Alumni Profile - Anna Jackson

Software Engineering, IBM

anna-jackson"The structure of the course means that you get both a broad introduction into computing and the chance to go more in-depth on a topic that particularly interests you through the summer project."  

MSc Computer Science (2014), School of Computer Science

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

Although I had done a non-technical first degree, I realised that I wanted to work in a technical area. The course offered the chance to spend a year gaining expertise in highly sought after skills in a School with a really good reputation.

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

The structure of the course means that you get both a broad introduction into computing and the chance to go more in-depth on a topic that particularly interests you through the summer project.

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

The facilities in the School of Computer Science are really good, with lots of lab space and a well stocked reference library.

What was the highlight of your time at the University?

The summer project was definitely a highlight as I was able to pick a topic which combined what I had learned over the year with aspects of my previous degree. Although it was challenging, it gave me new insights into both subjects.

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

Be prepared to work hard! Learning to program can be fun and very rewarding but it takes time and effort.