So I have been applying to MSc Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence courses and have gotten a few rejections so far.
I had a very very strong personal statement, but I get the feeling the transcript is what really matters?
I spent quite a long time writing my personal statements and wondering whether it even matters. It might be wiser to get my next applications in as soon as possible and submit an okayish statement..?
Also I am having an issue with 'admissions officers' not being able to see that my Computer Science course contains mathematics within it, as the module names do not make this so obvious for them. Would it be okay to attach a page, with my transcript, highlighting modules and how they make me appropriate for the course, along with their syllabuses?
(Original post by posthumus)
I got a First Class Honours, but just about.
My transcript does not look very good, because in the first year I got a lot of marks below 60.
My dissertation grade was also below 60.
I really do feel it is in the transcript letter me down. But in one particular case at least, I know that they only assessed my transcript and did not consider my motivations etc.
It's probably the dissertation grade. In a masters course (even a taught masters) you will be doing a sizeable dissertation/project/thesis, and they want to know you are able to do academic research to a high level as preparation for this. If you did poorly in your dissertation, and you don't have any other research experiences (e.g. summer research projects and so on) that might demonstrate this otherwise, that would probably raise a few flags.
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I was under the impression that its the academic references, personal statement and meeting minimum entry requirements that matter when it comes to postgrad admissions.
I've never been asked for a degree transcript or questioned about undergrad modules. But I'm not a STEM student.
It's possible. Like you I'm also a little worried that I didn't explicitly drop buzzwords in my PS about the various types of calculus I had to do in my degree because I assumed it was obvious as an engineer. An admissions tutor said to me that they will just look at my transcript module titles and see whether there are any computer science titles to see if I'm eligible. I haven't heard anything about them needing to see mathsy module titles or to be told explicitly what type of maths you have had to do, but its possible.