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Hrmmm Aug. 18th, 2003 10:35 pm
Poll #169865 Self-improvement?

Should I do an Open U compsci degree?


(My previous degree's Electronic Eng - I have no formal compsci qualifications, so my knowledge is a bit Emmental.)

From: barakta
Date: August 18th, 2003 - 03:08 pm (Link)
Wouldn't an MSc crossover be a better idea? I have a friend doing one over 2 years and his original degree was in chemistry.

IIRC EE and CS have a lot of cross over anyways so many of the fundamentals may be similar.

Just a thought.

From: conflux
Date: August 18th, 2003 - 04:36 pm (Link)
If you think you need extra qualifications then on MSc in CompSci is your best bet. With your current experience an OU CompSci degree will give you nothing that reading a few well selected books wouldn't give you. You could look for a part time MSc and see if your current company will operate a day release scheme for you to do it or move on and do the same elsewhere.
From: sashajwolf
Date: August 18th, 2003 - 11:53 pm (Link)
Generally the OU is great, but the shelflife of their courses is about 10 years, which means the compsci ones are almost always going to be out of date. Other subjects are easier to update by publishing supplementary materials, but I think IT just moves too fast - the courses are ready for a complete rewrite well within that time. aegidian looked at them when I first started with the OU four years ago - he was distinctly unimpressed then, and I think all of the same courses are still running.

The Birkbeck Comp Sci MSc might be worth a look for you. The reading lists have plenty of recent publications on them, which is about as much as I'm qualified to judge, and the descriptions of who the course is for and of the entry qualifications seem to fit you quite well.
From: lozette
Date: August 19th, 2003 - 01:18 am (Link)
I'd agree with everyone else who suggested an MSc. I was going to do one (an MSc conversion to CompSci) after my film degree (I don't have any relevant qualifications either!), but in the end I didn't because I was sick of being a student.

Why do you particularly want to do one? Do you feel a bit limited in your career at the moment because of a lack of qualifications? Or are you just a letters-after-your-name junkie? (Like I am :-)
From: babysimon
Date: August 19th, 2003 - 02:30 am (Link)
[I haven't voted.]

Do it if you think it'll seriously improve your job prospects but not otherwise. I have two CS degrees and believe me, I could have taught myself the interesting / useful stuff very much faster.