Question: Which is a better course/institution MSc Mathematical Modelling (Birmingham) or MSc Applied Mathematics (Manchester)?
A bit about me: Computer Science background with about six years in the City with more undergraduate mathematics self studied.
- Both courses are geared towards computational modelling. Manchester's appears to be aligned with applied techniques and Birmingham aligned by application within interdisciplinary sciences. From what I can work out Birmingham is a remodeled course that used to be named something like Mathematics for Biology and Chemistry and most optional modules are around this.
- University of Manchester appears (I've not visited either) to have better facilities and has a more vibrant academic community than Birmingham.
- Birmingham scores generally higher in domestic undergraduate league tables. Manchester tends to score higher in the international ones, and in the 2008 RAE (which I note is very dated).
- Anecdotally Manchester is the better institution.
- Birmingham are keen to emphasise student support in their marketing in the school which is very useful for someone like me switching field. Manchester I'm aware that the postgraduates are physically located with the academics in their building.
What are your opinions and experiences that could help with my decision?
I don't have very long at all to make a decision!
Have you done any of these?