Computer Science

Undergraduate study

Jonathan Smith

"Everyone I've met, both staff and students, have inspired me to make the most of my life. It’s definitely been an incredible experience here!"

Jonathan Smith

Year of Study



MSci (Hons)


Why did you choose this course?

I chose Computer Science because I have a keen interest in technology and the IT industry is a great place to launch your career. It’s a sector that still has a huge demand for graduates, even after all the troubles with the economy.

What attracted you to Loughborough University?

I’m from Loughborough originally so I knew before coming here how good the place was! When I visited on open days I immediately felt like this was where I wanted to study. The atmosphere around the campus and the department was relaxed and friendly while at the same time encouraging you to be the best person you can be.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I love how we don’t just focus on programming; we are taught a wide range of skills ranging from technological to business. I think this makes us well rounded people, who can hopefully do anything!

What do you think of the teaching quality?

The teaching quality is fantastic; one of the first things I noticed is that the lecturers all have a deep understanding of their field and they know how to present their knowledge to us, which is everything you can ask for! The practical sessions are really useful because it gives us a chance to actually try everything out for ourselves.

Do you have a particularly favourite module?

There are so many great modules, but if I have to pick one it would be E-Business Planning and Marketing. It gave us the chance to work with a real client and build a website that will be used for a real purpose. It taught me how to apply what I’ve learnt in the first two years to a real life scenario.

What support have you had from the department?

There’s a lot of support the department offer - we can always go and see the lecturers if we’re struggling with a module and they always take time out to explain things further until we understand. In the practical sessions, there are assistants who are there to help us out whenever we get stuck.

The university also has a place called Student Voice which is there to support you with any academic or personal issues you have, so you’ve always got someone to help!

Describe a typical day on your course

Since I’m in the final year of the Undergraduate Masters course I don’t have many lectures anymore. Instead, an average day consists of me working on my Thesis project and going to meetings with my team for group coursework. It’s a lot of self-study, but it’s good to have the freedom! In the evenings I mostly go to my sports clubs, so on Wednesdays I play badminton, Thursdays it’s tennis etc. I try to keep a good balance between work and my social life.

I’m also the Programme President for the Computer Science department which means I represent the interests of all the students in our department, which is over 600! I listen to people’s opinions on their course and attempt to ensure any issues are resolved. I do this by attending regular meetings with senior staff in the department. It’s a tough job but it’s very rewarding because I help to improve the life of current and future students.

Have you done a professional placement?

I did a summer research placement with the department last summer. It’s good to gain at least some experience because learning things in theory is very different to applying them in practice. Any relevant work experience will help you stand out to employers when applying for jobs; this is becoming more and more important because it’s so competitive out there now.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I hope to find a job in either consulting or project management. I’d like a career that combines interacting with people and technology; these two careers are perfect choices for me.

What would you say to someone considering studying your course?

Definitely join us! You’ll learn such a lot during your time here, not only about the course but about yourself!

What do you think of the social activities on campus?

There are a lot of social activities for all tastes. Personally I don’t enjoy clubbing I prefer playing sports with my friends instead. There’s a lot of sports clubs I’ve taken part in during my time here like badminton, tennis, volleyball, football etc. The Computer Society also runs gaming nights where you can play against lots of people. There are also opportunities to get involved with volunteering in the community and fundraising. The list is endless!

What do you enjoy most about being a student here?

The best thing about being a student here is that there is a real sense of community. There’s so much to get involved in and because it’s a campus based university, you’ll always end up bumping into your friends!

What do you find inspiring about Loughborough University?

For me, the most inspiring thing about the university is the people. It’s amazing how close we all become during our time here and as cheesy as it sounds everyone I’ve met, including both staff and students, have inspired me in some way to make the most of my life. It’s definitely been an incredible experience here!