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Hello, I have offers for MSc in Bioinformatics for Manchester, Cranfield, Bristol and Liecester. Which university would be a better fir for me as an international student?
Original post by meethindocha000
Hello, I have offers for MSc in Bioinformatics for Manchester, Cranfield, Bristol and Liecester. Which university would be a better fir for me as an international student?

Hi there :smile:

First of all, well done for getting so many offers for great courses!
Picking which one is a highly personal choice, so let me just give you as much info on the Cranfield course as I can.

Do you have any specific career goals or interests within bioinformatics?
Looking at the content of each course might show if one option has more or less focus on the area of interest for you.
For the Cranfield Applied Bioinformatics MSc, the module titles and descriptions can be found here:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/applied-bioinformatics

Another thing that is important to many people is how the reputation of the course will affect job prospects.
Cranfield in general puts a lot of emphasis on engaging with industry and keeping it’s courses career-focused.
Both group projects and individual thesis projects have been in collaboration with industry, allowing students to get a better understanding of how that company and their roles are like to work in, and develop connections, before graduating. Students have even had the opportunity to be involved and become authors on published papers during the MSc.
Even in the teaching/lectures part of the course, leading experts from GSK and nexaSTEM actively deliver several lectures and hands-on computational practicals.
The bioinformatics group also frequently collaborates with both other research groups and industry, including GlaxoSmithKline, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Unilever, Sanofi Aventis, Rothamsted Research, The European Bioinformatics Institute, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Athens, Cambridge University and others., maintaining a great reputation in the UK and internationally.
For bioinformatics, previous students have found jobs with The Sanger Institute, The European Bioinformatics Institute, Institut National du Cancer (France), Centro de Investigación Prínciple Felipe (Spain), GlaxoSmithKline, PubGene, Tessella, UCB, the Wellcome Trust, Inpharmatica, Invitrogen, Oxford Gene Technology, Cancer Research, and more.

While I didn’t do an MSc in bioinformatics, I have worked as a teaching assistant on some modules of that course and personally I think it has several big advantages. It covers a lot of different languages, so it’s not restricting you to any particular field or role. It also is focused on the newest techniques and methods, both in the bioinformatics side but also in how the data is collected (e.g. NGS and 3GS). As a researcher in biology I personally find this something very important but also interesting! Who doesn’t want to be at the cutting edge?

There are also factors outside the MSc program.

You can read here about life at Cranfield, things like cost of living, green spaces on campus, accommodation, and others.
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/life-on-campus/life-at-cranfield
For many activities, students often go to Milton Keynes or Bedford, which are both a 20-30 min bus ride or 15 min drive from campus. There they have a huge selection of restaurants and cafés, but I think the best thing are the options you have for entertainment. Some personal favourites are the escape rooms, a cat café, indoor skiing and skydiving, rock climbing, shopping, and many other things.
On campus, we have loads of societies you can join to keep active and meet other people. There is a current list here:
https://mycsa.org.uk/clubs-and-societies/clubs-societies-cranfield-campus/

You mentioned being an international student. Cranfield has a huge number of students from many different countries and continents! It’s a truly international and multicultural space. You can have a look through our current student ambassadors here and see if any are from your area, and chat with them about how they have found mixing in with everyone else:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/ambassador-chat

There are so many factors that can affect your decision, I hope I have covered a few but feel free to drop any questions about Cranfield (either the course, the university, or life here) and I’ll do my best to answer them! Also feel free to check out our Cranfield forum on the Student Room here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=1398

I hope this helps!
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador
Original post by Cranfield University
Hi there :smile:

First of all, well done for getting so many offers for great courses!
Picking which one is a highly personal choice, so let me just give you as much info on the Cranfield course as I can.

Do you have any specific career goals or interests within bioinformatics?
Looking at the content of each course might show if one option has more or less focus on the area of interest for you.
For the Cranfield Applied Bioinformatics MSc, the module titles and descriptions can be found here:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/taught/applied-bioinformatics

Another thing that is important to many people is how the reputation of the course will affect job prospects.
Cranfield in general puts a lot of emphasis on engaging with industry and keeping it’s courses career-focused.
Both group projects and individual thesis projects have been in collaboration with industry, allowing students to get a better understanding of how that company and their roles are like to work in, and develop connections, before graduating. Students have even had the opportunity to be involved and become authors on published papers during the MSc.
Even in the teaching/lectures part of the course, leading experts from GSK and nexaSTEM actively deliver several lectures and hands-on computational practicals.
The bioinformatics group also frequently collaborates with both other research groups and industry, including GlaxoSmithKline, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Unilever, Sanofi Aventis, Rothamsted Research, The European Bioinformatics Institute, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Athens, Cambridge University and others., maintaining a great reputation in the UK and internationally.
For bioinformatics, previous students have found jobs with The Sanger Institute, The European Bioinformatics Institute, Institut National du Cancer (France), Centro de Investigación Prínciple Felipe (Spain), GlaxoSmithKline, PubGene, Tessella, UCB, the Wellcome Trust, Inpharmatica, Invitrogen, Oxford Gene Technology, Cancer Research, and more.

While I didn’t do an MSc in bioinformatics, I have worked as a teaching assistant on some modules of that course and personally I think it has several big advantages. It covers a lot of different languages, so it’s not restricting you to any particular field or role. It also is focused on the newest techniques and methods, both in the bioinformatics side but also in how the data is collected (e.g. NGS and 3GS). As a researcher in biology I personally find this something very important but also interesting! Who doesn’t want to be at the cutting edge?

