Re: [ljc] BSc or MSc

From: Michael B.
Sent on: Monday, June 25, 2012 3:18 PM
If you have good idea of the area that you want to get into and that area requires a greater depth of theoretical understanding (e.g. compilers, computer graphics) a post-grad qualification could help.  On the flip side I did a little bit of post-grad and that year was the most interesting of the 4 I spent at university.

If you are just interested in general programming and getting a decent paying job and are less interested in a more specialist area, probably getting into the work force and gaining experience may be the best option.

Mike.

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM, Craig Silk <[address removed]> wrote:
That's an interesting opinion from Alex in regards to the PhD. My long term ambition is to get a PhD but I'm in no way ready to commit  myself full time. I think this is more of a long term goal.

I'm planning to start a part time MSc towards the end of the year in Computer Science. I know that this won't really make me anymore employable but I think it will make it easier for me to get into a PhD later on (we're talking years  ahead).

As others have mentioned, it will also make it slightly easier to pass any immigration / visa process as these sorts of processes generally favour a higher level of education (certificates).

I wouldn't bother with an MSc if it's purely for enhancing your career UNLESS you come from a non Computer Science or Software Engineering background and you're looking to fill a formal educational gap or trying to break into your first technology role. Generally, experience is preferred over anything else.


Craig


On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM, alexander sharma <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi

I received a BSc in Software Engineering and then did a MSc in Computer Science. Now I am currently preparing for an MBA.
If you enjoyed your BSc degree in computer science or software engineering I would definetly go for an MSc its a good extension.

If you want to do research etc I would straight away start doing a PHD.

Alex

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 6:55 AM, Barry Cranford <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey guys,

We recently had a conversation about the relevance of an MBA to a Software Engineer's career. How about an MSc?

I have had this question come directly to me:

"I am a graduate in Computer Science Engineering. I want to study the MSc course in Software Engineering. I would like to know the advantages of a Masters degree over a Bachelors degree and is Software Engineering a good field to specialise in?" 

I'm keen to get your thoughts in this space. How do you personally view it?

Thanks,
Barry



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