"I come from Jordan, which is a developing country in need of many drastic
changes to minimise the gap between Jordan and the developed countries like the
After obtaining my BSc in Computer Information Systems from the University of
Jordan my aim was to obtain a postgraduate qualification in the area of Computer
Science to help enhance my career prospects and to enable me to participate in
the technological developing process my country is undertaking. I could not find
a better place than the UK due to its multicultural nature, welcoming people
from different backgrounds to an extent which I found truly amazing.
My degree at Essex was quite demanding having lots of assignments and reading to
do, but at the end it all paid off as I learned so many new technologies in a
number of Computer Science fields introduced through the rich modules in the
Now whenever I think of Essex I remember the long nights I spent at the library
or in the labs working on assignments or studying for an exam. I also remember
the wonderful academic and administrative staff and the beautiful campus
Looking back, I realise that the year I spent at Essex was one of the best years
of my life."
Having just finished an Advanced Web Application Programming MSc, I can
definitely say that this course offered me so much more academically in
one year, than any other qualification I have achieved.
The materials and classes were exactly what I needed to enhance my web
programming skills and further my career, and I feel I have acquired an
extensive base of relevant knowledge and expertise in all the major areas of Web
Development, thanks to the quality of the course syllabus. I found work as a web
programmer within just a few weeks of graduation.
I found the lectures and seminars to be first class without exception;
everything contained material relevant to my field of work. Both the teaching
and administrative staff were knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and I
cannot recommend them enough. I immensely enjoyed my time at Essex and will
always look back on it as the best of all my academic years.
"I started my university life at the University Of Essex doing a Bachelor
degree in Computer Science (E-Commerce). After I finished my undergraduate
studies, I decided to stay on and do a Masters, continuing the theme with the
MSc in E-Commerce Technology. Postgraduate study allowed me to expand on what
I'd learned by means of a more focussed and productive approach. I found that by
doing a Masters you gain so much more in-depth understanding of the subject
Although the course is demanding and the workload is higher than in
undergraduate studies, it is very rewarding and you gain a much better knowledge
and understanding of all aspects of computer science which is excellent
preparation for working in industry. The project dissertation was especially
enjoyable and gave me a chance to explore a particular interest of mine in great
The MSc qualification seems to be sought after by employers as I was offered a
number of jobs soon after I completed the course. I decided to stay in
Colchester and now work as an Enterprise Java Developer for an automotive
consultancy which is demanding but also very rewarding and enjoyable."
I chose to study at Essex because the course structure covered in detail my
interests in Computer Science and I was also impressed by the wide range of
topics that were offered within computing. This allowed me to study a diverse
master degree and gave me numerous options for my career. Another factor was the
Colchester Campus with its friendly environment and everything you could
possible want in one place, bars, clubs, art gallery and theatre. I can say it
was one of the best decisions I ever made from both an educational and career
point of view.
found the courses stimulating, interesting and yes, requiring effort, but
definitely worth it. Looking back I am amazed at just how much I learned this
year, not just languages and concepts but whole new ways of thinking.
The computing modules really showed me that it wasn’t just “text-book stuff” and
gave a greater emphasis on retrieving information for ourselves; meaning more
time spent in the library. All the knowledge I acquired studying for my master’s
degree are proving to be invaluable. The lecturers were so
approachable and the quality of teaching was one of the highest. They took a
great interest in my progress, providing excellent feedback on my course work
and continual advice. Classes and seminars weren’t too large and we were
always encouraged to participate without having doubts to express our opinion.
The warm and friendly attitude of the staff in the administration, deserve
particular praise for their care and attentiveness towards the students, their
help is certainly invaluable.
The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering offered a vast
range of interesting modules. All the courses I took gave me essential skills
and confidence. They also helped me to look at things from a different
perspective. Every day, I greatly appreciate the knowledge gained throughout my
Essex has a compact and very international campus with a great community
atmosphere. I had no problems settling into academic life at Essex.
Socially it was really fun with International Nights being one of my favourites.
Moreover clubs and societies were on offer for every interest imaginable.
My favourite place on campus was the Blues Cafe. A warm cafe in the winter and a
relaxed place to make a quick revision before lectures as it was not too noisy.
