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Middlesex vs Hertfordshire for computer science

Hi everyone,

I'm currently in a bit of a dilemma and would appreciate some advice. I attended open days at both Middlesex and Hertfordshire universities, and now I'm torn between the two for pursuing a degree in computer science.

At Middlesex, I noticed that the program is 100% coursework with only four units throughout the course. However, the campus felt congested and the environment seemed a bit off. I also discovered that Middlesex lacks BCS accreditation, which concerns me regarding future career opportunities. On the upside, it might be easier to achieve a first-class degree due to the assessment structure.

On the other hand, Hertfordshire offers a more vibrant environment with friendly faces all around. Their computer science program has a mix of coursework and exams, with an average of eight units per year. While this might be more challenging, it seems like a more well-rounded approach to learning.

I'm struggling to weigh the importance of coursework load, assessment methods, campus environment, and accreditation. Can anyone provide insights or personal experiences with either university's computer science program? What factors should I prioritize in making my decision?

Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance.
Hey @Young_amzy

You've raised some great points that are really important to consider!

Just to touch on the environment you mentioned very quickly, I completely agree - I was a Business and Marketing student at Herts from 2020 - 2023 and can say there is definitely a vibrant atmosphere, which is only made greater with the supportive staff and tutors in the University.

Although I didn't study Computer Science, I recognise and appreciate your thoughts. The accreditation we provide in our CS course is really important for our students' careers and having some written exams, though a small fraction, provides a much needed balance.

I'd recommend signing up for Unibuddy and chatting with our Computer Science ambassador - Nuzhat. She will be able to give some insight into the specifics and her experiences as a current CS student 🙂

I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck in your pursuits. We'd love to see you at Herts!


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