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Reputation of universities and a Computer Science degree

By weberr ·
Hello everyone,

I was thinking of going to get a degree in Computer Science, however this proves to be a lot harder than I thought it would, and I'm only in the process of making a selection ...

The first problem is the kind of degree, there's BSc, BEng, MSc, MEng and even MA.
I do not want to work as a programmer, I've tried it and I don't like it, I want the opportunity to get a better paid position, which I need a good degree for.

So the first issue is, which degree to go for?

The next issue is the choice of university, and I would be glad if actually employers could respond to this and give me a bit of their opinion, share their procedures and knowledge. The universities I was primarily looking at are: Edinburgh, Warwick, Bristol, UCL and Imperial College.

I know they're all high up in The Times' Leaguetable, but in how far are the degrees from the universities recognised?
To put it simple. If I had the choice, which one would be the best choice in terms of the quality and recognition of the degree I'm getting?
I'm really just asking for advice which university would be the best choice.

I would really appreciate feedback.
Thanks in advance.

Roger Weber

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Out of you list

by The Listed 'G MAN' In reply to Reputation of universitie ...

Edinburgh University - one of the oldest and most famous in the world.

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thanks - need more though

by weberr In reply to Out of you list

Thanks for your reply.

Are there any other views on this?

I'd be really interested to see different views and arguments.

It's a discussion after all.

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wrong degree!

by DC_Federal_Employee In reply to Reputation of universitie ...

Maybe CS degrees are different in the UK but here in the US you would definitely be making a wrong decision for what you really want to do with your career.

As for the question of reputation. Yes it does matter somewhat. Doing well is more important than the actual place you graduate from though.

Now if you are not wanting to pursue programming than a CS degree is going to be nothing but extreme punishment. Very hard and intensive coursework. If you are interesting in actual computers and hardware than CS isn't the thing to do (despite the name Computer Science). CS really doesn't have much to do with computers, instead CS is about using computers as a tool for solving problems. If you want to get into computer hardware seek out a degree such as EE, ComputerEng or even Physics.

Really depends on what you want to do as a career. If you want to be a consultant or something like that I'd go with a business type degree and take a minor or additional coursework in CS or physics to give you more 'hard' techie skills. If you want to do strictly technical stuff go with an Engineering degree. Only go Computer Science if you want to do programming, otherwise spare your sanity and choose another route!


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