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    Hi Everyone
    I'm applying for universities this year.
    I am applying to study Computer Science
    The universities I've chosen are Newcastle, Northubria, Hull and Nottingham

    I wanted to ask if anyone here knows if Northumbria or Hull are any good for the Computer Science course?
    Are there really good career opportunities for graduates?
    Is studying there good or bad?
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    Define what a "good computer science department" means exactly. My definition of a good department, comes down to size, research and funding. These are personal preferences and probably won't match everyone ideas; there is however, a positive correlation between the criteria I mentioned and the national rankings.

    A large department, generally earns more funding and has less risk of closing down; Large departments, provide breadth (not seen in smaller departments) in their undergraduate courses. More funding, means more staff and more research...smaller departments need to focus their funding to specialised research topics, and this can sometimes "specialise" an undergraduate course in the final years - this is good or bad, depending on your personal preferences.

    Nottingham has a medium sized Computing Science department, scoring very well in the recent RAE. Newcastle has a large sized Computer Science department, scoring well in the recent RAE. Hull has a tiny Computer Science department, and didn't submit any research in the recent RAE. Northumbria doesn't even have an independent Computer Science department and funding seems to be shared between "Engineering and Information Sciences". It's a fairly large department as a whole, but the Computer Science section is fairly small.

    I'm very sceptical about "Graduate Prospects" scores, as they only indicate the prospects after the first 6 months of graduating (which isn't very long really), and is also determined on the feedback willingly given by students.

    If I was to guess, I'd say Newcastle > Nottingham > ... > Northumbria > Hull

    It is about being happy though, you might not like Newcastle, in which case Nottingham would be a fine alternative. How the courses are taught at each, is an entirely different matter. I cannot evaluate that for you; you'd need to talk to current students at open days or something.
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    How about the career opportunities after graduating from Northumbria?
    Are they good or not?
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    I'll be honest, if you graduated from any of those 4 universities, I don't think any would give you a significant leverage when it comes to employment over any of the others. I think it'd be unlikely that you'd get rejected for a job because you got a degree from say Hull, whereas you'd get accepted with a degree from somewhere else, such as Northumbria.

    You can view graduate employment/study statistics for all of the courses in the universities online at http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/

    I can only really comment on studying [email protected], and all I can say is that it's awesome
 
 
 
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