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Kings, Imperial or UCL for Computer Science?

They all have the same entry requirements of A*A*A, so which is the best? I'm only really looking to apply to one, maybe two if my predicted grades are high enough and I have a real chance of getting in, although that's unlikely.

Of course, each is going to have it's strengths and weaknesses, but which would you consider to be overall the best?

I'll also apply to QMUL I think, as a backup.
Imperial is by far and away the most reputable of the three generally, and is also the one with the lowest offer rate. UCL is popular for it although I think some of this stems from the UCL "brand" in general rather than the CS department specifically; I think there are other, better CS departments in the UK than it elsewhere (e.g. Edinburgh) from what I've heard and read about the course. KCL is quite marginal for CS and mainly remains popular because it's a "London uni".

So really it's Imperial >> UCL >>>> KCL. There are a number of better departments outside of London than UCL and a lot of better departments than KCL imo for CS.
Original post by artful_lounger
Imperial is by far and away the most reputable of the three generally, and is also the one with the lowest offer rate. UCL is popular for it although I think some of this stems from the UCL "brand" in general rather than the CS department specifically; I think there are other, better CS departments in the UK than it elsewhere (e.g. Edinburgh) from what I've heard and read about the course. KCL is quite marginal for CS and mainly remains popular because it's a "London uni".

So really it's Imperial >> UCL >>>> KCL. There are a number of better departments outside of London than UCL and a lot of better departments than KCL imo for CS.

Thanks mate, I think in reality the reason I'd go to any would be for the "London appeal" if I'm being honest.

I'll probably apply for Imperial, and if I don't get in then I'll look elsewhere(Southampton has lower entry requirements and appeals to me a lot).
Original post by AnotherStudent!
Thanks mate, I think in reality the reason I'd go to any would be for the "London appeal" if I'm being honest.

I'll probably apply for Imperial, and if I don't get in then I'll look elsewhere(Southampton has lower entry requirements and appeals to me a lot).

Southampton is very good for CS so a good option otherwise. Of those three you initially mentioned Imperial is the one that's strongest just for the subject itself absent the London element, so seems like a reasonable aspirational choice - it is of course very competitive though, but if you'd be happy with Southampton as a backup that seems like good option.

Edinburgh is also really strong for the subject and their flagship informatics course might be worth looking into (they also offer slightly different variations on it with different titles e.g. CS, software engineering etc - informatics is the "main" degree I gather though). That said I have heard there are issues there with e.g. really long waits for feedback etc (although this isn't in general that uncommon at degree level unless you're doing a very small subject!).
Original post by artful_lounger
Southampton is very good for CS so a good option otherwise. Of those three you initially mentioned Imperial is the one that's strongest just for the subject itself absent the London element, so seems like a reasonable aspirational choice - it is of course very competitive though, but if you'd be happy with Southampton as a backup that seems like good option.

Edinburgh is also really strong for the subject and their flagship informatics course might be worth looking into (they also offer slightly different variations on it with different titles e.g. CS, software engineering etc - informatics is the "main" degree I gather though). That said I have heard there are issues there with e.g. really long waits for feedback etc (although this isn't in general that uncommon at degree level unless you're doing a very small subject!).

Thank you, I agree - I forgot about Edinburgh and it's definitely worth looking into. I think Imperial certainly would be my first choice, although the chances of me getting in are very small. Leeds, and QMUL I'm also thinking of as back-ups but in reality I have my heart set on Imperial or Southampton now haha.
You sound like you know a lot about CS universities so i thought I'd ask you a similar question too :smile:

Which do u believe is better for computer science, Leicester or Loughborough?
Original post by BadBComeToTheNiz
You sound like you know a lot about CS universities so i thought I'd ask you a similar question too :smile:

Which do u believe is better for computer science, Leicester or Loughborough?

L'boro probably, they're pretty well regarded for their STEM subjects generally.
Original post by BadBComeToTheNiz
You sound like you know a lot about CS universities so i thought I'd ask you a similar question too :smile:

Which do u believe is better for computer science, Leicester or Loughborough?

Honestly I don't know that much haha, but I had looked at Leicester previously and thought it looked good mate. I would definitely try asking some other people and having a look around for yourself.

Leicester also offer specific courses(Such as software engineering) which might be of interest too. If I end up going to Southampton I'd likely go for Software Engineering :smile:
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Original post by AnotherStudent!
Honestly I don't know that much haha, but I had looked at Leicester previously and thought it looked good mate. I would definitely try asking some other people and having a look around for yourself.

Leicester also offer specific courses(Such as software engineering) which might be of interest too. If I end up going to Southampton I'd likely go for Software Engineering :smile:

Soton CS student, feel free to ask any questions. But, just so you know Software Engineering course is incredibly similar to CS.
Original post by Evitov
Soton CS student, feel free to ask any questions. But, just so you know Software Engineering course is incredibly similar to CS.

