Hello, my name is Valery Putnin. In a previous article, I described my experience of successfully applying to two American universities. In this I will tell you how I got into the University of York for a master’s degree in computer science.
In short, I can say that it was easier to enter there than at the Russian State Technical University, where I received a bachelor’s degree.
A little about the university:
The university is located in the north of England in the city of York.
Included in the groups of universities in Britain Russel Group, N8 Research Group.
The rating is constantly changing. In 2022 it was 151-200, in 2023 already 401-450.
Master’s Degree Requirements University of York
Bachelor’s degree with an apostille.
Translation of diploma and apostille into English.
Resume with work experience.
English proficiency test results. I took IELTS
Letters of recommendation. One letter from one of my managers from previous jobs was enough for me.
A little about UK university rankings
The main rankings of British universities are divided into 2 groups:
Many rankings are based on formulas. Parameters (variables) of such formulas are invented on the basis of the parameters that will be needed in the opinion of the agency.
The formulas, variables in the formulas and data used to compile the rankings can be changed by compilers to control the position of any university in the ranking scale.
Of course, the rating matters when making a decision, but it is not an absolutely objective and key indicator. Because a master’s program is a resource or tool that must meet the needs of the applicant and the market (platform, area) where the graduate will produce new benefits for himself and the public.
Cost of education
The price of education depends on civil status in Britain. Citizens on average pay just over £10k, while non-British citizens pay 2-3 times more.
Many other factors also affect the price, for example, how many applicants there are (clients), the quality of education, rating, the presence of famous graduates or employees, location, etc.
Master’s degree in computer science in England in most universities takes a year. But sometimes it can be stretched for 3 years if you study in absentia (part-time).
Some universities provide the opportunity to complete the entire course of study online. It often costs less than studying on campus.
Graduates of various English universities who have studied on campus say that they spent 80% of their studies at the university online.
Some online programs are different from offline, and some are identical.
My visit to Britain
In the spring of 2023, I visited Britain, in particular England and Wales. Spent a month here. I wanted to see the country with my own eyes and visited the following cities in England: London, Brighton, Bristol, Reading, Manchester, Leeds, York, as well as the capital of Wales, the city of Cardiff.
It was interesting to walk around the cities, go to temples, libraries, pubs, shops, parks, public transport, look at people and their behavior.
Why I turned down an offer from the University of York
I refused for a variety of reasons, here I will describe just a few of them:
I was just interested in going to a British university.
An analysis of the technical positions of graduates on LinkedIn showed that only those who completed their studies at other universities occupy leading positions. For example, some were retrained in other countries, including in Russian universities.
My goal was to get into a university, at least in the top 100 list in computer science.