University of Essex holds some really strong moments for me, while sitting by
the lakes, relaxing and enjoying the sunshine with the company of hundreds of
students during the lazy summer days. Our great Sport Centre allowed
me to keep fit, have fun and make some very close friends.
My fondest memory was the first week. It was both scary and exciting, every
effort was made to make new students feel welcome, especially during the
Fresher’s Week which was a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, join clubs
and societies and get involved in the University activities. If I could do it
all again I have to admit I wouldn’t change anything about my time at Essex. It
is truly a perfect stepping stone to start life and build a career. If you want
a challenge, quality education, interesting topics and a great time, Essex is
the place for you as it was for me and many others!
completed my undergraduate degree here at Essex I felt this was the perfect
place to further my studies as a postgraduate student. The University of Essex
has a growing reputation for excellence that is well deserved. The campus is
small enough to walk from one end to the other in a matter of minutes, but it's
busy enough so that you bump into ten people you know on the way!
Before my Masters, I studied BSc Computing and Mathematics in the
Mathematical Sciences department. Over the three years of that degree I
discovered that maths is perhaps not my thing, but I do like a challenge. From
there on in I decided to focus more on Computer Science as my main area of
Societies have played a big part in my social life. I remember my first
Freshers' Fair where I joined RockSoc on a whim, and one year later I was the
President of that society. I held the position for two years, organising rock
nights and gatherings for all those who enjoy the genre. Clubs and societies are
a great way to meet like minded people.
Above all, this university helped me attain two degrees and also helped me
identify the specific career plan I wish to follow. I feel that it has helped me
prepare for a long enjoyable career and has provided me with memories which will
be hard to forget.
"I am a member of the Royal Air Force and was lucky enough to be chosen to
undertake an MSc to further my career. The RAF selected Essex University for its
excellent choice of modules in the School of Computer Science and Electronic
Engineering and the reputation for research. I undertook the MSc in Distributed
The course of study in the Masters degree allowed for a diversity of
different areas to study, my particular area of interest was the application
layer. Having a first degree in Information Technology, I found it quite hard to
program, but with the expert advice and guidance from the tutors I found the
programming the assignments not too difficult.
The Masters degree also allowed you to explore outside the normal boundaries
set in an undergraduate degree which helped keep your “grey matter” ticking
over!! (Considering I was a mature student) I thoroughly enjoyed my time at
Essex it was over in a blink of an eye. Staff within the University were always
helpful and the services provided second to none.
I am currently working in a consultant type role dealing with Enterprise
Architecture and SOA within the military."
been a great pleasure to study at the University, and lakeside library which is
situated in the beautiful campus is a quiet place to study.
The campus has a friendly international atmosphere, and you can meet, study
and work with people from different countries. The group project was a great
academic experience, where I worked with 6 people from across the world.
The group always received useful resources and helpful support from the School.
was studying the MSc in E-Commerce at the University of Essex. The courses
involve many important aspects of making a sophisticated e-commerce website:
from fundamental theories to practical experiences, from the most widely adopted
technologies to the newest ideas in the related areas. As a student, I have had
the chance to learn all the valuable knowledge towards becoming a successful web
application developer. Besides, when studying at the University, I met many
students who also interested in computer technologies. They would be working in
the same arena with me in the future. Now we often communicate with each other
to exchange invaluable ideas.
The seasoned staff there are very friendly and always happy to give me a hand
on my research. For example, Mr Dick Williams, among other professors and
lecturers, was one of the best teachers I have ever met. As an outstanding
researcher in this area, he helped me a lot with his valued experiences both on
the 'web programming' course and on my final dissertation. Actually, everyone
working in this School is just as excellent as him.
I received my Master degree successfully in November 2005. Shortly, I was
very happy to get a job at the GFM holdings limited who is the largest
commercial partner of the Royal Mail. I worked there as an Assistant Technician
then a Web Engineer for about one year. As everybody knows, finding the first
job after graduation could be challenging. With what I have learnt in the
University, there was not too much difficulties in getting that job. What I
could do was just what they were asking for.
I returned to China at the beginning of 2007. Since I hold a Master degree
from the University of Essex, together with the one year-working experience, I
received many job offers from world class companies. After a carefully
comparison, I became a Senior Lecturer of the APTECH China as my second job
after graduation. My job was to give trainings to other lecturers of the
company, i.e. a lecturer of lecturers. I received some 100k RMB as my annual
salary, which is among the highest in the profession of Information Technology.
