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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by dingy, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. dingy

    dingy Bit Poster

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    My son wants to do a degree in computing next year and has narrowed it down to three.
    M Eng computer Science (UCAS G401)
    M Eng Computer and Electronic Systems (UCAS GHK6) both at Strathclyde University
    M Sci Computing Science (UCAS G402) at Glasgow University
    If anybody has any experience or information about any of these degrees he would be very grateful to hear it.He's leaning towards the one at Glasgow but any advice would be very helpful,particularly any info on job prospects.
    Thanks in advance.:biggrin
     
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  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Better to post links to the actual courses. The names on their own don't mean anything.

    Studying in Scotland should be much cheaper I'd have thought ?

    Its a personal decision for your son, he needs to think about a lot of things.

    1. What career does he want when he leaves university
    2. How far is he prepared to travel, (some people prefer to stay closer to home, others like to branch out)
    3. How much is he prepared to spend (get in debt)
    4. What are the most important things to get out of going to university (education, job prospects, social life, networking, status, etc)

    5. Specifically what does he want to learn, eg
    programming, networking, electronics, discrete math, compilers, operating systems, distributed systems, machine learning, algorithms, etc. The specialism(s) could be a deciding factor
    Computer Science != Computer Engineering != Information Technology != Computer Games != Robotics
    There are many competing degrees with different focus.

    6. How long does he want to be in higher education (2,3, or 4 years, does he want the combined Masters ?)
    Can he move from the combined masters to a bachelors if he decides to ?

    7. Does he want a placement year (good for getting a job, but makes degree longer, maybe better to find your own placements each summer ?)

    8. What the lecturers are like
    9. Whats the university campus is like
    etc
     
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  3. AJ

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    I can only comment from south f the border, however.

    My son has just graduated from Portsmouth Uni with a first in Computer Science.
    Are you talking about a Masters or a BSc.

    Computer Science was described as the top Premier computing degree and as such holds a certain credence over other computing degrees. I know people will argue with this but this is what we were told. I personally don't hold a degree, nor A levels, so I'll leave the arguing over the last sentence to others.

    I can not say enough about doing a sandwich course as this is the best possible way to pass with a good degree and get a job afterwards. This is what my son did and walked straight into a job after graduating. I'm not saying that this will happen, but there you go.

    Computer Science is not easy, but then again as it is he top computing degree it shouldn't be easy. Hard work and a bloody good dissertation and you can't go wrong.

    I hope that helps.
    AJ
     
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  4. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    I did computing and information systems, and got a 2.1, but would i do it again, probabaly not, id go down the experience and get certified. But as people have pointed out it does depend what he wants to do in the long run.

    Im quite happy where i am and i know the degree helped me, but so did the voluntary experience.

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  5. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    I went to portsmouth also :D
     
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  6. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I did an M.Eng, and the fourth year is basically a waste of time (IMHO)

    The first 3 years were the same as the B.Sc route, but the 4th year was basically like a business course dressed up with some technical topics. Kind of a "how to stop engineers getting exploited" type of thing.
     

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