BSc Computer Science
What inspired you to choose your course?
I was originally looking at studying biology or biochemistry at university, as they were my leading interests academically. I then discovered computer science, and as someone who has been interested in computers my entire life, I was intrigued. After talking to lecturers on Open Days and Applicant Visit Days, it was clear that I had made my choice. I don’t think any university subject is as exciting and interesting as computer science… the area is constantly evolving and I discover new and interesting topic areas and applications each day.
What does your course involve and what do you enjoy most about it?
As a third-year student, I have fewer hours of contact time every week, but my teaching hours are split between around six hours of theory-based lectures, followed by practical labs and workshop sessions that allow you to apply the understanding you have gained. I love how the teaching and research staff at Lancaster are so experienced; they not only understand their subject but are actively involved in cutting-edge research and maintain valuable links with industry.
What do you hope to do after you have completed your studies?
I’d really like to go into teaching and I am looking more towards academia and university teaching posts. I currently have an undergraduate teaching assistant role which I enjoy greatly, and I am in the process of applying for a number of PhD studentships and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). I’d love to become a lecturer, delivering teaching and research at a university, or apply to work in industry research.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying the same subjects as you at school/university?
Find the area of computer science that interests you, and constantly look for ways to learn new things and develop your skills and understanding of computer science, whether you are learning a new library, API or programming language, this is critical to ensure that you stay competitive. Cultivating an interest in a specific area, or areas allows you to focus on the kind of work experience and research you are interested in; making your goals more focused and making you work harder to achieve them. Once you know what you want to do, you can shoot for the stars, and if you miss… at least you’ll hit the moon.