Read our student profiles to find out what it’s really like to be a Computer Science student at Brunel.
Tara, Business Computing BSc
When arriving at Brunel I was welcomed by an eager, friendly and quirky bunch of ‘contacts’. They saw me through Freshers’ Week, which set the pace for the next four years . . . work hard, play harder! I left each lecture in the first few months completely bamboozled by Java this and SQL that, but with a bit of hard work I got it.
The second year flew by and before I knew it I was applying for placements. I took a position as a User Experience Designer at LexisNexis. Completing my placement was the best thing I have ever done – I learnt so much, and was finally able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice.
My final year was a big challenge but Brunel really came through for me – the workload was intense but I had a great team of professors and a great dissertation tutor. I truly believe that if it wasn’t for their knowledge, support and dedication I would not have achieved my First Class honours.
After graduating I was offered a position at LexisNexis where I have continued to develop the skills obtained at Brunel. LexisNexis have since given me the opportunity to work in their Sydney office!
James, Computer Science BSc
I liked Brunel because the campus seemed nice and everyone was friendly at the open day. The location is convenient – it’s easy to get into London.
I have a passion for computer science and the Brunel course just seemed right. The facilities are first rate and the computers are fast giving you everything that you need on them.
I did a placement at IBM, which was a great experience; I took part in events including supporting the Wimbledon tennis championships, I learnt time management, team skills and about systems development and management. I’ll be starting at IBM this summer on their graduate scheme and working with them again at Wimbledon in the technical team. The technical modules from my course really helped get my skills up to scratch.
I took part in the Made in Brunel Software Innovation event, presenting my final year project investigating the use of social networks to control robots without programming skills. It helped improve my presentation and communication skills.
The biggest challenge was managing time and the complexity of my final year project, but my supervisor was supportive and I completed the project with time to spare. My supervisor is helping me present my findings at a conference, which will be fantastic experience.
Angela, Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology) MSc
I chose to study for the MSc Business Systems Integration because I wanted to change career. The course at Brunel was just what I was looking for as it was full of excellent content. The academics delivered the course very well and they were also very helpful throughout my Masters. If you are motivated to work, Brunel can help you succeed.
As well as a strong academic focus, I found Brunel to be very good for both personal and professional development. Aside from academic studies, facilities for sport are excellent and there is something for everyone, even if you are a beginner.
I was lucky enough to be awarded a Capgemini sponsorship offered by Brunel which covered 50% of my course fees. I worked closely with Capgemini during the course and they provided mentors for students to give us an industrial perspective on our work. On graduation I obtained the role of Applications Consultant which I am enjoying very much.