After completing an HDip in Comp Sci I debated whether to start looking for work immediately or to do the MSc. Having asked a number of students who did the MSc a year before me, my decision was made, and I began a tough but very rewarding year with a mix of BSc and HDip graduates. The generic MSc in Comp Sci best applied to me because I wanted a more general course that kept options open. As an HDip graduate, I was worried that I would be behind the other BSc graduates in the class, but I soon found that I could keep my own with some excellent lecturers and a little elbow grease. There was a happy mix of current/relevant technologies, and a good foundation of core computing principles on offer. The reason I have no hesitation in recommending the course were the frequent opportunities to be creative and innovative, both personally and as part of a team (a valuable lesson if you ever want to work in software development). The projects were always designed to keep things interesting, and I created a number fun apps that had a hand in eventually helping me to find a good job in the tech hub of London. The standout project for me was creating a mobile gyroscope application, whose movement controlled that of a robot. In a group of three each with different responsibilities, the sense of achievement we felt after our successful demonstration helped to cement in my mind the sort of career I would seek.
My time at UCC has flown; the postgraduate study is already finished. I still remember the department meeting on the first day, which was hosted by the Dr Marc van Dongen. He gave us a very wonderful and detailed introduction of the following year’s core curriculum. I was shocked when I heard the courses’ arrangements and tasks. The course content is so difficult for me. I was worried at the term start, but the reliable lecturers eased me of my burden quickly. If we had any difficulty in study or daily life, they would always help us patiently.
Ireland is the birthplace of writers including Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, and home of Murphy beer. UCC is located in Cork, on the southwest coast of Ireland. I love this city and university very much. The main campus gives me a sense of Harry Potter. However, most of MSc Computing Science courses took place in the Western Gateway Building. WGB is one of the most modern buildings in the campus.
About the course chosen: there are various kinds of courses in the computing area. I can assure you that you could always find the courses which are suitable for you.
Finally, I want to say thanks to all lecturers who ever helped me, including my supervisor Dr Simon Foley, Professor Gregory Provan, Dr Sabin Tabirca, etc.
In the end, I intend to hold out a promise that it will be your best choice to pursue postgraduate studies in MSc Computer Science at UCC.