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Re: [ljc] BSc or MSc

From: Zoe S.
Sent on: Friday, June 29, 2012 6:11 PM
Hi Barry

"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?
I have an MSc in software engineering. However, I don't recommend it as way to make yourself more employable. If you can get hired on the strength of a BSc then get a job. I did the MSc because I wanted a year away from IBM to catch up with changes in technology that had taken place during the 6 years that I was a manager. It was useful from that point of view but both from my experience on the course and as someone who used to interview graduates for IBM I would not recommend doing to enhance your career prospects - in my view it is unlikely to help. The only other good reason I can thing of for doing an MSc in software engineering or computer science is if someone has a BSc in another subject (maths, physics, etc) and wants to change direction. In this case it may be a good stepping stone towards the right career.


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