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MSc Cybersecurity: Lancaster vs Exeter vs Royal Holloway

Hello,
I’m an international student from India

I currently have offers from Lancaster University, University of Exeter and Royal Holloway for MSc Cybersecurity.

I know Royal Holloway is very close to London and it has its conveniences but i heard Egham is a very quiet and rather boring place. Is this true? It is also lower ranked so this was my back up.

Exeter is a Russel Group university , but it is lower ranked than Lancaster in general and for Cybersecurity. However I’ve heard the campus is beautiful.

Lancaster is far away from London, but the highest ranked out of the three. It is very good for Cybersecurity which is why i picked it. Not sure about life at Lancaster.

I have Lancaster as my first pick with Exeter being second and Royal Holloway last. Would you rather pick Exeter or Royal Holloway instead of Lancaster? If so, why?
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What option did you end up going with?
Original post by jeremyjoseph17
Hello,
I’m an international student from India

I currently have offers from Lancaster University, University of Exeter and Royal Holloway for MSc Cybersecurity.

I know Royal Holloway is very close to London and it has its conveniences but i heard Egham is a very quiet and rather boring place. Is this true? It is also lower ranked so this was my back up.

Exeter is a Russel Group university , but it is lower ranked than Lancaster in general and for Cybersecurity. However I’ve heard the campus is beautiful.

Lancaster is far away from London, but the highest ranked out of the three. It is very good for Cybersecurity which is why i picked it. Not sure about life at Lancaster.

I have Lancaster as my first pick with Exeter being second and Royal Holloway last. Would you rather pick Exeter or Royal Holloway instead of Lancaster? If so, why?

Hi there,
Congrats on your offer to study at Lancaster. If you did end up going with your top choice I hope you love it.
Since you already have an idea of the rankings for all the universities I think the best thing would be go give you some insight on the campus and general life at the uni.
For one, postgraduates have their college on campus, basically where most postgraduates would live if they didn't live off campus. Owing to that there is a large focus on events that postgraduates would enjoy and benefit from held by the college. There are also a large number of international students in graduate college and it would give you a good sense of community and home.

I would say that the Lancaster University campus is very beautiful and it was a major factor in why I chose to go to Lancaster. In terms of student life, there are a lot of events hosted on campus during term time and also socials that are held off-campus in the town that students from all grade levels are free to attend. The nightlife in Lancaster itself may not be the most lively, but something I found makes up for that is its proximity to a lot of different cities, where you could easily hop on a bus or train for more vibrancy if needed, while still having a nice calm study environment.

I hope this helped a little, albeit being a bit late.

Goodluck with your uni experience.

Best wishes,
Lancaster University Student Ambassador.
Glory.
Glory.
Original post by johny4
What option did you end up going with?

Hi there,

Congratulations on your offer to study at Royal Holloway! If you have decided to join us, we're more than happy to give you some further insight about our campus and postgraduate life!

Our campus is more than just a place of study! It's a place to be creative, make new friends, relax and try new things. The Students’ Union stages events for students to socialise. The main function space, the Students' Union Main Hall, hosts at least two events per week! There are clubs and societies for everyone, and a thriving scene whatever you fancy doing, on and off campus. Find out more here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/student-life/our-campus/explore-the-campus/

Our vibrant Egham campus has a mixture of classic and modern buildings, with lots of beautiful green spaces to explore! We're only 40 minutes away from central London, giving you access to the opportunities of city life. Visit our campus and get a real feel for student life at one of our Open Days before you start your studies with us. You can find out more information on this page: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/student-life/visit-royal-holloway/open-days/

We have a fantastic range of accommodation to suit a range of preferences and budgets. There are lots of options for you, both on and off campus so you can find a place that’s ideal for every stage of your studies here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/student-life/accommodation/

Our students know us better than anyone and can tell you all about life at Royal Holloway, from what the courses are like, to accommodation options and what’s available on campus! Chat to a current student here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/chat/

Best wishes,
Royal Holloway, University of London Rep

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