What's the difference between a MSc and MSci? Watch
You'll get a MSci if you've applied for four years at the very beginning.
Is this true? Which one is more recognised in terms of career prospects?
Yes that's basically correct. An MSc is more highly considered by employers, possibly because they are specialised where as your final year of an MSci course is general like the other 3 years, just more advanced material.
Unless you need it to either to a) get a particular job, b) get a PhD position then doing an MSc after and MSci (MChem/MPhys, etc.) is a complete waste of time and money.
Yeah but presumably that's not all that different from doing an MSc after a BSc. I don't really see the point in doing a specialist qualification unless you actually want to specialise your career in that area.
Yes that's basically correct. An MSc is more highly considered by employers, possibly because they are specialised where as your final year of an MSci course is general like the other 3 years, just more advanced material. Doing an MSci doesn't mean you can't go ahead and do an MSc as well, so if you fancy an extra year at uni (which your loans will cover) you might as well do a 4 year course.
I retract my case... even that seems broad now...
EDIT: I wonder if OP finds this useful 6 years on Hopefully I've managed to help the guy who resurrected this thread!
I'm pretty sure that my course is MSci rather than MSc and you specialise in two related areas so it's pretty specific (for example, CMP with atmospheric physics would not be allowed whereas plasma physics with high energy physics would)
I guess it depends on the course.
Probably... looking up, your uni is pretty lenient with a 2:2... mine has the same requirements (2:1 by the end of second year so 2:1 projected) as it would for MSc students (minimum 2:1 required).... and you'd choose the same units just it would be MSci in Physics rather than say an MSc in Quantum information, Laser Processing and Condensed matter...
I'm by no means an expert, but from my limited knowledge, I'd say an MSc would be the best in terms of going straight into the job market afterwards, whilst an MSci would serve as a better stepping stone if you intend to follow the subject further eg a PhD