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Hi everyone, I'm due to start a civil engineering degree at city, university of London in a few days, but have an offer for either CS or SE at Westminster. I want to know what these programs are like at Westminster, are they well taught, accredited, what the graduate prospects are like etc. I also wanted to know if one is better than the other? I see that CS has higher graduate salaries than SE.

I'm going to be 22 in November and feel a little self conscious about the age, are there mature students on these programs, would I feel out of place? And finally, I'm a female, and I understand that these courses tend to be dominated by male students, but are there at least some girls? I did a foundation in engineering a few years ago where I was the only girl in a class of about 70, this was a very awkward experience, though I did get used to it eventually.
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(Original post by xSahar)
Hi everyone, I'm due to start a civil engineering degree at city, university of London in a few days, but have an offer for either CS or SE at Westminster. I want to know what these programs are like at Westminster, are they well taught, accredited, what the graduate prospects are like etc. I also wanted to know if one is better than the other? I see that CS has higher graduate salaries than SE.

I'm going to be 22 in November and feel a little self conscious about the age, are there mature students on these programs, would I feel out of place? And finally, I'm a female, and I understand that these courses tend to be dominated by male students, but are there at least some girls? I did a foundation in engineering a few years ago where I was the only girl in a class of about 70, this was a very awkward experience, though I did get used to it eventually.
Hi there

The Computer Science and Software Engineering courses share the same first year but are different for years two and three (although there are some shared modules). Its best to check the respective course pages to see the module outlines. The BEng in Software Engineering is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Engineering Council. The Computer Science degree by the BCS as well. Both courses offer excellent sandwich year options and you can also study a language throughout your degree. In terms of job prospects both courses offer similar level job prospects. You're right about these courses being male dominated. These courses are approx 5% female.

Good luck with your decision.

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Kim
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Hi there

The Computer Science and Software Engineering courses share the same first year but are different for years two and three (although there are some shared modules). Its best to check the respective course pages to see the module outlines. The BEng in Software Engineering is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Engineering Council. The Computer Science degree by the BCS as well. Both courses offer excellent sandwich year options and you can also study a language throughout your degree. In terms of job prospects both courses offer similar level job prospects. You're right about these courses being male dominated. These courses are approx 5% female.

Good luck with your decision.

Best wishes

Kim
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Just need to ask if these courses are still male dominated and has approx 5% female in 2018-2019 or this year?
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Just need to ask if these courses are still male dominated and has approx 5% female in 2018-2019 or this year?
Hi there

There are certainly more male students, but judging from the attendance at the computer science lectures, I would say that more than a third to half are female. It could be because our female students are more likely to attend lectures, but to me it looks more like an even split.

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Kim
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