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I have always been very interested and passionate about computer science and knew i was going to a degree(s) in it and become a software/hardware engineer/computer scientist(forgive me for incorrect syntax if applicable)...

Recently i have been reflecting upon my choice and confirming that is what i want to do for the rest of my life...

I already know that is what i want to do but as i said i am just confirming so...

i am currently at the start of Y11...

I am one of the top in my class,predicted most A*'s and A's and do computing at GCSE and do many Extra curricular and also many related to computer science....
I am truly passionate about the subject and would like to study it at Cambridge...

I was wondering the following:

1)what is the difference between computer science and computer engineering...
2) i would like to study at Cambridge but it only has a computer science course but no computer engineering or related specializations even in the core engineering course?
3)does the computer science course cover the hardware and software aspect or only software?
4)is a PhD in compsci worth it?

Any other advice will also be greatly appreciated...Thanks!
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The computer science course at Cambridge does cover some hardware to some extent, and any specialisation would come later in the course. (In fact, all bachelors degrees at Cambridge are the same degree, technically).

A PhD is a research degree. It's often better to get a masters degree (which you will technically get eventually if you study at Cambridge, even if you only study for three years), as a PhD will make you over qualified for most "real jobs".
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The computer science course at Cambridge does cover some hardware to some extent, and any specialisation would come later in the course. (In fact, all bachelors degrees at Cambridge are the same degree, technically).

A PhD is a research degree. It's often better to get a masters degree (which you will technically get eventually if you study at Cambridge, even if you only study for three years), as a PhD will make you over qualified for most "real jobs".
Is there any real life benefit for being over qualified for jobs or starting a comapny?

Thanks.
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Is there any real life benefit for being over qualified for jobs or starting a comapny?

Thanks.
Not really. Companies often wouldn't want to hire someone overqualified, because it could cost more.
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