Which Data Science program to choose

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shehrum
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Hello. I am an international student and have an option of choosing between
1. MSc Data Science Exeter
2. MSc. Data Science with industrial year from Surrey University
3. MSc. Data Science from City, University of London or MSc. Artificial Intelligence from City
4. MSc. Artificial Intelligence, QMUL
Which program would you recommend me to go with and why. I want to choose a university that would maximise my graduate prospects and give an overall good experience. I already have 2 years of work experience as a Data Scientist.
Note: If I choose London, I will be saving up on the living costs
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A year in industry is always good but which course is best suited to your academic interests? Also bear in mind that unless you are from the EU you are unlikely to get a job here.
(Original post by shehrum)
Hello. I am an international student and have an option of choosing between
1. MSc Data Science Exeter
2. MSc. Data Science with industrial year from Surrey University
3. MSc. Data Science from City, University of London or MSc. Artificial Intelligence from City
4. MSc. Artificial Intelligence, QMUL
Which program would you recommend me to go with and why. I want to choose a university that would maximise my graduate prospects and give an overall good experience. I already have 2 years of work experience as a Data Scientist.
Note: If I choose London, I will be saving up on the living costs
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You need to pore over the modules on offer at each one.

A problem of the UK system is we give cool sounding names to degree titles without much focus what's on them. This is especially true where data scientist/AI/machine learning/data mining/various other terms are used interchangeably to make a course sound more mainstream.
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Well module's wise, City's course appeals to me the most, however, City is the lowest ranked amongst the options I have. So I don't know whether that would make a difference, or would be a bad choice to consider
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You need to pore over the modules on offer at each one.

A problem of the UK system is we give cool sounding names to degree titles without much focus what's on them. This is especially true where data scientist/AI/machine learning/data mining/various other terms are used interchangeably to make a course sound more mainstream.
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True that, but that's a risk I'm willing to take and will try my best to secure a placement. Hence, focusing on a uni that would maximise my graduate prospects.
City's course suits me the most, the rest aren't bad either. I'm only hesitant with City as it's ranking is quite low as compared to the others, so I don't know if that'd make a big difference, or it wouldn't be wise to consider it as a choice if I have other better options.
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A year in industry is always good but which course is best suited to your academic interests? Also bear in mind that unless you are from the EU you are unlikely to get a job here.
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(Original post by shehrum)
True that, but that's a risk I'm willing to take and will try my best to secure a placement. Hence, focusing on a uni that would maximise my graduate prospects.
City's course suits me the most, the rest aren't bad either. I'm only hesitant with City as it's ranking is quite low as compared to the others, so I don't know if that'd make a big difference, or it wouldn't be wise to consider it as a choice if I have other better options.
So have you decided where to study? I'm a international student too working as a data engineer for now. Planning to take msc data science next year. What do u think of city uni of london?
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shehrum

I'd have done a degree in applied mathematics or statistics if I wanted to get into data science. IMO, it's more important to understand the fundamentals of a subject before you dive deep into the tools and fads.



Then why do you want to do a degree in data science?
I would disagree with that approach. Telling from an industrial experience point of view, when you're building AI centric applications, you don't need too much advanced knowledge about the statistics and mathematical theory. Just a moderate understanding of things is good enough.


I want to pursue job opportunities in London, and its hard for me to apply directly from here as no one even considers the application. The situation is alot different when you are in person. Moreover, I want to get a stronger grip on concepts, and dive into AI (deep-learning, multi-agents etc). With a strong curriculum, research oriented projects and networking opportunities, I believe it will drastically improve my chances of getting a good job as an AI developer/researcher.
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So have you decided where to study? I'm a international student too working as a data engineer for now. Planning to take msc data science next year. What do u think of city uni of london?
Yes, I've decided to pursue MSc. Artificial Intelligence from City, University of London. Can't comment yet as the course is starting from 16th of Sept, but will post a review here after a few months. For now I'm pretty confident about my decision overall as I did alot of research, and I think this was the best choice for me for the following reasons.

1. Location - Central London (home to alot of tech companies)
2. 6 month Internship option instead of thesis. (increases your graduate prospects of getting hired by the same company)
3. Modules are very modern and industry oriented as compared to other programs I explored
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(Original post by shehrum)
Yes, I've decided to pursue MSc. Artificial Intelligence from City, University of London. Can't comment yet as the course is starting from 16th of Sept, but will post a review here after a few months. For now I'm pretty confident about my decision overall as I did alot of research, and I think this was the best choice for me for the following reasons.

1. Location - Central London (home to alot of tech companies)
2. 6 month Internship option instead of thesis. (increases your graduate prospects of getting hired by the same company)
3. Modules are very modern and industry oriented as compared to other programs I explored
Hey, so have you started on the course? What did you think of the program?
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