MSc Data Science Uni advice - Which one to choose?

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benevolent sun
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Hello everyone,

I am a 32 years old economics grad, working in a local bank in Turkey as an internal auditor (for about 5 years). Next year (in September 2021) I am going to do a Master’s degree in Data Science/Analytics field in one of the universities located in the UK.

My main motivation to do a postgraduate study in the UK is to try to find a job and settle in the UK afterwards. After doing some research about the data science related programmes offered by the UK universities and checking their QS rankings, I have made quite a few applications to the universities which I considered myself fit regarding their entry requirements. My choices were limited due to my social sciences background. Most Data Science courses usually require STEM or a related undergrad degree.

Here’s the list of the universities and the names of the programmes that I have got an admission from so far:

Queen Mary UL – Data Analytics
University of Exeter – Applied Data Science and Statistics
University of Essex – Applied Data Science
University of Aberdeen – Data Science
University of Sussex – Human and Social Data Science
University of Sheffield – Data Science
University of Salford – Data Science
Brunel University – Data Science and Analytics
Oxford Brookes University – Data Analytics
Loughborough University – Data Science
University of Manchester – Data Science (Social Analytics) – (haven't got an admission from this yet but I am hopeful for a positive response)

The question which I beg for your opinion is, which one of the universities above would be a wise choice for a guy like me whose main concern is to find a job and settle in the UK afterwards (plus a slight shift in career maybe). At the moment, I am concerned more about the employment opportunities and the reputation of the universities than the content they provide.

London seems to be one step ahead, considering my work experience and the opportunities in the finance market. Cost of living in London is the only downside though. But I feel like it’s a burden that I have to bear if I want to enjoy the job market in London. What do you think?

p.s: Because of my social sciences background, I don’t meet the entry requirements of data science related programs of other top tier UK universities like LSE, UCL, Imperial, King’s College etc.
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Congrats on getting all those offers.
Prestige wise Manchester>QMUL>Others
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Manchester, QMUL or Exeter should all be pretty good
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Thank you. I also feel like the Manchester would be the best choice but haven't got a response from them yet. It has been 6 weeks since I made the application.
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Hello again. Manchester has turned down my application.
So now I am in between QMUL, Exeter and Sheffield.
I really need some help to arrive at a decision.
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(Original post by benevolent sun)
Hello again. Manchester has turned down my application.
So now I am in between QMUL, Exeter and Sheffield.
I really need some help to arrive at a decision.
:confused::confused:
QMUL
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QMUL have a strong machine learning focus so depends on which aspect of data science you want to specialise in. IMO the course at QMUL is head and shoulders above the rest
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