Matthew Stock

Advanced Computer Science MSc


Why did you choose a master’s at the University of Liverpool? 

Nowadays it isn’t enough to have just one degree. You really need to make sure you stand out, especially if your first degree is a little obscure. I studied a closely-related subject to Computer Science at my previous university, so I decided to up my game with a master’s degree from the University of Liverpool, and prepare myself better for the future.

Plus, I actually live in Liverpool, so why wouldn’t I choose to study at the University of Liverpool, a world-class University that’s right on my doorstep?


What’s the best thing about studying in your department? 

The Victoria Building is spectacular to behold, and our department is situated right next to it, creating the perfect study environment. The campus scenery in general makes walking to your next lecture a real journey. At lunchtime, you are never far away from a good food shop.


How do the facilities in the University help you with your studies? 

Aside from the obvious facilities, such as the library and the Liverpool Guild of Students being so close, the Computer Science department has its own high-performance computing cluster, Chadwick. You can use this if you have a particularly resource-intensive programme to run. There are also plenty of computer workstations in the five labs in the George Holt building, including a dedicated Apple Mac lab and numerous remote-access Linux servers. The Computer Science department also has its own Intranet, so you can easily find contact details for your lecturers and view your previous lectures and tutorials.


What kind of support do you get from tutors? 

All of our tutors are friendly and approachable, so you will never be short of help if you ask for it. Our tutors also make available lectures and tutorials on the dedicated Computer Science Intranet, so if you miss a lecture, you can always play it back at your leisure.


What do you enjoy most about the whole experience? 

University is an experience like no other – you are in control of your studies, and you get to play to your strengths and weaknesses. But, just because you’re at master’s level doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it! Liverpool has a great night life, and the Liverpool Guild of students hosts plenty of societies for you to take a break from study on a Wednesday afternoon.


How do you believe undertaking a master’s will help your career prospects? 

I was accepted onto a PhD in the Liverpool Risk Institute not long ago, and the supervisor told me that the number one factor he considered was the fact I was on a postgraduate course. To me, that is solid proof that postgraduate study is the key to unlocking higher career opportunities.


What advice would you give to anybody considering postgraduate study? 

Do it. The longer you stay in higher education, the more qualified you’ll be and the more fun you’ll have along the way. You will find it to be the best decision you ever made, after deciding to study for your Bachelor’s degree. I found my undergraduate years to be the best of my life, so doing an extra year at master’s level only prolongs the enjoyment!


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