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Hello everyone!I have offers from multiple unis, and I want to know which one would be the one to go with. Lancaster University- MSc Business Analyticsand MSc Digital Business, Innovation and ManagementUniversity of Liverpool- MSc Bus Analytics and Big DataUniversity of Sussex- Management of Information Technology Swansea University- MSc Management (Business Analytics) University of Portsmouth- MSc Data AnalyticsBrunel University London- MSc Business Intelligence and Digital MarketingPlease help me decide!!!
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Hello everyone!I have offers from multiple unis, and I want to know which one would be the one to go with. Lancaster University- MSc Business Analyticsand MSc Digital Business, Innovation and ManagementUniversity of Liverpool- MSc Bus Analytics and Big DataUniversity of Sussex- Management of Information Technology Swansea University- MSc Management (Business Analytics) University of Portsmouth- MSc Data AnalyticsBrunel University London- MSc Business Intelligence and Digital MarketingPlease help me decide!!!
Hi! thebakali

I'm currently studying for my masters in Intelligence and International Criminal Justice. However, I can give you an overall opinion about the uni and what's its like to live in Portsmouth.

At Portsmouth, the academic support team are really helpful. There is a librarian and support staff for each subject and they too will help you with anything regarding your course and are really good if you are struggling with researching material. Lecturers are enthusiastic about what they teach to help you develop. Most are also currently doing research related to their topic area, which is really useful. I've had a lot of support as well from my personal tutor too not just regarding work but my career path.

The student wellbeing service is helpful and offers a wide range of guidance. Alongside this is the union which offer lots of guidance and experiences while at university.

There are loads of societies to choose from and they accept people from beginners too. The societies are all really friendly. it would be worth checking out their social media to have a see what they offer. Every Wednesday afternoon is when societies are given time to train, so your timetable does not interfere. Then in the evening is when socials go out for Purple Wednesday, where everyone dresses up etc. Each society will choose a different theme that they will dress as e.g. zoo animals, cops and robbers, Hawaiian, aliens, dynamic duos etc.

Most clubs and bars are a 5-minute walk from university halls, so there is no worry in your first year about getting there and back. The train station, supermarkets, shops and Gunwharf Quays are all within a 10-minute walk from the halls. There are also lots of independent shops and bars etc along Albert Road in Southsea where a lot of students live after they have been in halls. The University bus runs every 20 minutes and is close to most student houses. A lot of shops, bars and clubs offer a student discount and I would say drinks and stuff are pretty cheap, especially on student night where drinks can be £1.

I would suggest looking at the university and union social media to get a feel for the university. Even if you get the chance to visit for the day, as there's plenty to visit and see in Portsmouth.

If you have any further questions please feel free to ask.


I hope this helps!
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Hello everyone!I have offers from multiple unis, and I want to know which one would be the one to go with. Lancaster University- MSc Business Analyticsand MSc Digital Business, Innovation and ManagementUniversity of Liverpool- MSc Bus Analytics and Big DataUniversity of Sussex- Management of Information Technology Swansea University- MSc Management (Business Analytics) University of Portsmouth- MSc Data AnalyticsBrunel University London- MSc Business Intelligence and Digital MarketingPlease help me decide!!!
Hi thebakali

Congratulations on all your offers! It can be a daunting choice to decide between so many different unis, so these things to consider might be useful for you when making your decision.

Firstly, the location is important. The Universities you have offers from are scattered across the country. Would it be important for you to stay near where you currently live, or would you be happy moving further away? Would you prefer the north or the south? If you haven't visited the universities on Open Days I would highly recommend it, as you can get a good feel for the campus and location you will be studying in. Usually you will get a gut reaction which one would fit you best. You can also see the facilities on offer and chat to lecturers.

Following on from that, seeing who will be teaching you is a really important factor in making your choice. If you can visit the universities, you can speak to your lecturers, from there you can see how enthusiastic they are, what support they have in place for the MSc, and how you will be learning. These are all significant things to consider to make sure you are the happiest you can be in your choice and so you get the most out of your experience.

Thirdly, what are the differences in the courses? Does one have a module that looks really interesting that the others don't? Or alternatively, is there a module you think doesn't interest you on one particular course? Will one help you with your career goals more than the others? If not, that's fine, you can still make a decision based off the previous two points.

Maybe making a pros and cons list addressing the questions above for each of the universities might help you differentiate between them. Hopefully writing it out and reflecting on the pros and cons a natural favourite will appear and you'll have your answer!

I hope this helps. Best of luck with your choice!

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