Imperial MSc Machine Learning and Data Science (Online via Coursera)

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Hi all, just wanted to ask in here what people thought of this course that launched at Imperial last year (but was suspended due to COVID).

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/...hine-learning/

They are taking in applications now and I am potentially interested given it is (1) great brand/maths department; (2) part-time (I have a full time job) and (3) content looks quite applied and practical (esp with the intro to programming, which I have zero experience of).

However, it is quit expensive for an online course.

As for me, I don't think I really "need" to do this course as I am on a set career in economic consulting (for the time being anyways). However, this would be more as a move to future proof my credentials and I think I think I would really benefit from it not only in my current job (more so in a few years) but also I think this could open up lots of doors.

Anyone else applying? Anyone have any thoughts? Appreciate all inputs, particularly if you have done or are planning to do similar courses :-)
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I am in a pretty similar boat to you in that I applied more out of a having a genuine interest in DS / ML rather than necessarily wanting to pivot my existing career directly into the space. Being able to take it alongside my existing job is very appealing. I wouldn’t underestimate the number of hours the course will demand of your week though, I reckon I’ll be studying in evenings and both days of the weekend if I get on to the course.

I also agree with you in that I see it as an opportunity to futureproof myself. I would, however, be hesitant to embark upon it on if you would be starting without either an elementary understanding of the underlying maths (linear algebra, calculus) or programming – I think it’d be quite a challenge to get up to speed on both the theoretical (maths) side of DS / ML and the practical (programming) side at the same time.

FYI if you are interested in applying, I would get your application submitted ASAP. With the prior year’s course being deferred due to COVID-19 I’m not sure how many spaces are available for those newly applying this year. Even though it’s online I presume there is a cap on the number of applicants they can take. I applied back in November and haven’t heard anything from Imperial yet despite chasing them a few times with follow-up emails.

You should also look at Bath, who offer a similar online MSc in Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Georgia over in the US, who offer an Online Masters in Science Computer Science (OMSCS) which has DS / ML modules, is more flexible in terms of time to completion, and is significantly cheaper than the two UK options.
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I applied. Waiting for a response too
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(Original post by 1s&0s)
I am in a pretty similar boat to you in that I applied more out of a having a genuine interest in DS / ML rather than necessarily wanting to pivot my existing career directly into the space. Being able to take it alongside my existing job is very appealing. I wouldn’t underestimate the number of hours the course will demand of your week though, I reckon I’ll be studying in evenings and both days of the weekend if I get on to the course.

I also agree with you in that I see it as an opportunity to futureproof myself. I would, however, be hesitant to embark upon it on if you would be starting without either an elementary understanding of the underlying maths (linear algebra, calculus) or programming – I think it’d be quite a challenge to get up to speed on both the theoretical (maths) side of DS / ML and the practical (programming) side at the same time.

FYI if you are interested in applying, I would get your application submitted ASAP. With the prior year’s course being deferred due to COVID-19 I’m not sure how many spaces are available for those newly applying this year. Even though it’s online I presume there is a cap on the number of applicants they can take. I applied back in November and haven’t heard anything from Imperial yet despite chasing them a few times with follow-up emails.

You should also look at Bath, who offer a similar online MSc in Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Georgia over in the US, who offer an Online Masters in Science Computer Science (OMSCS) which has DS / ML modules, is more flexible in terms of time to completion, and is significantly cheaper than the two UK options.
What did they say in their follow-up emails? Have you received an email saying that your application is being reviewed by the department yet?
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What did they say in their follow-up emails? Have you received an email saying that your application is being reviewed by the department yet?
They never responded to my follow-up emails (one sent December, one sent February).

I haven’t received anything from the department at all – the only information I have is that my application is marked as “Completed” on the Imperial Gateway.

I have to say I’m somewhat shocked by the lack of communication. I know last year was tough for institutions having to deal with constant changes due to COVID, but it’s not exactly difficult to send a mass email briefly explaining what the current state of applications is. As a potential paying customer (to the tune of £28k!) I find it fairly atrocious service.
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Anybody else receive an offer? Not sure whether to take it.
I'm trying to decide whether the course is really worth the price.
Slightly worried that the online course will not be as thorough, and the content will not be taught clearly.
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I have also applied for this programme and I am waiting for their decision. I have completed two of their Coursera classes on Mathematics for Machine Learning and I thought both the teaching and content quality were excellent. In my view this will also be the case for this online MSc given Imperial's academic reputation but I also feel that the price is quite high. The alternative options are either a full time MSc (MSc in Computing in Imperial is £18 per year, or other universities) or an online part-time MSc from another university, I have heard the Georgia Tech MSc in Computer Science is very good.
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Hi, Has anyone else got a response from the admissions team yet? It has been 5 weeks since I applied I should be getting an answer soon
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Hi, Has anyone else got a response from the admissions team yet? It has been 5 weeks since I applied I should be getting an answer soon
I applied in February and got the offer in the middle of April, so they might get back to you soon.
I'm about to finish my bachelor's in maths, are you currently an undergrad student or are you applying as a graduate?
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I applied in February and got the offer in the middle of April, so they might get back to you soon.
I'm about to finish my bachelor's in maths, are you currently an undergrad student or are you applying as a graduate?
I wonder if anyone from Imperial is monitoring this thread because I got a response today and it is unfortunately negative. I am a professional with a few years experience. Good luck if you decide to enroll!
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I wonder if anyone from Imperial is monitoring this thread because I got a response today and it is unfortunately negative. I am a professional with a few years experience. Good luck if you decide to enroll!
Sorry to hear that . On the bright side, your wallet will be relieved!

I ended up getting an offer from them in April, so for anyone picking up this thread the next application cycle, that’s a data point of six months between application and offer. At no point over those six months did I get a response to any of my emails, which is disappointing.
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Sorry to hear that . On the bright side, your wallet will be relieved!

I ended up getting an offer from them in April, so for anyone picking up this thread the next application cycle, that’s a data point of six months between application and offer. At no point over those six months did I get a response to any of my emails, which is disappointing.
No worries! I submitted my complete application in the 1st week of April which may have been late given the high demand for this programme. In their feedback they said that despite meeting the criteria they unfortunately had already filled their positions. In any case I may reapply next year so please keep us posted if possible with some feedback on your experience from the course!All the best!
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