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Greetings TSR members, after completing my CS undergraduate studies I decided to look into the possibility of studying Information/Cyber Security in the UK.
After a thorough research in the options offered in the UK I decided to apply to the following six universities: UCL, Lancaster, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Warwick & King's. Now that I received the offers from all of them I am at the difficult crossroad of choosing where I will continue my studies.
Since I've tried to evaluate almost all the possible choices in the UK, I will try to put in a nutshell all my knowledge about my choices, in order to assist future candidates who will be in a similar situation like mine.
Apart from that, I'm looking for details from people who have specific information about the universities or the programmes that I hold offers for.

UCL:
- Top-reputation university (****)
- 1st in CS research (REF 2014)
- Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research recognition
- General Computer Security pogramme with optional about Cyrptography, Malware, People and Software Engineering Security
- 8 courses (4 core + 4 optional)
- Located in the centre of London
- High living costs
- Fees 10765 £

Lancaster University:
- Reputable university (**)
- MSc certified by GCHQ
- Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research recognition
- Programme contains a variety of courses, including Cybercrime, Forensics, Cyberdefence, Risk Management and Law
- 8 courses (no optional courses)
- Small city
- Low living costs
- Fees 8167 £

Royal Holloway, University of London:
- Known university (*)
- First Information Security MSc in the world
- Separate/independent Information Security Group in Faculty of Science
- Reputable MSc
- MSc certified by GCHQ
- Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research recognition
- Specialisation tracks available
- Tracks: Cybercrime, Forensics, Business, Testing, Cybersecurity, Smartcards
- 8 courses (4 core + 4 optional)
- Outside Central London
- Medium living costs
- Fees 9600 £

University of Southampton:
- Reputable university (**)
- Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research recognition
- Optional mocules include: Cybercrime, Biometrics, Cryptography (not a compulsory) and Management
- 9 courses (6 core + 3 optional)
- Non technical programme
- Small city
- Low living costs
- Fees 6300 £

University of Warwick:
- Highly reputable university (***)
- 2nd in CS research (REF 2014)
- MSc offerered by WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), not CS department
- 10 courses (8 core + 2 optional)
- Almost half of the courses are Management and the Security courses bend to the business application of their content
- Clearly non technical programme
- Small city (Coventry), really close to a large city (Birmingham)
- Low living costs
- Fees 11600 £

King's College London:
- Highly reputable university (***)
- General computer security
- 8 courses (5 core + 3 optional)
- Only core courses are Security, the optional ones are general CS
- Located in the centre of London
- High living costs
- Fees 8520 £

Note: University star ranking is my creation and not from an official source. I created it from assessing various sources in order to put on a scale these six universities. You shouldn't use it to compare them with any other institution not included in this list. All other info regarding programme structure are from official webpages.

Lastly, although I have already listed the universities in my preferred order I need to clarify that, if I remove the economic constraint from the equation, I will:
1) Choose RHUL if I "listen" to my heart.
2) Choose Lancaster if I "listen" to my brain.
3) Choose UCL if I "listen" to the university table rankings.

Waiting for your opinions...
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*Fee status is UK/EU.
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For me personally, I would go with RHUL. It looks to be the best from my perspective as you have a variety of options which will likely result in your module choices being varied, allowing you to choose particular modules that suit you. It is also certified with GCHQ which is HUGE considering they're the UK's equivalent of the NSA. It's also in the medium price bracket, so you're not going to be paying top-dollar but still get the benefit of being near London.
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Hi,

I want to apply for the MSc Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism @ UCL or complete a similar course @ KCL..I need advice and help.

I'll have my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Services by September 2015 - Predicated 2:1.

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Hello,

I have the same problem with LucaFRNZ, I don't know which university to choose for the year 2016/17 for course information/cybersecurity.Anyone that is currently rolled in any of the above courses or LucaFRNZ which university you chose finally? Is Lancaster in block-mode (someone told me)? I need help please in order to decide which is the best taking into account that London is more expensive than other cities.

Thank you!
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