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Hands-on experience

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Chengcheng Cui chose to study a master's in Computer Science at Reading because it covered many different types of technology. The modules included Big Data Analytics, Cloud Computing and Data Mining, as well as a master's project.

Chengcheng studied his computing undergraduate degree at Imperial College London. He then spent a year working in industry – completing internships at Barclays Investment Bank and M&G Investments – before coming to Reading. 

Big Data Analytics was the most interesting part of the master's 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."

Excellent grounding

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:

"The course covers concepts and technology that didn't even exist a few years ago. I learned about technologies that some people in my company aren't aware of." 

Read about the MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing course

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Many reasons drove my choice to study at Reading. Besides the excellent campus and location, what particularly attracted me was the content of the course, with modules focused on the most modern topics in computer science.

Fabio Cappello, Computer Science master's graduate

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