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Brian's story

With a background in electronics and a degree in Computer Game Technology, Brian Walsh was ready for a new challenge.

“I’m the kind of person who’s always on the lookout for something new so, having worked in programming for a number of years, I started to get itchy feet. Having studied previously at LJMU, I began looking at the Masters programmes here. As soon as I saw the Done Technology and Applications course I knew it was the one for me. It is the only course in the UK where you are taught to fly a drone and the learning is right at the cutting edge of technology.

Being in at the beginning of a new industry is a really exciting prospect. We are only just starting to scratch the surface of what drones are capable of and that gives us real possibilities in terms of career development.

I think Masters study was a little tougher than I expected as you are left to your own devices more. The support, however, is fantastic and the course is adapted to reflect the interests of the students. There have been occasions, for example, where we have wanted to know more about a certain area and, as a result, new lectures have been added to the programme to give us the information we want.

There is a really good mix of students on the course, we have people with a forensics background, some from aerodynamics, software specialists and even a fireman. This means that you also learn from your peers as they see things from a different perspective, therefore extending your understanding and giving you a more rounded view.

In terms of Liverpool itself, I could be accused of being a little biased as I was born and bred here but I think the biggest recommendation has to be the number of people I know who have come to Liverpool to study and never left. It’s just so easy to feel at home here.”