Which University should I choose from the list for Masters in data science program?

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I have applied and received offers for some from the below Universities for Masters in Data Science program. I’m bit confused to choose one from the list. Kindly help me to choose one considering work placements, part time job opportunity, cost of living and peaceful environment in mind.

1. University of Sussex
2. University of Liverpool
3. Royal Holloway, University of London
4. University of Stirling
5. Newcastle University
6. Loughborough University
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I have applied and received offers for some from the below Universities for Masters in Data Science program. I’m bit confused to choose one from the list. Kindly help me to choose one considering work placements, part time job opportunity, cost of living and peaceful environment in mind.

1. University of Sussex
2. University of Liverpool
3. Royal Holloway, University of London
4. University of Stirling
5. Newcastle University
6. Loughborough University
That's very good. You are lucky that you have too many options to choose from.
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I have applied and received offers for some from the below Universities for Masters in Data Science program. I’m bit confused to choose one from the list. Kindly help me to choose one considering work placements, part time job opportunity, cost of living and peaceful environment in mind.

1. University of Sussex
2. University of Liverpool
3. Royal Holloway, University of London
4. University of Stirling
5. Newcastle University
6. Loughborough University
Hi Lakshmi94 :hello:

Congratulations on all your offers and for receiving an offer to study MSc Data Science at Loughborough!

There's lots of factors to consider when it comes to making a university decision. Perhaps have a think and weigh up the importance of each to you and what it is you want from a university, to help narrow down your decision These factors could include...

Course - look carefully at the topics and modules you will study on the programme. Would you be happy studying all of them? A degree is a big commitment, so it's important that you will be happy studying the course for its entire duration. You might also consider the course's reputation, facilities and career opportunities post-study.

Student support - take a look at the support services available at the university to ensure they have everything you need to succeed during your studies and beyond. In terms of employability, Loughborough ranked 1st in the UK and in the top 20 globally for employer-student connections in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020, due to the relationships we have developed with all kinds of businesses from across the world. We also have a superb Careers Network team that can help you develop your skills, understand your strengths and explore your career options across a wide range of industries, both in the UK and internationally.

Our services and resources include:
  • one-to-one advice and drop-ins with professional careers consultants
  • workshops on career planning and job hunting
  • guidance and advice from employers and alumni
  • links to thousands of job vacancies and internships
  • specialist support and advice for international students
  • practice job interviews and assessment centres
  • access to information, career planning tools and further resources via our comprehensive website.

Location - Would you prefer a city or a university market town like Loughborough? What are the transport links like if you want to travel? Loughborough is well-connected by road, rail and air, and offers everything you need as a student and more within easy reach, offering a friendly, close-knit community environment.

Being a university market town (and not a city), Loughborough offers a peaceful environment and living costs are highly competitive compared to many major cities. There's also a wide range of part-time jobs available across the University, Students' Union and Loughborough town. The Careers Network and Students' Union both list part-time job vacancies.



Campus - linked to location, what sort of campus would you prefer? At Loughborough, we have a stunning 440-acre single-site campus to call home, with everything you need as a student and more, including green open spaces, landscaped gardens, woodlands, academic buildings, accommodation, sports and leisure facilities, the Students' Union, and a variety of restaurants, shops, bars and cafes.



Accommodation - would you prefer to live on or off campus, and what options are there? At Loughborough, we have three self-catered halls of residence available for postgraduates, either on or a short walk from campus. There's also a wide range of private accommodation available too within easy reach of campus.

Student experience - what extra-curricular activities and opportunities are there for you to get involved with to meet new people and develop your skills? For example, we have lots of opportunities available with the Students' Union, LU Arts and Loughborough Sport.

I hope this helps! You'll find lots more information at our online prospectus, including reasons to study here and student stories. You can also find independent student reviews on StudentCrowd.

All the best!
-Dan
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I have applied and received offers for some from the below Universities for Masters in Data Science program. I’m bit confused to choose one from the list. Kindly help me to choose one considering work placements, part time job opportunity, cost of living and peaceful environment in mind.

1. University of Sussex
2. University of Liverpool
3. Royal Holloway, University of London
4. University of Stirling
5. Newcastle University
6. Loughborough University
Hello Lakshmi94,

Congratulations on your offers!

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.

Facilities: 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 a team of technical staff. For more information visit the Development of Informatics - Facilities.

Teaching: In terms of teaching, 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. From my experience being a Student Representative and joining School meetings, I could see that the lecturers care about their students and are always looking into ways they could improve teaching. I had a fun time being on campus, joining events and meeting new people through different societies. I liked that the university was diverse, and found people I met through the university were outgoing and friendly.

The University of Sussex is incredibly diverse, with students and staff coming from over 100 different countries. We have more than 200 societies and clubs to choose from (Sports, Societies and Media) and the Student Union is always putting on events where you can find like-minded people and try something new. The campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park where you can take walks and relax, and the lively city of Brighton is less than 10 mins away from the campus via a train so it's easily accessible to get into town. There's also a number of independent shops and live venues in town to explore. On-campus, we also have a number of shops, bars and cafes run by the Student Union.

Part-time jobs: For part-time jobs, we have the Careers and Employability Centre. You can see a Careers and Employability Adviser during your course and for up to three years after you graduate. Advisers help you to plan your career, develop your skills and experience and give you advice on how to enter certain sectors and professions.

You can also find part-time jobs through Careerhub (our jobs database) to search for student jobs on campus and in Brighton & Hove. We also advertise seasonal jobs on the database. Our campus is close to Brighton & Hove, meaning there is lots of part-time work available, and you can attend the Part-time Jobs Fair at the start of the autumn term and drop-ins for employers recruiting students for part-time work. For more information, please visit Career support and part-time jobs.

You might find it helpful talking to one of our student ambassadors (Lorenzo who is currently studying Data Science MSc) on the UniBuddy chat platform to learn more about the student experience at the University of Sussex.

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

Kind Regards,
Erica (3rd Year Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Student)
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