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Hey there! I'm a prospective international student wanting to pursue an MSc degree in Data Science. I've received offers for the same from the following universities:-

* Cardiff University
* University of Sussex
* University of Hull

Besides the course modules(for which, Sussex is my preference right now), would like to hear about the community's opinion on the above choices of uni for categories like employability in the field, city life, the student experience, campus, etc. I'd also like to learn if a degree from a Russell group uni(Cardiff uni in this case) boosts employability options or it is purely down to one's skills. Another criterion to keep in mind is that I'll be taking a loan to fund my education, and in terms of cost, Hull is the best option followed by Sussex. The difference in fees is quite big in between the three so it'd good to get your opinions on this too
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Hi Souradeep Ghosh

Congratulations on your three offers. I don't much about the other two Universities, but I have been at Hull for over three years now. As you say, Hull is one of the cheapest places to live as a student in the UK, which is obviously an important factor when deciding. When I was considering where to study, I came to an Open Day here and I felt immediately at home, everyone was very friendly and I liked the fact that everything was on the campus, including the accommodation, it is also near the centre of town which is fairly unusual for a self contained campus. As you say you have studied the course modules, so it seems you are doing all the right things and as you are finding out, balancing out the different options is difficult. If you haven't done so already I would watch the three Universities' Open Day videos https://virtualtour.hull.ac.uk/

Best of luck

Chris
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Hi Souradeep Ghosh

Congratulations on your three offers. I don't much about the other two Universities, but I have been at Hull for over three years now. As you say, Hull is one of the cheapest places to live as a student in the UK, which is obviously an important factor when deciding. When I was considering where to study, I came to an Open Day here and I felt immediately at home, everyone was very friendly and I liked the fact that everything was on the campus, including the accommodation, it is also near the centre of town which is fairly unusual for a self contained campus. As you say you have studied the course modules, so it seems you are doing all the right things and as you are finding out, balancing out the different options is difficult. If you haven't done so already I would watch the three Universities' Open Day videos https://virtualtour.hull.ac.uk/

Best of luck

Chris
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Thanks for the response. I'll definitely be checking out the campuses through the virtual tour and get a feel for them. It is indeed hard to compete against Hull if cost is a major factor. A word on the employability options after the degree within the city?
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Hi Souradeep Ghosh,

I would imagine there would be opportunities within the region, certainly you would have a placement locally as part of the course , but I would drop our careers team an email, [email protected] , they would be able to provide far more information than I can, especially in a field I know so little about. You might also be interested in chatting with Tom, on our Ask a Student page, as he is doing a Masters in Computer Science and may well have some insights you may find useful https://www.hull.ac.uk/study/ask-a-student .

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Chris
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(Original post by Souradeep Ghosh)
Hey there! I'm a prospective international student wanting to pursue an MSc degree in Data Science. I've received offers for the same from the following universities:-

* Cardiff University
* University of Sussex
* University of Hull

Besides the course modules(for which, Sussex is my preference right now), would like to hear about the community's opinion on the above choices of uni for categories like employability in the field, city life, the student experience, campus, etc. I'd also like to learn if a degree from a Russell group uni(Cardiff uni in this case) boosts employability options or it is purely down to one's skills. Another criterion to keep in mind is that I'll be taking a loan to fund my education, and in terms of cost, Hull is the best option followed by Sussex. The difference in fees is quite big in between the three so it'd good to get your opinions on this too
Hey Souradeep Ghosh,

Congratulations on receiving your offer from Sussex for a masters degree!

I'm a current third-year student studying Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Sussex, so I can give you more insight into the university and what the School of Engineering and Informatics is like, along with the facilities offered at Sussex. For more information about the MSc Data Science course offered at Sussex, please visit here.

I would say when it comes to choosing which university, it is worth having a look closely at what the modules look like, and considering their forms of assessment and the course content. In terms of employment, you will benefit from our links with industry, which are as diverse as American Express, Demos (the think-tank) and the V&A Museum. Leading companies such as Creative Assembly, IBM, Microsoft and Thales have visited recently to talk to our students. Postgraduate Masters students at Sussex are offered a range of support with their career development including workshops, events and consultations held throughout the year.

For facilities, you will have 24/7 access to professional workstation-grade PCs and dedicated computer labs. For specialised modules and projects, you will have access to dedicated TV studios, an HD video editing suite, robotics hardware, and wearable and haptic interface devices. Each of the research groups in Informatics has one or more specialist labs. These contain facilities including machine tools for robot construction, motion capture equipment (sensor suits and 3D video technology), eye-tracking equipment, a multi-viewpoint observation area with synchronised video streams, and networked ubiquitous electronic devices. These are all supported by a helpdesk and team of technical staff. For more information visit Department of Informatics - Facilities.

I've found the staff and lecturers at the School of Engineering and Informatics to be friendly and helpful, and I've definitely gained benefit from having access to computer labs and the equipment and software offered in the labs. I loved being on campus as it had a lot of green spaces, and it was very nice being able to walk to the South Downs National Park and have a stroll around during my free time. Also, having easy access to Brighton (less than 10 mins away via train from campus) and the city centre was definitely a bonus for me, as I could go to the beach and relax or go to the city centre whenever I wanted and see what was happening in town. Brighton is a vibrant city with loads of places to explore, with a number of live venues and independent shops.

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any more questions!

Kind regards,
Erica (Third Year BSc Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence)
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