Come this September, I will start pursuing a MSc in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh. I eventually want to do a PhD in Natural Language Processing from a top-tier college. The Msc is a one year course. At the time of submitting my applications, my first semester results will not be out. And my undergrade grades are not great enough to get me through. I am quite anxious about losing a year, though Will doing well in my Masters, publishing some papers, striking a good rapport with my professors and getting a first in my Dissertation improve my changes drastically for Fall 2020? I'm also scared that the competition will only be getting more tough.