Ah, that's fair. Would probably still do it because it's a little more specialised but I don't mind it being too similar really, if I were to go elsewhere I'd probably just do CS anyway.

How do you like it? When reading about it, it always seems great for CS and my HoSF is always raving about how good Southampton is too.
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Original post by AnotherStudent!
Ah, that's fair. Would probably still do it because it's a little more specialised but I don't mind it being too similar really, if I were to go elsewhere I'd probably just do CS anyway.

How do you like it? When reading about it, it always seems great for CS and my HoSF is always raving about how good Southampton is too.

Your HoSF? ECS is honestly an amazing department with great facilities. But, you need to make sure that you don't mind being in big classes for example. As I'm sure is the case with most universities the course is heavily oversubscribed. It's very specifically good in Engineering and CS imho.

Got an incredibly strong society as well, but again I'm coming from the perspective of not having been to other universities for the same course.
Original post by Evitov
Your HoSF? ECS is honestly an amazing department with great facilities. But, you need to make sure that you don't mind being in big classes for example. As I'm sure is the case with most universities the course is heavily oversubscribed. It's very specifically good in Engineering and CS imho.

Got an incredibly strong society as well, but again I'm coming from the perspective of not having been to other universities for the same course.

Thanks mate, I've read a lot of this kind of stuff but was never sure of how true it was tbh. Wouldn't particularly mind the big class sizes either tbh, so I don't think that'd be a problem.

Just one more question, did you have to do an interview before getting an offer?
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Original post by AnotherStudent!
Thanks mate, I've read a lot of this kind of stuff but was never sure of how true it was tbh. Wouldn't particularly mind the big class sizes either tbh, so I don't think that'd be a problem.

Just one more question, did you have to do an interview before getting an offer?

My case is slightly different as I did adjustment, basically had offers from Manc, Warwick, York and Newcastle. And accepted Newcastle as they gave an unconditional.

But from what I hear from my friends there's a visit day, this means that there is a sorta fake interview. Similar to what I had with Manchester. However, this might have changed more recently.
Original post by Evitov
My case is slightly different as I did adjustment, basically had offers from Manc, Warwick, York and Newcastle. And accepted Newcastle as they gave an unconditional.

But from what I hear from my friends there's a visit day, this means that there is a sorta fake interview. Similar to what I had with Manchester. However, this might have changed more recently.

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks a lot for your help mate :smile:
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Original post by AnotherStudent!
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks a lot for your help mate :smile:

Warwick didn't interview at all if you're worried about that. Just as an opinion KCL is not worth A*A*A in comp sci. It was literally AAB when I applied, I think shortly after they increased to AAA, but honestly, they inflated their grades without much of a reason apart from general grade inflation.
Original post by Evitov
Warwick didn't interview at all if you're worried about that. Just as an opinion KCL is not worth A*A*A in comp sci. It was literally AAB when I applied, I think shortly after they increased to AAA, but honestly, they inflated their grades without much of a reason apart from general grade inflation.

Yeah honestly I thought that, I've read everywhere that Kings is nowhere near Imperial etc. and is more popular for the "London Appeal". I'm probably gonna look into UCL more and see how they are for Comp Sci but honestly I feel I'll probably just end up with Imperial as my aspirational, top choice and Southampton as a more realistic choice, with Leeds, Bristol, St Andrews etc. somewhere in there too.
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Original post by AnotherStudent!
Yeah honestly I thought that, I've read everywhere that Kings is nowhere near Imperial etc. and is more popular for the "London Appeal". I'm probably gonna look into UCL more and see how they are for Comp Sci but honestly I feel I'll probably just end up with Imperial as my aspirational, top choice and Southampton as a more realistic choice, with Leeds, Bristol, St Andrews etc. somewhere in there too.

Imperial might require STEP still which requires a lot of effort in of itself. So something you might want to look into?
Original post by Evitov
Imperial might require STEP still which requires a lot of effort in of itself. So something you might want to look into?

Yeah, I didn't even realise that tbh. I'll look into it but if it does I'll probably just leave it honestly,. Thanks for the heads up.
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Original post by AnotherStudent!
Yeah, I didn't even realise that tbh. I'll look into it but if it does I'll probably just leave it honestly,. Thanks for the heads up.

Not to say you shouldn't apply, but if you're comparing on the A*A*A basis then yeah it's something to consider. In terms of prestige I would say that this is a fairly accurate representation => TSR User Created Tier List
If you're wondering about the bank thing Southampton is sorta a feeder uni to JPMorgan & Chase for example. https://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/careers/laureate-companies

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