Alumni Profile - Amaria Zidouk

Software Engineering, MathWorks

amaria-zidouk"The course also involved having regular meetings/presentations with other members of the research team which was a great way to share knowledge and get prompt feedback on presented work."  

PhD Computer Science (2015)  
MEng Computer Science and Software Engineering(2007)

Why did you originally apply to do your chosen course at Birmingham?

I had already completed my undergraduate degree (MEng) with the School of Computer Science. I found the teaching staff wonderful, and got very interested in the research area of my final year project supervisor (medical image analysis). As I believe the quality of supervision is very important when doing a PhD, choosing a supervisor I had already worked with, and a topic that was incredibly interesting just seemd like a perfect choice. 

What were the best points of your course at the University?

The quality of supervision. I always felt supported by my supervisor who was always happy to help. The course also involved having regular meetings/presentations with other members of the research team which was a great way to share knowledge and get prompt feedback on presented work.

What's the best thing about studying at the University of Birmingham?

The teaching staff are wonderful, but the welfare officer in the School were so understanding and just impressive at helping students overcome various challenges. Students can find support in various places so you never feel out of your depth.

What was the highlight of your time at the University?

Celebrating at the end of my viva!

What advice would you give to students thinking about studying on the course?

Self discipline is key! Unlike programmes of study where you have exams and homework to complete at set dates, you need to set your own deadlines when doing research. It is a great way to improve your organisational and time-keeping skills.