In September 2007, I was invited by the University of Fribourg as a academic
visitor. I am here to give them a help in launching a wiki-based website (www.dadipedia.com).
The website is expected to be put online in November 2007."
studied the newest E-commerce technology through taking this course such as Ruby
on Rails, Ajax and ASP.NET. They are really useful when I tried to job-hunt in
the E-commerce field.
I enjoyed my time at Essex, the Professors taught me well, and
the course was easy to understand.
Because there are so many students who came from different countries such as
Greece, Japan, Germany, Portugal, it gave me the opportunity to communicate with
others from different cultures, especially with the group project, where we
needed to cooperate with each other.
I found the Professors and teachers are friendly and they really
taught me a lot. Life in Essex is quite comfortable, especially in the
Quays accommodation. It is a wonderful place to learn and practice my English.
I always took part in local activities, this taught me about the
local community and British customs and the way of their thinking. This
also gave me the opportunity to taste a lot of good food from many different
Living in Essex, it is quite easy to travel to Europe. Flying
from England to European countries is quite easy and cheap.
I would like to say it was one of the most enjoyable years in my
life when I studied at Essex."
decision to study my MSc course at Essex was based upon two factors. Firstly I
had studied for my BSc in Computer Science here and had been impressed overall
by the way things were handled, and secondly it's relatively close to my home in
Hornchurch. The fact that Essex is a campus environment is also something that I
personally found very appealing.
The MSc course is tough, requiring around 7 hours of work per
day (including lectures) in the Autumn term and slightly less in the Spring
term. The assignments, while difficult, are well structured and weighted and
there's plenty of time to complete them if you start early. The course is far
more intensive than a standard degree but equally the rewards are much more
substantial; I feel like I am now a lot more technically competent, confident
Non-academically, Essex has a large variety of places to go to
eat, for entertainment or to relax, however you simply won't have a great deal
of time for socializing because the course is very intensive. That said, I did
meet a number of people on my course whom I wouldn't mind seeing again.
My dissertation was based around a mobile phone route planner,
designed around the J2ME framework implementing a distributed system model to
offload computationally expensive operations. I was fortunate enough to get an
interview which led to a job offer a mere hour after I submitted my CV to an
employment agency, and that was on a Sunday! As a result I'm now working for a
company called Marvellous, a media agency who exclusively develop solutions for
mobile phones, as a Java developer."
After finishing his PhD in April 2006 Mario returned to Mexico
and joined CINVESTAV (Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados) in
Guadalajara. This is a leading research centre in the area of Technology in
Latin America. He is working as a Research Officer and Lecturer.
decided to study at Essex because of its well-regarded Postgraduate degrees in
the area of Telecommunications and Electronic Systems Engineering and I can now
say that it was a very good choice.
I found the research and teaching staff at the School friendly
and helpful. They were always open to share both knowledge and experience. In
this sense, Dr John Woods, not only had the time and patience to supervise my
thesis, but also supported and guided me throughout my research. This was
certainly a key factor for the success of my studies.
Being at Essex has been one of the greatest experiences of my
life. Essex gave me the opportunity to study at a University with an outstanding
reputation, surrounded by a multicultural atmosphere with excellent social life.
I met many interesting people and I made life-long friends. Most importantly, I
met my beautiful wife who was herself a PhD student at the Department of
Furthermore, whilst at Essex I got to learn about the people,
culture, history, traditions and institutions that make the UK an excellent
place to study. I miss the University and the UK."
joined the University of Essex four years ago as an undergraduate studying
Robotics and Intelligent Machines. The most interesting modules for me where the
robotics modules (especially Lego Mindstorms) and the PIC microprocessor module.
After completing my degree I decided to stay at Essex and do an MSc in Embedded
Systems and Robotics.
I chose to study the Pervasive Computing theme which included
modules on ambient intelligent and distributed systems. The course was demanding
but I enjoyed it and was motivated to work hard. The assignments allowed you to
put into practice what had been learned during the lectures. Unlike the
assignments in the undergraduate course, the MSc assignments also required you
to read around and find papers expanding your knowledge beyond purely what had
been taught in the lectures.
