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URGENT Lancaster vs Notts vs Hertfordshire vs middlesex university cs

Hi everyone,

I'm currently a first-year student pursuing a BSc in Computer Science at Lancaster University. While Lancaster has been great, my family is relocating, and I'm considering my options for transferring to a university closer to them.

I've narrowed down my choices to Hertfordshire or Middlesex University due to their coursework-focused programs, which I believe would better suit my learning style and increase my chances of achieving a first-class degree. My plan is to then pursue a Master's in AI at institutions like King's College London or Queen Mary University of London to enhance my career prospects.

However, I'm also contemplating transferring to Nottingham University, despite its exam-focused curriculum. I see Nottingham as a prestigious Russell Group university with potentially better career opportunities. My sibling attends Nottingham Trent, so I would have family support there. If I choose Nottingham, I understand I'll be starting in the first year again, but that isn't an issue for me.

My dilemma lies in the balance between coursework and exams. While I prefer coursework, I understand the potential benefits of a university like Nottingham in the long run. However, the cost of living separately and the challenging modules at Nottingham are concerns.

Given my lazy yet hardworking nature, what would you advise? Should I prioritize coursework and proximity to family, or aim for the prestige and potential career prospects offered by Nottingham, despite the challenges it may bring?

Any insights or experiences would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Imho if you’re after doing a masters then you need the highest outcome at your bachelors. Ring KCL admissions and ask would my application with a 2:1 from say Middlesex be at a disadvantage from someone with a 2:1 from notts? If they say no then why not go for the uni that is going to suit your learning style and give you the opportunity to get the best degree ranking. Also look on discoveruni and see the drop out rate for all three course, what’s the teaching TEF ranks for the unis etc. where you’re most happy I would say gives you the best chance to possibly even get a 1st which would no doubt wipe the floor with a 2:1 from Notts. Ps RG unis mean Jack sh*t, Google what they actually are and don’t buy into the name. notts btw is sinking in league tables generally so another thing to think about possibly. Id go with my gut.
I'd check with all the unis that you are shortlisting whether they accept transfers, and more specifically transfers from Lancs for COMPSCI, before I started looking at their pros and cons.
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Original post by Maddie57
Imho if you’re after doing a masters then you need the highest outcome at your bachelors. Ring KCL admissions and ask would my application with a 2:1 from say Middlesex be at a disadvantage from someone with a 2:1 from notts? If they say no then why not go for the uni that is going to suit your learning style and give you the opportunity to get the best degree ranking. Also look on discoveruni and see the drop out rate for all three course, what’s the teaching TEF ranks for the unis etc. where you’re most happy I would say gives you the best chance to possibly even get a 1st which would no doubt wipe the floor with a 2:1 from Notts. Ps RG unis mean Jack sh*t, Google what they actually are and don’t buy into the name. notts btw is sinking in league tables generally so another thing to think about possibly. Id go with my gut.

I appreciate your reply, I already emailed KCL and their likes they give me a double sided answer which was it doesn’t matter where you get your degree from but then went on saying certain universities are more competitive then others as this is a popular and competitive course. I understand that you say RG universities are overrated but my friends have mentioned applying on internships and jobs and they literally say you must of come from a RG uni to be considered and me personally I want a lot of career prospects in top companies within top positions , if you get me but I dislike exams at the same time
Original post by Young_amzy
I appreciate your reply, I already emailed KCL and their likes they give me a double sided answer which was it doesn’t matter where you get your degree from but then went on saying certain universities are more competitive then others as this is a popular and competitive course. I understand that you say RG universities are overrated but my friends have mentioned applying on internships and jobs and they literally say you must of come from a RG uni to be considered and me personally I want a lot of career prospects in top companies within top positions , if you get me but I dislike exams at the same time

Best you start liking exams then. Think you know you need Notts for your needs

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