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Aimee Huang
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I'm an international student from Taiwan. Recently I got three offers from UK universities :
Lancaster : MSc Data Science(School of Computing and Communications )
Leeds : MSc Data Science and Analytics(School of Mathematics)
Southampton : MSc Data Decision and Analytics(School of Mathematical Science)

In long term, I would like to work as an data analyst or data scientist in the UK or Europe. I'm wondering which one has higher reputation in terms of research and teaching quality in computing & mathematics?

Regarding the courses, I like the modules that Lancaster designed. It contained both statistics theories and applied data mining, also programming and distributed system. Most importantly, it offers placements for student to deal with real-world data at term 3. In Leeds, most of the courses are optional modules, and you can choose two courses each from computing and math. I found that there are more choices and the course are more applied(I can be wrong with this). Also it locates in a city, maybe there will be more working opportunities after graduating. For Southampton, the subject focus more on operational research and statistics, there are less content about programming and computing systems, so this is my concern for this subject.

Overall, my goal is to find a job in Europe, so I would like to know which choice will benefit me more to reach the goal after I graduate. I will be appreciate for any opinion, thank you
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(Original post by Aimee Huang)
I'm an international student from Taiwan. Recently I got three offers from UK universities :
Lancaster : MSc Data Science(School of Computing and Communications )
Leeds : MSc Data Science and Analytics(School of Mathematics)
Southampton : MSc Data Decision and Analytics(School of Mathematical Science)

In long term, I would like to work as an data analyst or data scientist in the UK or Europe. I'm wondering which one has higher reputation in terms of research and teaching quality in computing & mathematics?

Regarding the courses, I like the modules that Lancaster designed. It contained both statistics theories and applied data mining, also programming and distributed system. Most importantly, it offers placements for student to deal with real-world data at term 3. In Leeds, most of the courses are optional modules, and you can choose two courses each from computing and math. I found that there are more choices and the course are more applied(I can be wrong with this). Also it locates in a city, maybe there will be more working opportunities after graduating. For Southampton, the subject focus more on operational research and statistics, there are less content about programming and computing systems, so this is my concern for this subject.

Overall, my goal is to find a job in Europe, so I would like to know which choice will benefit me more to reach the goal after I graduate. I will be appreciate for any opinion, thank you
They're all at a similar level in terms of prospects/reputation and neither one would put you at a more significant advantage. I'm sure all three would allow you to be a data analyst so long as you do well throughout your degree. It's a very personal choice.

They're very different universities and experiences so you must have some kind of preference as to what you want your uni lifestyle to be like.

Lancaster is incredibly isolated; it's a nice enough campus but it's miles away from anything else and some find this a deterrent while others prefer it. Southampton is a pretty good city, but again somewhat on the smaller side; you can still find plenty to do though. Leeds is the polar opposite - it's a very big city with a large student population. The nightlife and party scene is what it's renowned for if this is your thing and doubt you'd be bored there. If you'd rather somewhere more quiet or isolated though, I wouldn't consider it.

Ultimately, reputation doesn't matter too much because the difference is so negligible. Look at what kind of experience would suit you and how the course is structured.
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