The lecturers, teaching assistants and other staff are all
extremely helpful. The services offered by the library and, careers service, and
also the facilities provided by the sports centre are extremely good.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Essex and would
definitely recommend it to anyone else thinking of coming here. The course is
interesting and challenging, the staff are very helpful and the other services
and facilities provided by the university are very good.
I am currently working undertaking a student placement with BT
working on a distributed sensor networks project and am applying for a place on
their graduate scheme."
"I joined the University of Essex in 2004 as a postgraduate
student (MSc Computer Science).
are so many exciting things about the University of Essex and School of Computer
Science and Electronic Engineering in particular.
When I was applying for the Course online I was much encouraged
by the responses which I received from the graduate office and I was kept
updated for the whole process of my application. The application process was
friendly (if I compare it with other Universities to which I tried to apply).
I was motivated by the teaching styles and committed staff.
Lectures and assignments were designed to give full assistance and guidance to
students. Learning facilities, library, computer labs, software programs and
other facilities are always available in term time. It was excellent.
There was the opportunity to meet many students from different
parts of the world and hence, students can share knowledge and learning
techniques. People are so friendly that you can even feel at home and enjoy your
Moreover I was also motivated with the sports and social
facilities in that they are well organized and always available.
I would like to encourage many students to come from all over
the world to experience the rich knowledge from the University of Essex."
Previous degree and place of study: Bachelor of Information
Technology, Manipal Academic of Higher Education, New Delhi, India, 2003.
name is Priya Bhargava and I am from India. I completed my MSc. in Embedded
Systems and Robotics at the University of Essex (2003-04).
The choice for selecting this course and University were quite
clear. Considering the status and reputation of the university, it was an
obvious choice. Also the course structure and modules fascinated me. The course
was demanding as well as interesting and I added considerable information to my
knowledge bank. In the beginning, I found it quite difficult to cope up with the
course and assignments, but with the help of my professors and my colleagues I
was able to overcome all hurdles.
The professors and other staff were very helpful, and I found it
easy to interact with each of them. We were given a number of assignments that
kept us busy all year round, and most of the time was spent in labs solving
problems and trying to finish assignments and projects within the given
deadlines. As students, we had the option to express our view in the form of
feedback, which was used to rate our professors and the course content, lab
facilities, study material etc which were provided, and I am glad to say that
the feedback was considered and positive suggestions were implemented promptly.
The most appealing and interesting part of the course was when
we were divided into groups and were given an assignment of designing a robot to
incorporate cat like behaviours. I had 5 classmates in my team, each belonging
to different countries. We all attended regular meetings and worked together as
a team to achieve a common goal. Along with work, we initiated the idea of the
entire group getting together to go out for dinners and drinks a few times. It
did help us a lot and we all became good friends, prior to which we were just
Working as part of a team helped me to develop my management and
enterprising skills. I learnt how to manage people as well as deal with
formidable problems within the stipulated time frame. My creative and logical
thinking helped me tackle situations in a better and practical way.
I believe that the skills I have developed through my education
and experiences can be applied to any field and have an excellent exposure in
When I got admission at the University here in the UK, it was
the first time I was staying away from home on my own and in an absolutely new
country. Initially I was extremely apprehensive about staying alone and managing
things on my own, but gradually I adjusted to the weather, people and the
culture here. I had to manage my time between managing my household activities,
attending classes and doing my assignments. It took me a few days to settle in,
but then I was very comfortable doing everything on my own. The environment in
the university was homely, and my flatmates and other people around me were
amiable. We regularly had parties and get-togethers for the entire flat and
neighbourhood, and the occasion was excellent opportunity to meet new people and
learn more about different cultures.
Living alone has taught me to be self-reliant and I have
developed a wider outlook to life. I am now comfortable working in any
environment and with different kind of people. I am glad I decided to come and
study here and learn and experience a whole new dimension to life. The
experience of staying abroad, opportunities to travel to new places and also
learn about different cultures and environments has been enlightening. I have
learnt to be more flexible and independent as a result of the endeavour."
Carlos was awarded the MSc with Distinction in 2004. He is
currently doing a PhD in at Essex under the supervision of Dr Simon Lucas. His
research is related to distributed object programming and web services.
Previous degree and place of study: BSc in Computer Science,
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico City, Mexico, 2000.
am from Mexico City. I came to United Kingdom in 2003 to study a master degree
in E-Commerce Technology. I chose the University of Essex because it is one of
the best universities in UK and has the best programme in E-Commerce Technology.
