I am 37 and thinking about applying for admission to Applied Mathematics MSc programmes at Russell Group universities next year.
My previous degrees are in Electrical Engineering - a BSc completed at a foreign university with a CGPA of 2.9/4 - and an MSc in Computer Science, that I completed at a non-Russell group university in the UK, in 2011, albeit with an overall distinction as well as an A grade (84%) in dissertation.
I am presently working as a software engineer but would like to work in the finance sector in a role, where a strong background in Mathematics is a mandatory requirement in addition to a strong computer science background. I wish I could consider this career change sooner, but my circumstances at the time left me with very limited options.
Most universities here start accepting applications in May, so I have about 8 months to prepare my application. Considering that I don't have a maths background and my undergraduate record wasn't stellar either - owing mainly to some very difficult life circumstances in a different country. So what can I do to enhance my chances of getting accepted at a top-tier university such as Imperial College or UCL?
At 38 I am late to even contemplate a career change. But I think once I cross 40 it would become almost impossible.