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Hey there, I just completed my Bsc in Economics and I want to go abroad in order to: learn another language, get a stronger degree (my university is not globally recognized as I wish it was) I ended up with several applications and I've been admitted in: Msc in Economics at Heidelberg University Msc in Economics at Koln (Cologne University) Msc in Economics at FAU (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) Msc in Finance at SDU (University of Southern Denmark). I think I'd enjoy the Msc in Finance, but I do understand that nowadays the brand is a thing. Therefore since I liked micro, macro, etc., I am oriented on the German side of the list, especially between Cologne and Heidelberg . Do you guys have any recommendation or experience you want to share? I spoke to a random guy who studied Msc in Economics at Heidelberg and, according to him, it's a super difficult programme which is rarely completed in 4 semesters.
I have been accepted to two Master's programs in Germany. The first one is Computational Science and Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the other one is the Scientific Computing program at Universitat Heidelberg. Both courses have similar pattern in that the first three semesters are reserved for the coursework while the fourth semester is devoted to the Master's thesis. The information I have gathered seems to suggest that TUM's program is better structured and the mandatory modules encompass core areas in computational science. However, I am not quite sure about the mathematical side of things since they only offer courses on Numerical Methods/Analysis. On the other hand, Heidelberg's program is being offered by the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics and according to a professor I talked to, places a great deal of emphasis on mathematics. Again however, it seems that this program is rather wanting when it comes to courses in Computer Science. I am happy with the Application Areas that both universities provide (you have to choose courses from certain application areas such as Physics, Biosciences etc.). Regarding research, TUM offers excellent students a chance to earn an Hons. degree by becoming a part of the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering. The program at Heidelberg is associated with the Interdisciplinary center for Scientific Computing and they say that excellent students would be allowed to join the PhD program (I have been seriously considering a PhD) at the Center after the first year. Given that I want the option to do a PhD while focusing on both core areas in Scientific Computing and research, which program do you think would be a better option? I think that when it comes to employment and international repute TUM seems to be the obvious choice. However, I am willing to neglect that if Heidelberg's program is significantly better. If you know about the programs, can you please comment on whether they offer a diverse range of subjects including ML and Game Theory?