- Course: Communications and Signal Processing MSc
Why did you decide to study an MSc in Communications and Signal Processing at the University of Leeds?
I finished my Bachelor degree of Communications Engineering from Mosul University in Iraq back in 2010. Now, I am a taught postgraduate student in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Leeds University. The main reasons for choosing Leeds University was that it has a high rank in my specialization compared to other universities in the UK and even in the world; it also offers divergent MSc programs. The Communications and Signal Processing program has provided me with in depth knowledge and critical awareness of modern information engineering as audio and video signal processing, broadcast and computer communication, wireless and mobile communications.
What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University so far and why?
It is such an amazing experience being a student here. Managing the course alongside research is a challenge however I have learnt so much inareas I am interested in and my research, with the encouragement of my supervisor, excites me to keep going towards my goals. The University provides all support you would need from library resources, lab facilities, required materials to career services, advice and counselling.
I also want to mention the role of the Leeds University Language Centre who helped me to overcome the language barrier and made me familiar with English academic style.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed.
Besides the taught modules, I was fully engaged with different labs like DSP, security and networking, coding and wireless communications design. I worked on many practical assessments and projects. This provided me with a sufficient experience and helped me to apply the theoretical principles in practical work as well.
What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?
Apart from the academic life, I expected to gain immense knowledge of the world by living here. I have been able to explore the beautiful atmosphere of the city and keep up with my studies. I am so happy to have met students from different cultures and ethnicities. Meeting all these new people has taught me how to interact and engage with people from the entire world. Also as English was not my first language, everyone was so nice and helpful to guide me and explain what I did not understand.
I was so surprised with the helpful university residences staff who has arranged everything related to my family accommodation before my arrival. The location of the university is ideal as it is close to the city centre so finding accommodation was not an issue at all.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
As a lecturer at my home town university, much of my work involves dealing with the students. I am so confident to explore the teaching world with the strong theoretical bases that I have learnt here.
What would you say to students coming to do the same course?
In the end I just want to say that Leeds University has given me such wonderful memories which will always be remembered by me and my family. I would therefore absolutely recommend the university to all foreign students who are planning to study in UK.