- Course: Urban Data Science and Analytics MSc
- Nationality: British
Why did you decide to study a masters at the University of Leeds?
When reading about the different courses I applied to, the University of Leeds’ course stood out to me. It gave me the opportunity to combine the areas of interest I developed during my undergraduate degree.
What has been the best aspect of studying your course at the University so far and why?
The opportunity to learn new skills. When starting the course, there is no expectation that you have experience working with specific programmes or a skill, for example, coding. This means that you don’t have to worry if you haven’t done your undergraduate degree at Leeds as everyone starts at the same point.
Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have been involved with.
Most recently, I completed a project, as an assignment, exploring transport usage data collected by Transport for London. I was able to use methods I had learned within the module to carry out an analysis to assess whether COVID-19 restrictions impacted transport usage in London.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I am hoping for a career where I can use my geographical background and use the data handling skills I am learning through my masters course to make a difference in industry and for communities.
What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?
In the practical sessions you are working with actual, real-world data which gives you experience that you can take into a career. Through different modules you learn a variety of methods to work with data, such as coding and GIS. By exploring different methods, you can really find what interests you and where to look for a career.
What would you say to students thinking about studying your course?
Embrace the opportunity to learn new skills. A masters degree gives you a chance to invest in your future and develop skills to take with you once you’ve graduated.