Tuesday, 11 February 2014

UK Calling ~ Overseas Education!

To me, engineering is exciting and fun, not geeky – because engineers are literally changing the world today.  It is my aim to contribute to the development of the latest electronics and technology. Already pursuing a Masters in Electronics and Tele-communications, I aim to pursue a PhD soon.

Pursuing a PhD is not a cakewalk. It is one of the highest academic degrees. It requires a thorough grounding in the principles and the requisite specialist knowledge and skills to develop, manage and adapt current systems. Doing a PhD is an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience and forms the foundation for a scientific career.

It is important that before enrolling for such a program, you must be focused on a specific area of research and must have a strong background for research methodologies.

The UK is an attractive, dynamic destination for candidates pursuing their PhD degrees. It is home to some of the world’s most prestigious universities and distinguished faculty. A PhD UK degree can be the start to many career opportunities. It provides post-graduates with a competitive edge to enter into careers, whether in academia, government, research, non-profit organizations, or private sector agencies.

PhD UK programs attract many of the best minds from across the globe, creating an environment that is intellectually and culturally stimulating, challenging candidates to grow personally and professionally as they are able to create a vast network of professionals in the field.

Since, my area of interest was Telecommunications, there were not many universities I could target. After a bit of research, I found an institute that sufficed my choice of course; Bangor University, ranked No 2 in the UK for Research in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The world of telecommunications is one of the fastest developing in the areas of science and technology. A strong emphasis is on mobile and wireless communications and the latest standards in these areas (LTE, WiMax, IEEE 802 family of standards, etc.) I wish to study both the theoretical foundations of all related technologies but also do extensive practical assignments in several related areas. At Bangor University, I plan to learn from experts, some cutting edge research in a range of subjects and get published in the top academic journals.

The study of wireless optical systems is multidisciplinary involving a wide range of areas including: optical design, optoelectronics, electronic design, channel modeling, communications and information theory, modulation and equalization, wireless optical network architectures among many others.

To earn a PhD degree, a student must demonstrate breadth of knowledge, give evidence of superior scholarship and mastery of a specialized field, and must demonstrate his/her ability to do significant and relevant research. In addition, the student must conceive, write and defend a PhD dissertation representing a significant and original contribution to current academic extensive research as demonstrated by a public dissertation defense and publication in established peer-reviewed academic conferences and/or journals, also present the same before esteemed panel of experts.

A plan of study should be designed by the advisor and student as early as possible after admission. A copy of the plan of study must be on file in the student’s folder and should be consulted during each registration period.

UK is known for its rich culture and history. This country has students coming from China, India, USA, Germany and France. The students here are from different cultures and are respected for that. London by itself has 30000 courses to offer to students coming from different parts of the world. It is second to the USA as a much sought after study abroad destination.

The quality and standard of UK’s education system is well known worldwide in the student community as well as among employers. The exposure to the English language and rich culture offer a good study environment as well as a good social life.

Program Coursework~
In addition to the research and dissertation, typical doctoral degrees in telecommunications might include courses in the following:
> Network performance
> Queuing theory
> Digital transmission
> Telephone system management
> Photonic communications

The School of Electronic Engineering of Bangor University has two main research themes:
> Optoelectronic Devices and Systems (ODS),
> Organic Electronics (OE)

Popular Career Options~
A doctoral degree in telecommunications prepares you for careers with manufacturing companies, cable providers and cell phone carriers. Telecommunications Ph.D.s can open employment opportunities in some of the following jobs:
Communications consultant
Telecommunications executive
Network supervisor

Career Info
With a PhD in telecommunication, you could be employed in the fast-growing network and computer systems administration field.

Research Areas~
> Optical Communications with research interests in:
> Advanced optical communications systems for long-haul core networks
> Optical networking and future all-optical networks
> Optical and electrical signal processing
> Research Opportunities

Here are a few snapshots of my dream University:

When you love doing something, expand your horizons in it. Master it! I wish I am able to materialize this dream soon and make a difference!

Source of images: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/eng/
Topic: If you could study/specialize in any subject of your choice in UK, what would it be? Where and Why?

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  1. Quite clinical in detail... written like an engineer! :)

    Arvind Passey

    1. :P I take that as a compliment :D
      Thank you sir :)

  2. Wee researched info nicely presented in a neat piece of writing. You are alreday a research scholar!

  3. Well researched and quite informative post... All the best for the contest Aayesha...

  4. Looks like you've written this post as an answer to a compulsory question :P A well researched post like always. All the best Aysh :)

    1. :P Hahahhaah Raafa :D
      Thank you :)
      All the best to you too! :)

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