Ayush Joshi


Subject Computer Science
Course PhD Computer Science
Country India
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Hi Ayush, This is Sagar from India. I have applied for Msc in CyberSecurity 1 yr taught program. Although I am completely interested in pursuing it, I am unsure about the future working prospects after studying CyberSecurity from BHAM and availability of jobs. I have 3 yr work experience in networking industry.

Hi Sagar,

Great to hear you have an offer to study here. As far as job prospects are concerned, since you are an international student you will face competition from other international students as well home/EU students. International students will require Tier 2 visa after you finish your studies, and the job you are looking for will need show that they could not find a Home/EU student suited for this job in order to hire an international student. This is done via resident market labour test which the companies do (you do not have to worry about any technicalities of this), you just need to ensure that every company that you apply to are willing to hire international students or not (the number is limited).

Unlike India, there are little to no campus placements here. Companies do come to the campus for job fairs but they do not recruit there directly. It is up to you to find job vacancies and apply to as many as possible.

All this might feel a bit daunting but there are many jobs out there and bham is a highly regarded university in the UK so as long as you do well in your studies you will not have trouble finding openings. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions please feel free to ask and I will try to answer them best to my ability.

 

Best wishes,

Ayush

 

Hello Sir, I have an offer from cyber security for this year. I have done my undergraduates in computer science and have a four years of experience in Networks and Security. I have keen interest in security area.I would be thankful if can connect me with anyone currently pursuing cyber Security. Have some doubts regarding accommodation part, like whether lectures for Cyber students also conducted in Computer science department or somewhere else. Also, as i have seen that Selly Oaks is closest from CS dept and my first choice is Jarratt Hall, can you please help me with what can be the second and third choice. I would prefer En Suite and would like to share flats with Indian students only. Also how is the social gatherings in Uni accommodation

Hi,

All lectures for computer science take place in other departments/buildings in the university. There is no lecture hall in the computer science department. If you plan to live in the university accommodation then you can not choose who your flat mates will be. They can be from anywhere in the world. If you have friends who are joining with you maybe then you can live next to each other. The university has 2-3 different accommodations in selly and all are equally distant from the CS department . I do not recall their names, and can not say which is better as I never lived in any uni accommodation. The social gatherings depend on you, there are people form all departments and cultures and it is you who will decide how/when you interact with them.

At the moment I personally do not know anyone doing MSc security. It would be better to find people once you come here. Also I can answer any subject related questions as I have studied some security modules here during my MSc.

Cheers,

Ayush

In your MSc & PhD, how much coding was involved and how difficult was it? I understand that you have to code for your final project but if someone does not have the best coding skills in the world but is still able to code and has an interest in the subject, do you think they will be able to hack the course? Thanks

Hi,

It depends on which MSc you are applying for. I did a specialized MSc and good coding skills were a prerequisite. Many assignments needed writing code

and presenting the results from experiments. If you are keen on learning to code better I would advice you to undertake a conversions MSc.

If you are applying for a conversions MSc then you will learn JAVA from scratch and you can do well.

Best,

Ayush

Hi Ayush, thanks for the reply. I would just lay out my thoughts here for you to be able to advice better. I would prefer a place where I can stay with a few other guys for example a flat with a bedroom for each with living and kitchen shared. I am from India, so typically I would like indian flatmates, for just the reason that cooking responsibilities could be shared. I would not like to live alone by myself, as I guess it would be boring and would get lonely at times. The problem for this has been that so far I haven’t been able to find any flatmates on facebook. Also I have a feeling that living on-campus might offer lots of opportunities to socialise, meet study mates you can problem-solve with etc. One of the other factors influencing my decision is also by how much an off-campus shared accomodation would be typically cheaper. Considering I’d prefer an ensuite, meal plan accomodation (on-campus) how much would be the difference as compared to off-campus?

I have an offer for MSc Cyber Security. I have been looking for accommodations both on and off campus. I would like the advice of someone who has been studying at the University on which accommodation would be recommended

Hi,

Accommodations are a personal preference. You will need to be a bit more specific about what you are looking for. Outside the university, the choices of different types of accommodation increase, but finding them before actually coming here can be tough. So let me know what are the main things you are looking for and I can advice better.

Best,

Ayush

Do you happen to know how many percent of MSc comp sci. conversion students get employment in the companies they attend for industrial placement?

Hi,

There are no industrial placements in the conversion MSc. Maybe you mean something else. In the MSc conversion course the final semester after 2 semesters of coursework, is used for the project which is almost always (99.5%) within the department and not in a company. Industrial placement is a part of the undergraduate degrees. As far as employment goes, I do not have figures as the numbers are different for people from different nationalities.

Best,

Ayush

I recently got accepted in to the University to study Msc COmputer Science ( conversion ) , I intend on becoming a QA Engineer. Is there any module on this course that contains a bit of QA/Software Testing learning or is programming the main focus?

Hi

Since you will have a few options to select modules in the conversion MSc, the software engineering and software testing are 2 modules that you might find useful. I am not certain

that you will have the option to select them, but if not you can always attend the lectures for the knowledge.

