Tariq Ahmad

What I enjoy the most about my PhD is that my course provides me with the opportunity to continuously learn new things, try out new ideas and challenges me on a daily basis. No day is the same as the last.

After living within the city for over 30 years, previously completing both my BSc and MSc in computer science at this University (back in 1990!), Manchester felt like the natural place to take on a PhD. Although maybe a little overdue.

From first impressions, I have always been amazed at the size of the place. Manchester is home to so many people from all over the world, which helps to make the University a vibrant and buzzing place to live and study.

What I enjoy the most about my PhD is that my course provides me with the opportunity to continuously learn new things, try out new ideas and challenges me on a daily basis. No day is the same as the last. From starting my PhD in September 2015, I have already gained so many more skills that are not only useful for my degree but are also skills that can be transferred into any workplace. I’ve improved my ability to find and read papers, write reports and my presentational skills. My technical understanding using systems such as Python, Mac OS, and My SQL has also increased.

Studying at Manchester gives you so many opportunities. You are constantly exposed to new ideas and there are several chances to go abroad on trips to present some of your research at conferences.

For anyone considering applying for a PhD at Manchester my advice for them would be to do it! It will definitely be a lot of hard work but with motivation and a good relationship with your supervisor, you will succeed.

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