- Course: Advanced Computer Science MSc
- Year of graduation: 2020
Ben Swift graduated from the School of Computing where he studied his masters - Advanced Computer Science MSc.
Ben chose to study a MSc in Advanced Computer Science as he wanted to delve deeper into areas of computing that he had enjoyed studying at undergraduate level. Additionally, he wanted to look into new areas and felt Leeds had a fantastic range of modules he could do this with, such as cloud computing, graphics, AI and big data. For Ben the range of modules on offer, the University of Leeds’s reputation and the wonderful city stood out when looking for a masters course.
Building a career in computing
I now use skills that I learnt at Leeds every day in my job. For example, the Cloud Computing module taught me the skills that I use as a software engineer working with cloud-based systems.
From the modules Ben studied at Leeds he gained the technical knowledge and experience that has helped him to start a career in a field that he loves. Working as a software Engineer at the BBC, Ben work in the team that develops and maintains the BBC’s interactive TV services. His role provides additional television channels for events like Wimbledon, Glastonbury and the Olympics, as well as enabling people to access BBC iPlayer from their TV. Ben said “I’m lucky enough to be part of a team whose work is used by millions of people and can be seen on everyone’s TV in the UK.”
He continued “I now use skills that I learnt at Leeds every day in my job. For example, the Cloud Computing module taught me the skills that I use as a software engineer working with cloud-based systems.”
Life outside the classroom
Whilst studying his MSc Ben was also a member of two university union societies - Leeds Student Radio and Backstage society. He said “As part of the university radio station, I was able to present radio shows, make great friends and use my computing skills to help run the station. And with Backstage, I used my love of technology to work on the technical side of musical theatre shows." He added “Being part of these societies helped me to start a career at the BBC by getting experience in putting my technical skills into practice.”
Advice from a Leeds alumnus
As a Leeds alumnus Ben gave the following advise “Get involved in whatever you can! There are so many great opportunities at university, especially at Leeds, that you’ll never get elsewhere. You will learn so many skills on the course but make sure to delve into the other opportunities at university and across Leeds. Make the most of living in the best city in the UK!”
Get involved in whatever you can! There are so many great opportunities at university, especially at Leeds, that you’ll never get elsewhere.
He continued “While studying, there’ll definitely be things that you will struggle with. So don’t be afraid to ask for help. Lecturers are not only extremely passionate about their subject but also brilliantly supportive - and are always happy to help out with anything.”