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    Which would employers value more, a First in a BSc or a 2:1 in an MSc? I say this because I think I could possibly get a First in a BSc, but a Masters would obviously be harder, and if I got a 2:1 in that would that be less attractive to employers than if I had just kept to the BSc and got a First?
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    I can't really speak for prospective employers - but if I were to employ one or the other based solely on the degree, I'd hire the person with the 2:1 MSc.

    If you think you're capable of getting a first BSc then with enough hard work you're probably capable of a first MSc - if you go for the BSc and only get a 2:1 anyway, you'd have been better off getting the MSc.

    The fact the MSc is harder and you've an extra year of study is bound to be more favourable than any classification of BSc, however I doubt in reality the difference between a 1st BSc and a 2:1 MSc in terms of employability is great.
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    Ummmm... sorry could you just clarify exactly which qualifications you're meaning? Because MSc courses aren't actually graded in that way - some are Pass/Fail and others are Distinction/Merit/Pass/Fail... So I'm not totally sure what you actually mean - are you referring to an undergraduate masters course (which isn't an MSc) or something like that?
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    I'm referring to a 3 year undergraduate degree (BSc) which you extend to 4 years by doing a Masters (MSc)
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    Forgive me, but I'm still not totally sure which course you're referring to - could you give an example?
    The usual way BSc and MSc courses usually work is that you study for 3 years as an undergraduate and gain a BSc. At this point, you graduate and can apply to do an MSc (maybe at the same university as your BSc, maybe somewhere else) which will take 1 year complete studying full time.
    There are also some undergraduate degrees which give you an undergraduate masters in 4 years, but these are usually called something like an MMath, MEng, MPhys, MSci, etc. to avoid confusion with the postgraduate degree. These courses are more similar to the BSc courses and *are* marked with a first, 2.1, 2.2, etc. system too so is it that which you are referring to?
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    Sorry to have been misleading; I mean MSci, MEng, MPhys, MMath-type degrees.
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    Ah OK - no worries
    To be perfectly honest, I think you would stand a perfectly fine chance with either. As far as I know (and I'm no recruiter - I can only base this on my own experiences and those I've heard about from other people), some companies will have a basic standard they require from applicants (for many graduate training schemes, this will be a 2.1 but I've never seen it specified that you need it in an MEng/MMath/etc. rather than a BSc or similar) but beyond they don't consider the actual degree result so much. As long as you meet their basic requirements in terms of degree result, whether you meet or exceed it probably won't usually be that big of a consideration - they'll be more interested in how well you perform at interview, what else sets you apart from other candidates, etc.
    Honestly, I think that if you're capable of getting a first for a BSc, you're capable of doing the same for an M-whatever but I would recommend picking whichever you feel is best for you. If you want to do a MEng/MMath/etc. then go for it - but equally I can't think of an employer which wouldn't consider you with a BSc instead. If you've got a 2.1 in either you stand pretty much as good a chance as anyone else with a 2.1 in either at getting the job.
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    I'd pick the guy with the first, assuming all other things were equal. Why? Because if you can get a first on a BSc course you can get a first on an MSci course.
 
 
 
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