Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Arvind Ramrekha
Course: Networking and Data Communications MSc
Year of graduation: 2008
Current role: CEO of a technological company
"After completing my first degree in Computer Engineering at Delhi University, I went back to Mauritius and worked in industry, specialising in Oracle.
"I was particularly interested in networking and decided to take a masters course. I looked at several universities in Australia and the UK, before deciding to apply to Kingston. The costs seemed reasonable and the University's reputation for excellence in computing was reassuring – from its website I found out about research in digital imaging and other areas.
"The quick and efficient way they answered my queries was also important – even from so far away I built up a personal relationship with the admissions team and felt I would be treated like an individual when I arrived, which I was. Staff met me at the airport and took us on a trip around London – they did everything they could to make me welcome.
"I studied for an MSc in Networking and Data Communications. Kingston has good links with industry and we met external engineers and researchers who gave us a good insight into the latest developments.
"I had intended to get some work experience in the UK after my MSc, but I did well in my studies [Arvind won prizes for his project and overall academic excellence] and my supervisor suggested I think about staying on for a PhD. I wasn't sure about it at first but, after talking to some of the other research students, I decided to apply for a project with established funding – these are shown on the website and are very competitive!
"The research department has won several big projects recently, including the one I'm working on (peer-to-peer network connectivity in disaster and emergency situations, funded by the European Union). Many of the Faculty staff are research active, well known and respected in their fields and much of our research is internationally acclaimed.
"I'm very pleased I stayed on. I'm learning a lot – everything changes so quickly – and I know I'll have several career options when I finish. Living in Kingston is great too; it's a relaxed, friendly and safe student town which is very close to the buzz of central London."
Name: Rob Williams
Course: Networking and Data Communications MSc
Year of graduation: 2006
Current job: IT team leader, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
"After I graduated from Kingston University's Computer Science BSc, I decided that I needed something extra to help me stand out from the crowd and give myself an advantage over all the other people with degrees. I was eager to learn more too, so I joined the University's Networking and Data Communications MSc.
"The class sizes on the MSc are much smaller than on the BSc and there's great interaction between the lecturers and the students. The course was fast paced and we learnt a great deal about upcoming technology – it pushed me hard, which I liked. We had to take more responsibility for self-study and for doing our own research than at BSc level, which had provided more structured learning.
"For my final project, I researched how to improve security on networks using the concept of Security Spaces. This was mainly aimed at overcoming security issues related to wireless hotspots and was written in Python with an XML database.
"Kingston has a great social scene. I was an active member of the University Karting Club – where I can still be found helping out. We raced all over the UK and Europe and I was a team captain for the British University Karting Championships. I also joined the Mountaineering Club so was off most weeks to a new climbing centre.
"All the clubs at the University are closely linked and as soon as you are part of one, you will soon meet up with other club members on nights out. There are social events for all tastes, from balls to paint balling.
"Kingston as a town is a great place with plenty of places to go and things to do – it's great for bars, restaurants and shopping and has plenty of open spaces like the Royal Parks nearby. If Kingston doesn't have what you want, you can always jump on a train and you're in central London in 30 minutes.
"After graduating, I took a well-deserved holiday and then really started looking for a job. Once I did, I found myself with two job offers within a week! I have no doubt that the MSc qualification made a huge difference to how potential employers saw me.
"I joined the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a network support engineer and 12 months ago was promoted to IT team leader. We've now hired another graduate with a BSc and MSc from Kingston University to take over my old role – I think they are very happy with former Kingston students!"
Informatics MSc student, Pete Stevens, talks about his experience at Kingston University:
The British Computer Society (BCS) accredits this course which means you may be able to gain exemptions from some BCS professional examinations.