International Study Centre

Mohsen’s journey from the International Study Centre to a PhD in Electronics

Posted 25 June 2019
Sussex ISC alumni sits in hall

“I came here and I started doing two or three months of just an English course.”

From entry level English language preparation to a doctorate, Mohsen is a University of Sussex and International Study Centre success story. Originally from Iran, he first arrived in the UK in 2006 to attend the University of Sussex International Study Centre. Initially joining the English Language Preparation course, he went on to complete a degree in BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and was subsequently offered a place to do a PhD in Electronics at the University of Sussex. It was at this time that he became fascinated with the electrical analysis of human emotion – a subject that lead him to his work today.

He gained a position working at the Sussex Innovation Centre on the University campus. Sussex Innovation is a business support network, and helped Mohsen set up a company that enhances digital communication to the point of allowing for human feelings to be embedded into data. He claims this progressive work to be his biggest accomplishment to date. He told us that this is partially due to his “useful experience of re-learning” key elements of the subject, like maths and physics, during his time at our International Study Centre.

He adds: “A slow start helped me to get used to the environment, get accustomed with the new language, and make sure I know the terms and I understand them”.

Mohsen also talked to us about the advice he’d give to students studying engineering at Sussex. Mohsen said: “make sure you have an open eye of what you're choosing and not just choose something because the name sounds interesting or you just simply feel you would do better at it. It might pay to do a little bit more research beforehand.”


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