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Warwick vs Birmingham (Computer Science)

Hello guys,

I have received offers from both Birmingham (for computer science with a year in industry) and Warwick (for computer science MEng). Both offers are A*AA but if I firm Birmingham, it becomes AAA.

Which one should I pick and please may I have reasons as to why?
warwick is much better for computer science in terms of job prosepcts it is a target school
Reply 2
Original post by sarim_haye123
warwick is much better for computer science in terms of job prosepcts it is a target school

Thank you for the reply! I've seen a lot of people say that for computer science, the university you go to doesn't matter too much but Warwick does have better job prospects overall, looking at the stats.

It also seems like Warwick has better teaching and opportunities but Birmingham has better assessments and a decent bit better student support.
Reply 3
As a current Warwick Computer Science student I'm biased but I would back up Warwick being a more rigorous course and having better job prospects. Absolutely no disrespect to Birmingham, in absolute terms its a very good course, but I think for this particular comparison Warwick do have the edge. Separately, I think its in very poor taste for unis to offer incentives to firm them. Finally, I wouldn't worry too much about statistics, if you can get your hands on previous years' data you'll see they fluctuate so much to be nearly useless.
PS: Do you have any other offers?
Reply 4
Original post by geek_kid
As a current Warwick Computer Science student I'm biased but I would back up Warwick being a more rigorous course and having better job prospects. Absolutely no disrespect to Birmingham, in absolute terms its a very good course, but I think for this particular comparison Warwick do have the edge. Separately, I think its in very poor taste for unis to offer incentives to firm them. Finally, I wouldn't worry too much about statistics, if you can get your hands on previous years' data you'll see they fluctuate so much to be nearly useless.
PS: Do you have any other offers?

Thank you for your reply! I also have an offer from Southampton for MEng Computer Science and its 3 As. I plan to put it as my insurance.
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Reply 5
Original post by Aggle.
Thank you for your reply! I also have an offer from Southampton for MEng Computer Science and its 3 As. I plan to put it as my insurance.

Excellent, I firmed Warwick and insured Southampton
Reply 6
Original post by Aggle.
Hello guys,
I have received offers from both Birmingham (for computer science with a year in industry) and Warwick (for computer science MEng). Both offers are A*AA but if I firm Birmingham, it becomes AAA.
Which one should I pick and please may I have reasons as to why?
Can I ask why you were offered a reduced offer for Birmingham if you made it your firm choice? Is it a contextual offer to do you have amazing predicted grades and GCSEs?
Reply 7
Original post by Tezller
Can I ask why you were offered a reduced offer for Birmingham if you made it your firm choice? Is it a contextual offer to do you have amazing predicted grades and GCSEs?

It was a contextual offer.
Reply 8
Original post by Aggle.
It was a contextual offer.

Thanks so much for clarifying.
Reply 9
People lie so much about Warwick.
Birmingham has the same research quality rating (94%) as Warwick for this subject. Graduate prospects in general and for doing something related to their course are higher at Birmingham for this subject. Source: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

Furthermore, employers will know that some people don't want to study at the 1960s generation of universities anyway.
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Reply 10
Original post by aggle.
Hello guys,
I have received offers from both Birmingham (for computer science with a year in industry) and Warwick (for computer science MEng). Both offers are A*AA but if I firm Birmingham, it becomes AAA.
Which one should I pick and please may I have reasons as to why?

10000000% go to Warwick...Your opportunities will improve a lot more.

Being a CS applicant myself, I understand that your own skills matter more than the piece of paper you are going to receive after graduating but the first initial assessment will be your skills and your education (where you studied etc.).

Warwick will open doors to you more than Birmingham will and employers value Warwick CS far more than Birmingham. I would have applied there but it was between Edinburgh and Warwick for me and I went Edinburgh in the end because I liked the city far more and liked the greater choice with the modules, which are AI oriented so will help in developing skills.
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Original post by vnayak
10000000% go to Warwick...Your opportunities will improve a lot more.
Being a CS applicant myself, I understand that your own skills matter more than the piece of paper you are going to receive after graduating but the first initial assessment will be your skills and your education (where you studied etc.).
Warwick will open doors to you more than Birmingham will and employers value Warwick CS far more than Birmingham. I would have applied there but it was between Edinburgh and Warwick for me and I went Edinburgh in the end because I liked the city far more and liked the AI focus.

Where is your evidence? Warwick is a relatively new university (being less than 60 years old) that only has research intensity of 59% whereas Birmingham has 63%. For all subjects on average, they each have a research quality rating of 86%. For this particular subject, they both have 94%. Regardless of average grades achieved by the average entrant, that is no reflection on the actual staff or on a student who could have got in either and I assure you that employers will often regard them as same category and will understand anyone not wanting to spend 3 or more years at somewhere that looks like a motorway service station.
(edited 4 weeks ago)
Original post by picnicl
People lie so much about Warwick.
Birmingham has the same research quality rating (94%) as Warwick for this subject. Graduate prospects in general and for doing something related to their course are higher at Birmingham for this subject. Source: www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk
Furthermore, employers will know that some people don't want to study at the 1960s generation of universities anyway.

Obsessing over small differences in made up metrics in league tables is a fools game, there's more noise than signal
(edited 4 weeks ago)
Original post by geek_kid
Obsessing over small differences in made up metrics in league tables is a fools game, there's more noise than signal

Then stop pretending that employers genuinely care much about Warwick graduates over others for most subjects.
Reply 14
Original post by Picnicl
Where is your evidence? Warwick is a relatively new university (being less than 60 years old) that only has research intensity of 59% whereas Birmingham has 63%. For all subjects on average, they each have a research quality rating of 86%. For this particular subject, they both have 94%. Regardless of average grades achieved by the average entrant, that is no reflection on the actual staff or on a student who could have got in either and I assure you that employers will often regard them as same category and will understand anyone not wanting to spend 3 or more years at somewhere that looks like a motorway service station.

I have some connections in IT recruitment for some pretty big companies (family friends).

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