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    I wonder what's the difference between BA and BSc. Is BSc more respected and harder to earn than BA?
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    A BSc is more 'math-sy' than a BA in a lot of subjects (eg Economics).

    Neither is really better than the other - but people taking a BSc are likely to say that a BSc is better etc.. A lot of which is preffered is subjective I think.
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    its jsut Arts versus Sciences really

    hence Bachelors of Arts
    Bachelors of Sciences

    some subs, like Econ can fall into both
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    The problem with rep on this website is, because I'm convinced I have OCD and like collecting little green gems, I can't make jokes about BA degrees without fearing the wrath of 100 BA students negative rep. So I have to shut up.
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    There's no difference. It's only a name. The subject you're studying is more important.
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    BSc is more science orientated and some people may say that a science maybe be harder than an art subjects but it just depends really.
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    Not necessarily. Some science subjects are named BA.

    BA/BSci is just a name.
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    BSc = more money
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    Generally they differ in the content of the course in term of amount of maths/quantitative techniques required. But it also depends on courses. some BAs have equal amount of maths as BScs. Again, because of the name of science, BScs are generally more well respected by looking, if you are doing economics/accounting kinda courses especially.
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    (Original post by tickular)
    BSc = more money
    Where on earth have you unearthed that rumour?
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    I think this should be stopped here before it develops into an arguement.
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    (Original post by Elles)
    Some universities (I know of Oxbridge - anywhere else?) only award BAs at bachelors level for some historical reason. So my degree in Medical Sciences is a BA. :p:


    But for subjects where you have a choice of BA/BSc degrees (e.g. Psychology, Economics) it might be important to decide which suits you more - because it will probably reflect the approach taken to the subject in the course and potentially how employers view it.
    Do you know why that is? Thats why traditions are bad!

    These threads always develop into a 'my dads bigger than your dad type.' (I should know, thats how i obtained all my -Ve reps so far!)
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    Probably for the same reason that a PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy.

    It's just a traditional thing.
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    (Original post by Iscariot)
    Probably for the same reason that a PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy.

    It's just a traditional thing.
    Actually, the tradition of referring to a Doctorate in Philosophy as PhD did not originate here, but in the states and is not that old - this is why Oxford has a DPhil programme rather than a PhD programme, for example.
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    What's the difference between DPhil and PhD?

    And why is it a Doctor of Philosophy and not some other subject like the subject you're getting it in?
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    (Original post by Lou_)
    What's the difference between DPhil and PhD?

    And why is it a Doctor of Philosophy and not some other subject like the subject you're getting it in?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhD

    "In medieval times, any research outside the fields of theology or medicine was called "philosophy", hence the Ph.D. degree covers a wide range of subjects. Contemporary Ph.D. degrees are awarded in nearly every field of the sciences and the humanities."

    Which is why doctors in the hospital aren't really doctors at all, they have an MBChB (Medicinæ Baccalaureus et Baccalaureus Chirurgiæ - Latin for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) rather than a PhD.
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    (Original post by Lou_)
    What's the difference between DPhil and PhD?
    There isn't one.

    (Original post by Lou_)
    And why is it a Doctor of Philosophy and not some other subject like the subject you're getting it in?
    Historical reasons.
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    If you take BSc as science etc degrees and BA as arts degrees, BSc students will tell you BA is for lazy no hopers who want to sit around doing nothing all day. BA students will tell you BSc is for geeks and losers who have no life. So they're about equal, although to the general public science may be considered more difficult than arts, but definately for me I find arts alot harder than science.
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    (Original post by Iscariot)
    The problem with rep on this website is, because I'm convinced I have OCD and like collecting little green gems, I can't make jokes about BA degrees without fearing the wrath of 100 BA students negative rep. So I have to shut up.
    You little pussy, grow some balls.

    Neither are more respected, because it depends what you want to do. Obviously a vetinary surgery will be looking for Bscs, but it won't be any use if you want to apply for an art job at a game company, or whatever.
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    (Original post by Iscariot)
    The problem with rep on this website is, because I'm convinced I have OCD and like collecting little green gems, I can't make jokes about BA degrees without fearing the wrath of 100 BA students negative rep. So I have to shut up.
    Well then going by your concept, the BSc students here should be giving you positive rep, and considering positive rep is 2X the worth of negative rep for each individual, that seems a little flawed. :rolleyes:
    (Original post by tickular)
    BSc = more money
    And you = naive and/or ignorant.
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