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MSc Geographical Information Science @ Manchester
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Which course would give me better employment opportunities? Which University is 'better' in terms of employment and reputation?
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Glasgow, as a solid top3 Scottish uni, can open more doors in Scotland than Manchester can do in England, but Manchester is a relatively larger city and will offer more intern opportunities. Glasgow is still large tho. For UK-wide reputation the two unis are rather similar because Scottish unis are not very popular overall.
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I don't know much, so I won't be of incredible help, but Manchester is allegedly the top targeted university in the UK by employers, so if you're concerned about being 'employable' then this may be something to consider.
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(Original post by slothonist)
MSc Geographical Information Science @ Manchester
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MSc Geoinformation Technology & Cartography @ Glasgow

Which course would give me better employment opportunities? Which University is 'better' in terms of employment and reputation?
What are you hoping to do after your degree?

I'm very skeptical of using employment statistics offered for courses by universities, or just looking at their "reputation"-I went to two UK universities in the top 10 in the league tables for my course, both offered minimal assistance in helping me find a good job after. Just because 95% of a particular cohort ended up in employment within 6 months doesn't mean they will next year (or that you will be in the 95% over the 5%). Focus instead on the content of the course (does it suit what you want to do after your degree?), but more importantly the opportunities to develop relevant experience. Which course do you think would offer the best Masters research projects to develop the best experience? Are there any businesses/university researchers you could intern with during holidays at that specific university, that would seriously boost your CV?
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(Original post by megascream)
Glasgow, as a solid top3 Scottish uni, can open more doors in Scotland than Manchester can do in England, but Manchester is a relatively larger city and will offer more intern opportunities. Glasgow is still large tho. For UK-wide reputation the two unis are rather similar because Scottish unis are not very popular overall.
Yeah I did my undergrad at St Andrews so reputation-wise I prefer Glasgow, but I don't like some of the module options on the course and I know 2 people who did their MSc there in 2018 and both of them are still looking for jobs :/
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I don't know much, so I won't be of incredible help, but Manchester is allegedly the top targeted university in the UK by employers, so if you're concerned about being 'employable' then this may be something to consider.
Yeah that's initially why I applied to Manchester. I've heard that its a really good uni employment-wise but I wasn't sure if its generally regarded as a good uni or not
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What are you hoping to do after your degree?

I'm very skeptical of using employment statistics offered for courses by universities, or just looking at their "reputation"-I went to two UK universities in the top 10 in the league tables for my course, both offered minimal assistance in helping me find a good job after. Just because 95% of a particular cohort ended up in employment within 6 months doesn't mean they will next year (or that you will be in the 95% over the 5%). Focus instead on the content of the course (does it suit what you want to do after your degree?), but more importantly the opportunities to develop relevant experience. Which course do you think would offer the best Masters research projects to develop the best experience? Are there any businesses/university researchers you could intern with during holidays at that specific university, that would seriously boost your CV?
Either research or employment, haven't fully decided yet to be honest but I think the course at Manchester would set me up very well for both. I prefer the modules there and I just feel the course would equip me with valuable skills for whatever I decide to do in the future. There's also an optional applied study unit which would entail working with a researcher or business depending on your interests.
However, I assume Glasgow has a better reputation so I wondered if that would be the better option in the long run
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Either research or employment, haven't fully decided yet to be honest but I think the course at Manchester would set me up very well for both. I prefer the modules there and I just feel the course would equip me with valuable skills for whatever I decide to do in the future. There's also an optional applied study unit which would entail working with a researcher or business depending on your interests.
However, I assume Glasgow has a better reputation so I wondered if that would be the better option in the long run
As I said, ignore reputation as in my experience, I've never once had people choose me based on reputation of my previous universities. If you think the Manchester course is the best for setting you up for afterwards, definitely go with that.

(And if we were going with rep, I would say I personally viewed Manchester as better than Glasgow just in general anyway, though I should preface that by saying I don't know either university that well )
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