The time I have spent in Essex has been an enjoyable experience.
The Master’s degree has a very high quality of education and is very well
organized through the academic year, although it is very demanding. It helped me
to gain theoretical and practical experience with the current technologies in
the E-Commerce field. I must also mention that all the people that I have met at
the university are wonderful, and the academic and administrative staff have
also been very helpful and friendly.
Most of the facilities in the University of Essex are very good.
The computer laboratories are excellent and they are available all the time, so
you can work there whenever you need. The library system is very efficient, and
its resources are enough. In the sports centre, you can practice any of the most
popular sports: squash, tennis, basketball, badminton, soccer, etc.
For your leisure time, there are activities through the year,
which are organized mainly by the international societies. The university also
has two bars and three more places with events during the weekends. The town of
Colchester has just a few interesting places to visit, but it is very close to
London, which is just about one hour by train.
I had such a great experience doing my Master’s degree that I
decided to stay some more years to do my PhD studies at the School at Essex.
This was also possible because I have a scholarship from CONACYT (Consejo
Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología), which has given me the economic support.
Regarding my life in Mexico, after I finished my BSc in Computer
Science at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), I had the opportunity
to become a Teaching Assistant at the same university. I liked a lot the
academic environment, so that I decided to become a Microsoft Certified Trainer
and I was providing training to national and international companies for almost
3 years. Another important role that I also played was the Developer of
Applications, in which I developed desktop, distributed and web applications. I
am now doing something new for me, which is the research that I like quite a
In summary, I would strongly recommend the University of Essex
as a place of study. My Master’s degree was a wonderful experience and I am
currently enjoying my PhD."
Sapura graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Computer
Science from Essex in 2002. She registered as a postgraduate student in October
2003 and was awarded the MSc in E-Commerce Technology with Distinction. She is
now working as an Information Analyst for Electronic Data Systems
first visit to the University of Essex was in August 1999 for a BSc Computer
Science open day. I had lived in London for some time and was therefore keen to
choose a University out of London, which would broaden my horizons and still
ensure a balanced study/social life. The University of Essex more than fulfilled
these requirements with its very friendly staff, attractive location, dynamic
nightlife and up to date technical facilities.
I completed my BSc degree and lectured Computer Applications for
a year at the University before deciding to progress to a Masters Degree. I had
developed lasting friendships amongst colleagues and staff at Essex and was keen
to do an MSc in E-Commerce Technology, as this was my chosen area of expertise.
After extensive research, I was unable to find any other institution that met my
requirements & matched the standard, & quality of the degree offered by the
University of Essex. The MSc covered an extremely wide range of topics and state
of the art technologies, and is well recognised.
A crash course in Java was offered prior to the start of the
first term and it provided a good basic coverage of Java principles as a
starting block. However, as this was over a very short period of time, a lot
extra work was required to be able to deal with the weekly assignments. Ideally,
I would say that a reasonable knowledge of Java is a pre requisite to do well in
the course, unless you have commercial work experience in other programming
languages, which would equip you with the ability to learn a new language very
The lectures and lab sessions covered the latest technologies,
in demand in the current job market, in an intellectually stimulating manner.
The degree course further offered non-technical related subjects such as
E-Commerce Law, Economics & Marketing. This provided a desirable break from
invariable technical subject matter and enabled me to gain a broader sense of
the application, and effects, of E-Commerce in real life situations.
The first couple of months were possibly the most difficult
while I adjusted to the fast pace & intensity of the course, but once you adapt
to a fixed routine and manage your time competently, you learn to deal with the
work load more effectively and efficiently.
It was a very intensive course, especially if, like me, you do
not possess much previous practical programming experience. However with
continuous hard work, determination and help and support from staff, friends &
family, the level of knowledge & expertise gained in such a short space of time
is immense and invaluable.
It has been a very rewarding experience that has armed me with
the confidence and ability to cope with the challenges faced in a commercial
environment, working with real world applications.
I am now working for EDS (Electronic Data Systems), a global IT
outsourcing company in Central London and am aspiring for a Project Management
role in the future. I am currently undertaking the role of an Information
Analyst. This involves progressing through a graduate scheme, covering all the
roles in the system lifecycle, to gain the relevant commercial expertise in