Swiss graduate Marcel Fehr is already established in the field of information security. He’s lived in Australia and has a wealth of life experience.
Yet, twenty years after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Switzerland, he returned to study, taking up the distance-learning MSc in Information Security offered by Royal Holloway, University of London.
“My main motivation was to do an English-language degree from England and also to achieve a well-known academic degree – that's what Royal Holloway is famous for,” he says.
“They've got excellence in cyber-security from GCHQ.
“I finally thought – I want to keep my language skills, I want to do an English degree. And Royal Holloway offered it all. It was the perfect match for me.”
‘Completely different’, ‘fun’ experience
Most striking for Marcel, returning to study after two decades, was the flexibility and study support offered by the University of London.
I could go at my own pace. I could keep a balance between work life and studying,” he explains. “It's completely different to full-time in Europe.
“I enjoyed the mind-set in England – the openness, the great support through all levels,” he adds. “You have the tutor, the manager of the course – they're all very helpful.
“In the online seminars, you go very much into the details and current affairs as well. That was fun – literally!
“My favourite module was cyber-crime and cyber law,” he notes. “In the UK, this is still very much related to European law, despite Brexit. But it was a real mind-set change.
“We talk about cyber security and openness, about how everybody can surf and do whatever they want. After experiencing the cyber-crime module, I changed my mind!”