I chose the University of Sunderland because they offer an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering, a masters degree that extends your knowledge of IT networks and provides hands-on training in telephony and high-speed data services. I knew a course like this can equip you for well-paid roles as a specialist telecommunications engineer, as well as for more general roles in developing network systems. The fact that they also have some of the best lecturers in the field was a major bonus too.
There are so many great aspects about the course that have helped in expanding my views, such as using a well-equipped lab for networking practicals i.e. configuring a network, running simulations in a virtual environment, attending seminars at Sunderland Software City where we met professional networkers, and a trip to the BT Network Operation Center in Wales, with fellow students and lecturers. However, the best aspect of this course was my project as I had one of the best supervisors in the field who guided me through my project.
My advice to those considering coming to Sunderland would be to come along and stay focused. It’s a beautiful University in a beautiful city – accommodation is moderately cheap compared to other universities in the UK and the lecturers are the best in the UK. There is a fantastic Student's Union who go as far as helping students get free match tickets at the Stadium of Light. There's also a free bus shuttle between the University and the accommodation!
I am almost in the final stage of my PhD in Cyber Security – I decided to delve into the aspect of security in networking which has been fun.
In four years at the University of Sunderland, I have met the best friends of my life, got a decent degree and met my wife. Studying at the University of Sunderland was honestly the best four years of my life!"