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Aston CS vs MMU ai+data science
I am currently looking forward to pursue a data scientist career. Which should i choose considering all the aspects including:
- rank
- campus
- location
- employment opportunites
- student exp (nightouts, campus life, city life, accomodation)
Reply 1
Original post by naywinhlaing522
Aston CS vs MMU ai+data science
I am currently looking forward to pursue a data scientist career. Which should i choose considering all the aspects including:
- rank
- campus
- location
- employment opportunites
- student exp (nightouts, campus life, city life, accomodation)

So firstly, any data science employer who interviews you won't know what the university rankings are so it is pointless going after that. Additionally, employment opportunities are a product of the individual, not the institution. A degree doesn't get a job. A well written CV / application and a positive and focused interview gets you a job so rather than look at the university as being the enabling factor.

For me, things to consider would be, what skills and knowledge do you need to be a data scientist? Which course offers those skills? Could you ask to get a week's or even a day or two days work experience at a data science company to find out what they are after in helping choose which course?

I went to Aston years ago but did a PGCE at MMU and next year will be doing a masters at MMU. But I live in the Greater Manchester area so that is my justification. Both are good universities with good facilities and teaching so if there is nothing between the courses it comes down to the question of whether you want to live in the heart of Birmingham or the heart of Manchester. There is not much to choose between the two.

Good luck!
Original post by hotpud
So firstly, any data science employer who interviews you won't know what the university rankings are so it is pointless going after that. Additionally, employment opportunities are a product of the individual, not the institution. A degree doesn't get a job. A well written CV / application and a positive and focused interview gets you a job so rather than look at the university as being the enabling factor.
For me, things to consider would be, what skills and knowledge do you need to be a data scientist? Which course offers those skills? Could you ask to get a week's or even a day or two days work experience at a data science company to find out what they are after in helping choose which course?
I went to Aston years ago but did a PGCE at MMU and next year will be doing a masters at MMU. But I live in the Greater Manchester area so that is my justification. Both are good universities with good facilities and teaching so if there is nothing between the courses it comes down to the question of whether you want to live in the heart of Birmingham or the heart of Manchester. There is not much to choose between the two.
Good luck!

Thank you so much for your insightful comment!

Course-wise: I like Aston's CS program cuz it has a lot of modules for data science. Although MMU course is data science specialized, i feel like its curriculum is weak. U can also check the modules in below links as well.
Aston - https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/computer-science-bsc/september-2024
MMU - https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/bsc-ai-and-data-science

It seems like Aston is the better option, but the thing is when i emailed their student advisors about anything like the syllabus, when the interview would be, etc, all of them say the same thing not just once, or twice to ask my agent, which doesnt make sense, cuz why would they know about the syllabus or the interview. That really upset me and i am skeptical about accepting the offer, thinking what if it is the kind of student service they provide there.

I think both campuses and cities are great from what I can see. I am not sure tho.

Thanks in advance for your helpful reply!
Reply 3
Original post by naywinhlaing522
Thank you so much for your insightful comment!
Course-wise: I like Aston's CS program cuz it has a lot of modules for data science. Although MMU course is data science specialized, i feel like its curriculum is weak. U can also check the modules in below links as well.
Aston - https://www.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/computer-science-bsc/september-2024
MMU - https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/bsc-ai-and-data-science
It seems like Aston is the better option, but the thing is when i emailed their student advisors about anything like the syllabus, when the interview would be, etc, all of them say the same thing not just once, or twice to ask my agent, which doesnt make sense, cuz why would they know about the syllabus or the interview. That really upset me and i am skeptical about accepting the offer, thinking what if it is the kind of student service they provide there.
I think both campuses and cities are great from what I can see. I am not sure tho.
Thanks in advance for your helpful reply!

Give Aston a ring and speak to a person. Often student ambassadors who do the online replies might not be doing the course or may not know the answer to your questions. You might not be interviewed. Many don't. But do make sure you visit each on an open day before you commit.
Original post by hotpud
Give Aston a ring and speak to a person. Often student ambassadors who do the online replies might not be doing the course or may not know the answer to your questions. You might not be interviewed. Many don't. But do make sure you visit each on an open day before you commit.

Thanks, but i cannot call or visit an open day because i am from abroad. An interview is actually part of the offer. And, those student advisors really do not reply considerately because they don't know how to answer my questions. They just tell me to ask my agent whatever the question is. If they were considerate, the least they could do is to give an email for the enquiry, but nah.
Reply 5
Original post by naywinhlaing522
Thanks, but i cannot call or visit an open day because i am from abroad. An interview is actually part of the offer. And, those student advisors really do not reply considerately because they don't know how to answer my questions. They just tell me to ask my agent whatever the question is. If they were considerate, the least they could do is to give an email for the enquiry, but nah.

That's a shame. Perhaps that isn't the solution to your questions. Why not email university official addresses?

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