 

Best,

Ayush

Which Postgrade programme in C.S. can be competetively more suitable for C.S.E. graduate from India? Thanks.

What do you mean be competitively ? You should pick a programme which you are interested in. All the masters programmes are designed with a focus on the trending areas within CS which have major impact in the field. All of them can enable you find good jobs, but you must select one which is based on your interests. It would be a poor decision to join a programme due to its “popularity” if you were to dislike every topic covered in it. I would suggest you to do some research about each course and then make up your mind on what you want to study. You can ask me about any of these programmes in more detail.

Best !

Ayush

I was planning to study MSc in Computer Security which was available last year. But when I applied this year I couldn’t find this course instead there was MSc in Cyber Security? Are these two courses same or different?

I think the two courses are almost exactly the same, there might be smaller changes in content which you should check out by checking out the modules from the previous years course and this years course which can be accessed from the modules page. I think the change is due to new accreditation from GCHQ which was probably not present before for security. This can be seen from the course descriptions of the two courses.

 

Best,

Ayush

Respected sir, this is sreenivasulu d from INDIA, i would like to join MSC accounting and finance course will you please suggest after completion of my course. thanking you sir.

hello Sreenivasulu,

 

I can not help with MSc in accounting and finance as I am not familiar with that particular course, I am a computer science student. You should look for the mentor for your course.

 

Many Thanks,

Ayush

I currently study at postgraduate program of System Engineering Faculty of Engineering University Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta Indonesia. I would like to know that are there any of Research program (PhD) in Computer Science in University of Birmingham? Please give some advises that how I could to starting it later. I thank you for your response. Have a great day sir.

Yes there are PhD programs in our Department. You can see http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-research/ for more details. It appears that your

background is not in Computer science, so you will have to contact the potential advisor (who will be your phd supervisor) and ask him/her about phd positions.

Cheers,

Ayush

I want to know the career prospects of the MSc. Computer science programme. I am from India and i have done Bachelors in Business Administration in India and working as a Talent acquisition with a reputed firm but i want to move into Computer Science field with concentration in Big Data analytics. Please suggest me ! Thank you

Hello,

 

The career prospects in the UK depend solely on your hard work, luck and dedication in finding a Job. The issue is with the number of Visas UK wants to offer to international students.

So only Top companies can sponsor a visa for you. I am not aware of what the prospects are if you want to go back to India and then look for a job there. It definitely helps that you have had

experience before. I know people who have landed greats jobs here after the MSc but they are not a lot.

Cheers,

Ayush

 

This fall, I’ll be starting the Masters conversion course in Computer Science in Birmingham. Do you have any advice for someone for whom programming was a passing hobby in the past and will be learning to program in earnest?

Hi,

If you are really interested in programming you could start learning Java from any source on the web. We usually follow JAVA in the school for MSc students so it will greatly help you during your course. Other than that you will learn everything that you will need once you start the course here so just relax and focus on settling here and getting ready to go top school 🙂

 

Cheers,

Ayush

I have a Master Degree in French Literature and I am interested in IT, specially networking. I had some self-studies and four years of experience (full-time IT Technician) in this field. I have also MCSA certificate. I would like to know if there is any possibility for me to take Master courses in University of Birmingham? Thank you for your time.

Hi,

Yes you can take the MSc in computer science at Birmingham even if your first degree is not computer science.

It is called a conversions MSc.

Best,

Ayush

How good are the facilities for postgraduate in the school of computing?

Hi,

 

The facilities available to postgraduate students are very nice. You get your own cubicle in a room with other PhD students. You will have a desktop and access to to a cluster in the school (directly) and a bigger cluster in the university (if needed and after approval). You have printing/copying/scanning facilities on several floors in the building. There is a research committee which can provide funding if you publish papers to a conference. There are many more facilities and it would be better if you could be a bit specific about what you would like to know.

 

Cheers

I want ot get the computer science course and previously I done B.Sc engineering from Pak.and live in the UK over 5 years leagally so need me to do any english course.

Hi,

You will need to apply for MSc in computer science. you should check the application page and apply as soon as possible.

If you do not need English test then all you will need to provide is your B.Sc degree results and then wait for the application results.

Cheers

Ayush

How will/has your degree prepare(d) you for what you want to do afterwards

My MSc degree taught me in depth the basics about my field of study. That motivated and helped me a lot to continue into a PhD here at Birmingham. I am learning and contributing to the field in my PhD, which will help me in my future goals of continuing with research and finding a research-oriented job.

Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

I would like to continue research in my area of natural computation and will be looking into post-doctoral positions.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

The whole experience has been wonderful: the teachers, peers and environment; everything has been great. It is the reason that I decided to stay for a second degree at Birmingham.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

There are some of the leading researchers in the field of Computer Science and specifically natural computation at Birmingham, which for me was the important deciding factor as it was my chosen field of study.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I was always interested in research in Computer Science and this motivated me to pursue a postgraduate degree in Computer Science at Birmingham.