UCL vs Imperial vs St Andrews applied maths masters

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I have offers to do applied maths/mathematical modelling MSc courses at these three universities but I really cannot decide. Can anyone with any experience at any of these universities and their maths departments tell me what their experience was like (how good teaching is, how good pastoral support is, how good job/PhD prospects are)?

Obviously Imperial is the highest ranked and is more renowned for maths. Mathematically it is the most advanced course, but I’m worried I will not get enough support from the university to help me prepare for applying for jobs/PhDs? I would also have to self-teach a programming language before starting one of the modules.

The UCL course has some interesting modules but it doesn’t look like there is enough computer programming and coursework for my liking. I’ve also heard that the maths department are not very supportive at UCL as well?

The modules on the St Andrews course really appeal and look interesting (especially their math bio modules), but it is the lowest ranked university and isn’t a Russell group. So I’m worried that this will have a negative impact on job opportunities/PhD places. I don’t know much about their maths department and their support etc?
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I have offers to do applied maths/mathematical modelling MSc courses at these three universities but I really cannot decide. Can anyone with any experience at any of these universities and their maths departments tell me what their experience was like (how good teaching is, how good pastoral support is, how good job/PhD prospects are)?

Obviously Imperial is the highest ranked and is more renowned for maths. Mathematically it is the most advanced course, but I’m worried I will not get enough support from the university to help me prepare for applying for jobs/PhDs? I would also have to self-teach a programming language before starting one of the modules.

The UCL course has some interesting modules but it doesn’t look like there is enough computer programming and coursework for my liking. I’ve also heard that the maths department are not very supportive at UCL as well?

The modules on the St Andrews course really appeal and look interesting (especially their math bio modules), but it is the lowest ranked university and isn’t a Russell group. So I’m worried that this will have a negative impact on job opportunities/PhD places. I don’t know much about their maths department and their support etc?
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Thank you, do you have any experience of the uni? Or do you just think ranking is more important to get a job/PhD than following interests etc?
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I have offers to do applied maths/mathematical modelling MSc courses at these three universities but I really cannot decide. Can anyone with any experience at any of these universities and their maths departments tell me what their experience was like (how good teaching is, how good pastoral support is, how good job/PhD prospects are)?

Obviously Imperial is the highest ranked and is more renowned for maths. Mathematically it is the most advanced course, but I’m worried I will not get enough support from the university to help me prepare for applying for jobs/PhDs? I would also have to self-teach a programming language before starting one of the modules.

The UCL course has some interesting modules but it doesn’t look like there is enough computer programming and coursework for my liking. I’ve also heard that the maths department are not very supportive at UCL as well?

The modules on the St Andrews course really appeal and look interesting (especially their math bio modules), but it is the lowest ranked university and isn’t a Russell group. So I’m worried that this will have a negative impact on job opportunities/PhD places. I don’t know much about their maths department and their support etc?
Can you share what you know about the Mathematical Modelling program at UCL? I am planning to apply to the same program.
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Generally Imperial >> UCL >>> St Andrews. Imperial is the strongest of the three departments by a longshot (both within and outside of applied and applicable mathematics), and has the strongest research presence in terms of potential projects/future PhD plans. St Andrews is the weakest in terms of research, and honestly I didn't even know it had a maths masters programme. UCL is not as strong as Imperial but fairly good and has specialisms in mathematical modelling research that cut across various departments.
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