research are linked in this department. The course has given me the opportunity to work both in IT and nature conservation. I was recently offered a job combining the two which I wouldn’t have imagined I’d be offered only one year into the course so that just indicates the quality of teaching and the diversity of topics that we cover in the course. My new employers were very impressed by that so the course does prepare you very well for if you want to specialise more in IT.

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