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    I'm looking to transition in to industry in the broad area of internet applications, so things like search, mobile, human-computer interaction, user experience design, etc.

    My background: Physics 1st from top 10 uni, Physics masters, work experience in banking (but I want to make a complete switch go hardcore computing), strong interest in the android platform and the ecosystem surrounding it, cutting edge stuff that's coming of of labs at google etc.

    Please comment on the following options:

    Cambridge MPhil ACS: I know this is meant to be a PhD feeder but there are still some interesting courses nonetheless.
    Oxford MSc Computer Science: Very interesting applied research projects.
    Imperial MSc Computer Science/Advanced Computing: more run-of-the-mill course featuring all the usual suspects.
    LSE MSc in Information Management and Innovation: more for consulting?
    Others: Please recommend!

    for oxbridge, please also list the top 3 colleges.
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    (Original post by thetrystero)
    I'm looking to transition in to industry in the broad area of internet applications, so things like search, mobile, human-computer interaction, user experience design, etc.

    My background: Physics 1st from top 10 uni, Physics masters, work experience in banking (but I want to make a complete switch go hardcore computing), strong interest in the android platform and the ecosystem surrounding it, cutting edge stuff that's coming of of labs at google etc.

    Please comment on the following options:

    Cambridge MPhil ACS: I know this is meant to be a PhD feeder but there are still some interesting courses nonetheless.
    Oxford MSc Computer Science: Very interesting applied research projects.
    Imperial MSc Computer Science/Advanced Computing: more run-of-the-mill course featuring all the usual suspects.
    LSE MSc in Information Management and Innovation: more for consulting?
    Others: Please recommend!

    for oxbridge, please also list the top 3 colleges.
    Where did you do these? Were they separate or one single qualification?
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    (Original post by thetrystero)
    for oxbridge, please also list the top 3 colleges.
    The actual postgraduate teaching (at Oxford, and I think Cambridge too) is in departments, not colleges, although you still are attached to a college, which matters for accommodation/food/etc/
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    (Original post by speakerfone)
    Where did you do these? Were they separate or one single qualification?


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    I did my BSc at Bath and Masters in the USA. Both my ug and pg thesis had significant scientific computing components but nothing fundamental like data structures or algorithms.
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    (Original post by fluteflute)
    The actual postgraduate teaching (at Oxford, and I think Cambridge too) is in departments, not colleges, although you still are attached to a college, which matters for accommodation/food/etc/


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    I was looking more at the community. Some colleges have more CS majors.
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    First thing is: find masters which is funded. Then choose one from these. Considering that masters are not frequently funded, you may have a small list of possible choices. Also the course of masters you are interested in narrows the list even more.
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    Since you mentioned HCIT, may I suggest you look into York? I'm doing my MSc in Software Engineering there and would I go back I would probably opt for their MSc in HCIT.

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    (Original post by thetrystero)
    I'm looking to transition in to industry in the broad area of internet applications, so things like search, mobile, human-computer interaction, user experience design, etc.
    Hi,

    I was reading your post, and was going to answer directly, but then I stopped. It isn't clear to me what it is that you're really looking for here, as there's a bit of a contrast between the topics you say you're interested in, and the research and teaching strengths of the institutions you list.

    I'm the Research Chair for the British Computer Society Interactions Special Interest Group (i.e. the HCI research group for UK universities) - and if you really want to do "user experience" and HCI, then none of the degrees you list actually do much in those domains. The strong institutions in those areas are, with the exception of Glasgow and UCL, mostly 60s institutions such as City (disclaimer: my own uni), Nottingham, Lancaster and York.

    Similarly, in terms of mobile (specifically web apps and mobile apps), again, there is research in those institutions, but there are much more strongly recognised centres of excellence in the UK (e.g. Swansea, Nottingham, Lancaster, Glasgow). The same could be said for search (Queen Mary, City, Glasgow), and also for web technologies (Southampton, for example).

    Clearly Imperial, Cambridge and Oxford are internationally recognised, quality institutions. However, does what they offer actually align with the skillset that you want to get?

    I'm also intrigued by your interest in the LSE Information Management and Innovation MSc, which is (as you say) very closely targetted on consulting work. Though usability is a key skill in consultancy these days, consulting is a different thing, and both consultancy and usability tend to not be "hard core" computer science, in traditional terms, with an emphasis on development of working code.

    I think that, before you know which course is right for you, you need a bit more clarity about the balance you personally need from your degree regarding code building, design/consultancy, and HCI. There are courses that offer a range of different choices there, but you might be in danger of choosing a good, but ill-fitting degree here.

    The prestige of institutions counts, but if, for example, you are genuinely interested in Android development and getting a link into Google, Matt Jones at Swansea (with whom I've published several canonical works on mobile usability) is, for example, the single person in the UK most likely to be able to get you connected to the right people.

    FWIW, my own specialist research is about usability, with a strong technical component on search and mobile devices; I'm sort of an outlier in having that mix (i.e. usability and technical development).

    I appreciate this may be taking the conversation off in a different direction to what you were thinking of, but it's not clear what your goals and plans are, and, hence, which course would actually fit you the best.

    All the best,

    George
 
 
 
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