Chengcheng Cui chose to study MSc Advanced Computer Science at Reading because it covered a good mixture of different types of technology. The modules included Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Data Mining, as well as an MSc project.
Chengcheng came to the University of Reading after studying an undergraduate degree in computing at Imperial College London. He then spent a year working in industry, completing internships at Barclays Investment Bank and M&G Investments. He is now an Application Developer at M&G Investments.
Big Data Analytics was the most interesting part of the degree for Chengcheng. He found it particularly useful as it involves 'cutting edge' technology and employers are especially interested in this area.
"Cloud computing was another of my favourite topics. I learned how to use distributive systems and got hands-on experience using Hadoop."
After completing his master's degree, Chengcheng returned to M&G Investments where he received a place on their graduate scheme as an Application Developer. This course provided an excellent grounding in the practical side of things, so the skills he learned were easy to apply in the workplace.
"Cloud computing and big data analytics are now key to my job."
Now that Chengcheng has his master's degree, he's qualified to apply for a lot more jobs: "I learned about technology that some other people in my company aren't even aware of. The course covers concepts and technology that didn't even exist a few years ago."