Yasantha Chamara Samarawickrama
Yasantha studied a master's programme within the Institute for Digital Technologies and will be graduating December 2018.
Yasantha chose Loughborough University London due to our oustanding reputation for teaching, research and industrial collaborations, as well as our renowned student experience.
What were you doing before you started your master’s?
I studied my BEng(Hons) in Electronic Engineering in Sri Lanka offered by Sheffield Hallam University. I also worked as an Teaching Assistant in the field of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering in two Sri Lankan universities.
Why did you choose Loughborough University London?
Loughborough University London is a top 10 university in the UK with an outstanding reputation for teaching, research and industrial collaborations related to the field of electronics and telecommunications engineering. The University also offers the UK’s Best Student Experience in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2018.
What’s your favourite thing about Loughborough University London?
My favourite thing about Loughborough University London is the collaborative project module which offers an excellent platform for students to apply their skills, knowledge and experience to find solutions for real-life problems set by a company or industry. The Skills check programme is also very useful for developing the interpersonal skills essential for employment. I have also enjoyed the workshops, guest lectures and industry visits.
What helped you choose Loughborough?
The official Loughborough University London website was helpful for me when selecting my programme and finding out more about London. scholarshippositions.com website was also useful to find out the scholarships offered by the University.
How have you funded your studies?
I was awarded with the Dean's award for enterprise scholarship from Loughborough University London, funding 90% of tuition fees. Additional expenses were covered by self-funding. This includes working as a Student Ambassador and other part time work
Why did you decide to study your course?
I chose to study this programme due to the combination of modules related to Engineering, Innovation and Enterprise. In particular, on my search for a programme which covers all topics to work in an innovative industry or to engage in cutting edge research, this programme stood out.
What do you enjoy the most about your course?
I really enjoy the structure of modules of my programme. The core modules, such as Internet and communication networks, Mobile broadband and wireless networks really offers an excellent core knowledge and skills relevant to the Mobile communication systems field at the postgraduate level. Additionally the optional modules such as 3D media environments, Internet of Things, Media processing and coding are fascinating.
Describe what it is like to be a postgraduate student and how this differs from being an undergraduate.
As a postgraduate student, time management is crucial to manage the workload, as well as other extra curricular activities. You are also expected to work independently with minimum supervision using the skills, knowledge and experience acquired from prior studies.
Where do you see your career in 5 years’ time?
In 5 years time I expect to enhance my research and critical problem solving skills with by pursuing a PhD.
How do you like to spend your time away from your studies?
I love to travel and explore lots of different places. I am also a big fan of cricket!