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Last year of college, personal statement done, unis chosen.
course chosen? Kinda.

Planning in doing Computer Science at uni, but should I choose something else, like Computer Science with games or with cyber security?

Any ideas?
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Moved to Appications and UCAS.
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Cyber Security 100% if you understand and are interested in the topic.
That's what we need now and are going to need in the future.
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(Original post by SNK0)
Last year of college, personal statement done, unis chosen.
course chosen? Kinda.

Planning in doing Computer Science at uni, but should I choose something else, like Computer Science with games or with cyber security?

Any ideas?
IMHO unless you are particularly interested in a specific topic it's best to start with a more general and broad course (i.e. "vanilla" CompSci), and then look at specialising later - you can always do an MSc in Cyber Security or whatever interests you after 3 years of CompSci (and there's every chance those interests will change and evolve while you are studying for your undergrad degree). And even before then you will probably have optional modules in Year 2 and more in Year 3 that allow some specialisation.
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That's the thing, I want to do my Msc (or MSci) WITH my undergrad.
I really want to do AI, the uni doesn't offer this.
Maybe Robotics... But the only optional place is Kings... BUT they changed their requirements.
See... I've been looking for CompSci related courses (excluding Games) but not sure if I should just do CompSci alone...
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Would have to agree with jneill. It's best to have a broader knowledge and then to specialise. What do you know about Cyber Security since it may not be what you think it is? A BSc in CompSci will provide you with the fundamentals but more importantly it will give you the opportunity to apply to more jobs and give you the option to change careers. I have a background in CompSci so feel free to ask any any questions if needed.
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I faced the same problem deciding on my degree. Go for the broader one, you don't want to get stuck pigeonholed into a field you don't like anymore because you took a degree in it then decided it wasn't for you.
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Would have to agree with jneill. It's best to have a broader knowledge and then to specialise. What do you know about Cyber Security since it may not be what you think it is? A BSc in CompSci will provide you with the fundamentals but more importantly it will give you the opportunity to apply to more jobs and give you the option to change careers. I have a background in CompSci so feel free to ask any any questions if needed.
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I faced the same problem deciding on my degree. Go for the broader one, you don't want to get stuck pigeonholed into a field you don't like anymore because you took a degree in it then decided it wasn't for you.
Could I not just do CompSci MSci and THEN specialize?
Perhaps, hopefully, after I pass my UG I do another MSc.
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Could I not just do CompSci MSci and THEN specialize?
Perhaps, hopefully, after I pass my UG I do another MSc.
Yeah, that'd be okay. I'm planning on doing my BSc in Computing and Artificial Intelligence then an MSc/PhD in a much, much narrower part of computing.
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Yeah, that'd be okay. I'm planning on doing my BSc in Computing and Artificial Intelligence then an MSc/PhD in a much, much narrower part of computing.
SAME!

Which uni though?

Really hoping in doing an MSci in Robotics and AI at Kings...
Then doing a PhD or MPhill in CompSci/Robotics...
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SAME!

Which uni though?

Really hoping in doing an MSci in Robotics and AI at Kings...
Then doing a PhD or MPhill in CompSci/Robotics...
Edinburgh and Birmingham for CS with AI. King's is a really good uni for AI!
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(Original post by SNK0)
Could I not just do CompSci MSci and THEN specialize?
Perhaps, hopefully, after I pass my UG I do another MSc.
(Original post by SNK0)
SAME!

Which uni though?

Really hoping in doing an MSci in Robotics and AI at Kings...
Then doing a PhD or MPhill in CompSci/Robotics...

Hi SNK0,

Yes you could if you wanted to but MSci is normally when one specialises in a field. If you don't mind me asking but what do you wish to do in the future? I don't mean to sh!t on your parade but what you are saying is unrealistic, because doing an undergraduate with an MSc then another MSc followed by a PhD will take a very very long period of time and will also cost a lot of money unless you get funding. Also do you have any knowledge in these areas because you many not enjoy it once you come to realise what it really is. But good luck anyway!
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Hi SNK0,

Yes you could if you wanted to but MSci is normally when one specialises in a field. If you don't mind me asking but what do you wish to do in the future? I don't mean to sh!t on your parade but what you are saying is unrealistic, because doing an undergraduate with an MSc then another MSc followed by a PhD will take a very very long period of time and will also cost a lot of money unless you get funding. Also do you have any knowledge in these areas because you many not enjoy it once you come to realise what it really is. But good luck anyway!
My routes:

CompSci BSC -> MSc (unknown field) -> PhD -> ...
CompSci MSci -> PhD -> ...
CompSci MSci -> MSc (unknown field) -> ...

Robotics + AI Msci -> Robotics MPhill/PhD -> ...
CompSci Msci -> Robotics MSc ->...
CompSci BSC -> Robotics MSc ->...

Aims:
Only on PM... If I want to...
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Hi SNK0,

Yes you could if you wanted to but MSci is normally when one specialises in a field. If you don't mind me asking but what do you wish to do in the future? I don't mean to sh!t on your parade but what you are saying is unrealistic, because doing an undergraduate with an MSc then another MSc followed by a PhD will take a very very long period of time and will also cost a lot of money unless you get funding. Also do you have any knowledge in these areas because you many not enjoy it once you come to realise what it really is. But good luck anyway!
Time isn't an issue...
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