There are also factors outside the MSc program.

You can read here about life at Cranfield, things like cost of living, green spaces on campus, accommodation, and others.
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/life-on-campus/life-at-cranfield
For many activities, students often go to Milton Keynes or Bedford, which are both a 20-30 min bus ride or 15 min drive from campus. There they have a huge selection of restaurants and cafés, but I think the best thing are the options you have for entertainment. Some personal favourites are the escape rooms, a cat café, indoor skiing and skydiving, rock climbing, shopping, and many other things.
On campus, we have loads of societies you can join to keep active and meet other people. There is a current list here:
https://mycsa.org.uk/clubs-and-societies/clubs-societies-cranfield-campus/

You mentioned being an international student. Cranfield has a huge number of students from many different countries and continents! It’s a truly international and multicultural space. You can have a look through our current student ambassadors here and see if any are from your area, and chat with them about how they have found mixing in with everyone else:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/ambassador-chat

There are so many factors that can affect your decision, I hope I have covered a few but feel free to drop any questions about Cranfield (either the course, the university, or life here) and I’ll do my best to answer them! Also feel free to check out our Cranfield forum on the Student Room here:
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=1398

I hope this helps!
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador


I want to know if I can find a part time job to support myself for rent and food while studying at the university. Since cranfield is sort of located in a secluded area. And can I find a rented apartment around the university?
Original post by meethindocha000
I want to know if I can find a part time job to support myself for rent and food while studying at the university. Since cranfield is sort of located in a secluded area. And can I find a rented apartment around the university?

A part time job is something many students do to help save, and there are several kinds of jobs you could apply for based on your own skills and preferences.

I frequently see jobs advertised in nearby towns (Milton Keynes, Bedford, and nearby villages) for things like restaurant staff, delivery drivers, and people to work in shops. A really popular one is Tesco in Kingston, which is only about 20 mins away by bus. They tend to advertise jobs regularly, but will usually accept an application at any time.
If you can drive, delivery drivers are always wanted!

On campus, there are also several places to apply. There is the CSA bar/cafe, also the CSA shop, and there is also a co-cop that includes a post office.
In the village (which is walking distance from campus) there are also restaurants/takeaways, bars, and shops.

Another option is looking for jobs you could do online. Many people find tutoring opportunities for things like A-level or GCSE subjects.
Cranfield also usually recruits student ambassadors, like me! While this job can vary a lot in what we do, it's campus and online-based so whether you're working at an open day or chatting to prospective students online, you should be able to fit it around your classes and it will be local to Cranfield.

For accommodation, you can choose between on campus or off campus.
On campus, there's many options for different sized rooms, whether you want a private bathroom, or a studio apartment. There's a lot more details on pricing and sizes etc. here:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/life-on-campus/life-at-cranfield/accommodation

You can also look off-campus, with either Cranfield Village, Milton Keynes, Bedford, or other villages nearby. Studentpad is the most common site:
https://www.cranfieldstudentpad.co.uk/Accommodation
You can travel between them either by car or bus, if you want to look at the bus routes the details are here:
https://www.unobus.info/services/?region=Cranfield

If you have any other questions, please ask away! I'll do my best to answer :smile:
I hope this helps!
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador
Original post by Cranfield University
A part time job is something many students do to help save, and there are several kinds of jobs you could apply for based on your own skills and preferences.

I frequently see jobs advertised in nearby towns (Milton Keynes, Bedford, and nearby villages) for things like restaurant staff, delivery drivers, and people to work in shops. A really popular one is Tesco in Kingston, which is only about 20 mins away by bus. They tend to advertise jobs regularly, but will usually accept an application at any time.
If you can drive, delivery drivers are always wanted!

On campus, there are also several places to apply. There is the CSA bar/cafe, also the CSA shop, and there is also a co-cop that includes a post office.
In the village (which is walking distance from campus) there are also restaurants/takeaways, bars, and shops.

Another option is looking for jobs you could do online. Many people find tutoring opportunities for things like A-level or GCSE subjects.
Cranfield also usually recruits student ambassadors, like me! While this job can vary a lot in what we do, it's campus and online-based so whether you're working at an open day or chatting to prospective students online, you should be able to fit it around your classes and it will be local to Cranfield.

For accommodation, you can choose between on campus or off campus.
On campus, there's many options for different sized rooms, whether you want a private bathroom, or a studio apartment. There's a lot more details on pricing and sizes etc. here:
https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/study/life-on-campus/life-at-cranfield/accommodation

You can also look off-campus, with either Cranfield Village, Milton Keynes, Bedford, or other villages nearby. Studentpad is the most common site:
https://www.cranfieldstudentpad.co.uk/Accommodation
You can travel between them either by car or bus, if you want to look at the bus routes the details are here:
https://www.unobus.info/services/?region=Cranfield

If you have any other questions, please ask away! I'll do my best to answer :smile:
I hope this helps!
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador


Thank you for you replies!
Original post by meethindocha000
Thank you for you replies!

So glad I could help!
And good luck with your decisions and the admissions process :smile:
Ciara
2nd year Agrifood PhD student
Cranfield Student Ambassador

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