bobn wrote:1 year MSc. do have disadvantages. Like you said, you can work with a Prof. for 3 months hardly before starting applications. So, it would be very hard esp. if you wish to continue in UK for Ph.D. (some where other than War), it might be hard to get funding if you are not from EU.
But there is an advantage, if you do extremely well, like all A's in say 4 grad level courses (atleast one of them should be very hard). Then most probably you can continue there for Ph.D. with funding.
Otherwise, if the other option gives you more exposure and time, I would say choose this one. Since you can work for 1.5 years with some potential letter writers. You can take more than 10 grad level courses (instead of 4). But the question here is, are you going to get LOR from reputed enough profs? [ This is more important incase if you want to go to Wisc, Mich, NYU,..]. May be you can look faculty profiles whom they are collaborating with in US.
This reads to me as if one year MSc is only good for staying at the given institution for a PhD.
I am curious why you mentioned Wisconsin, Michigan and NYU for the importance of LORs? I know they are excellent schools, did you mean that top schools especially value LORs?
mathfreak wrote:There are two things which play very important role in PhD admission. First one is your coursework. How many grad level advanced courses did you take and what grades did you get in them?
Second, is recommendation letters. Try to get very good LORs from well-known mathematicians.
Also, I think you should take a look at the past placements of the masters students from Algant and Warwick. That'll also give you good idea.
I took two courses with real analysis. Then there is graph theory, combinatorics, linear algebra and diff equations complete with formal proofs. All As. But I do have catching up to do in algebraic topology as that is my area of interest now.
ALGANT students mostly get PhD positions, but only a few at top US institutions (one at Caltech, U Chicago, UPenn each). http://www.algant.eu/algant_alumni.php
Can't find any similar record online for Warwick MSc.
Thanks for all the great input guys! Really helpfull.