PhD in Computer Science

It seems fair to argue that computer technology has, more than anything else, shaped the modern world. Things that we now take for granted– the internet, mobile phones, medical technology – would not be possible without the major developments made in the field of computing, particularly over the past 20 years. A Higher Education in computer science can give you a specialized focus on an area of technology, helping you develop your skills and career prospects. A Computer Science Ph.D gives you a huge advantage for industry research labs, like Google Research. On occasion such labs accept people who only have master’s degrees, but this is extremely rare. A CS Phd also gives you an advantage for some quantitative finance positions, assuming your Phd is mathematical and algorithmic in nature.Teachers who have been versed in the "three r's" model of primary school education (reading, writing, and arithmetic) may be somewhat reluctant to change their tried-and-true curricula to include computer science. While such a large change certainly is an understandable concern, especially for teachers who have not approached programming themselves, the benefits of a more rigorous computer science education make the change worthwhile. Among the topics and skills examined by students when they are actively engaged in a computer science curriculum are the following:

  1. Teamwork
  2. Stepwise refinement
  3. Curriculum support
  4. Algorithmic thought process
  5. Comfort with technology

For some companies (typically larger ones), having a CS Phd counts towards your starting rank. For example, Microsoft has levels to track your career trajectory within the company, starting at 59 for new grads and going up with promotions. With a Phd, you start a couple levels up. Additionally, some of the more prestigious director or VP roles are reserved for people who have Phds, especially if they are to oversee very technical areas. If you get very, very lucky, you can start a company to commercialize your research in a field with a high barrier to entry because of the technical depth.

Personal growth and enjoyment
You pick up research and critical thinking skills. You learn to think independently (unless youre in an intense lab structure where your adviser or post-docs dictate your research, but that seems very uncommon). You learn how to break down problems, and set about seeking to solve them.You learn to be self-motivated, because a Phd program is so free-form that youll have to set your own schedule and deadlines.

You get to spend a few years thinking deeply about a problem that youre interested in (some might call this intellectual masturbation), without the pressure of a boss who needs something for a product deadline or a company that needs to hit revenue targets or other such external constraints.Like it or not you're living in it this is the Digital Age. Computer programmes have all but infiltrated every aspect of our lives. Computer scientists theories, design, develop, and apply the software and hardware for the programmes we use day in day out sounds pretty important to us.

Every industry uses computers so naturally computer scientists can work in any. Problems in science, engineering, health care and so many other areas can be solved by computers. It's up to the computer scientist to figure out how, and design the software to apply the solution. Computer science departments at typically benefit from having one of the more culturally diverse cohorts at their respective units. A diverse cohort means you'll be exposed to different cultures and potentially finish with an international network of contacts to utilize later in life.

Computers have gone global, and it would be silly for Computer Science education providers to not reflect this fact. Check the opportunities for overseas study on the courses that interest you. A year abroad will provide you with a deeper understanding of how computers are used around the world, allowing you to experience other cultures, and gain some language skills in the process.