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Just wondering if anyone has any opinions on the udacity nanodegrees, mainly regarding if they are worth the price?

Do you think it would be better to get a job and study the nanodegree in your own time?

Or do a MSc?
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Just wondering if anyone has any opinions on the udacity nanodegrees, mainly regarding if they are worth the price?

Do you think it would be better to get a job and study the nanodegree in your own time?

Or do a MSc?
Remember that with an Msc there's the new masters loan.
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Remember that with an Msc there's the new masters loan.
Yes, but not really much of a plus imo. Even from an English student's POV, a lot of courses have been jacked up to £10,000 or close to it. Sure there are plenty that are around £5-8k, but even then it is a lot of money to borrow with just a few 1000 left over to live of. In a lot of cases it seems to serve only as a means to increase student debt while removing the tuition fee barrier, not remove both the tuition fee barrier and the living cost barrier.

Regardless, I'm from Ireland, so they only give out £5250 (most courses at QUB/UU are around £5000), so doesn't go far in England really.

I've got a scholarship for one MSc worth £5000, plus my loan of £5250, I only end up with £1000 to live off once I pay the fees.
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Just wondering if anyone has any opinions on the udacity nanodegrees, mainly regarding if they are worth the price?

Do you think it would be better to get a job and study the nanodegree in your own time?

Or do a MSc?
What particular nanodegrees are you looking for and what particular masters degrees are you looking at?

IMO nanodegrees aren't currently mature enough to be worth the money. The employment sector at large won't really recognise them. If you are just doing them to increase your skills and build a portfolio of work, that may be a different matter. If you are talking about using them as a qualification to open doors, then a masters degree wins every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
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What particular nanodegrees are you looking for and what particular masters degrees are you looking at?

IMO nanodegrees aren't currently mature enough to be worth the money. The employment sector at large won't really recognise them. If you are just doing them to increase your skills and build a portfolio of work, that may be a different matter. If you are talking about using them as a qualification to open doors, then a masters degree wins every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Robotics for both.

One issue is my BSc wasn't in a specialised engineering course. So I've had some rejections from the advanced MSc courses. I've got an offer partly funded for a MSc at sussex which serves as more of a conversion. I have been told by UCL however that my background is fine for their course, but I couldn't afford it this year. I was thinking of strengthening my application via the nanodegree as well as saving some money. Then head overseas (Malaysia) to do mechatronics next year, UCL or a course at Heriot-Watt/UoBurgundy/UoGirona (2yr joint course) in robotics, again next year.

I have a grad job offer, not in a robotics area, I was thinking of building a portfolio of any projects I was working on during the year.

So in your opinion it wouldn't be such a good idea? Perhaps better to stick to free ones (or considerably cheaper ones, eg £10-20)?
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I thought I'd just do a bit of an update for anyone who finds themselves here via a google search somewhere down the line.

So I had applied for MSc Mechatronics at Glasgow (as of 2017 there isn't really a whole lot of overlap between this course and a typical robotics one (eg at UCL), it is a lot more focused on the electronics side than the computational side). The main reason for the rejection was my lack of electronics, namely in digital signal processing.

I enquired if a year out and taking the Udacity nanodegree in Robotics would help the application at all. However the admissions coordinator had not heard of it so couldn't comment on the quality of the content, essentially I took that as a no it would not help much. I was told if I was to take further study in electronics and the areas I had mentioned (from the nanodegree such as ROS, computer vision etc) and depending on the grades and types of assessment they would consider it.

This was only for one particular university however, others may be different. Also, in 2017 they are still quite young as highlighted above, perhaps they could be better acknowledged a few years down the line. However at the moment, I would not take the gamble on these courses as a stepping stone to get onto a university course.

There are plenty of online distance learning MSc courses out there, some even robotics related despite the practical nature of the subject. It would probably be best to do that and get a postgraduate certificate/diploma/full MSc and actually have a recognised qualification.

But the times they are a changin...
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Robotics for both.

One issue is my BSc wasn't in a specialised engineering course. So I've had some rejections from the advanced MSc courses. I've got an offer partly funded for a MSc at sussex which serves as more of a conversion. I have been told by UCL however that my background is fine for their course, but I couldn't afford it this year. I was thinking of strengthening my application via the nanodegree as well as saving some money. Then head overseas (Malaysia) to do mechatronics next year, UCL or a course at Heriot-Watt/UoBurgundy/UoGirona (2yr joint course) in robotics, again next year.

I have a grad job offer, not in a robotics area, I was thinking of building a portfolio of any projects I was working on during the year.

So in your opinion it wouldn't be such a good idea? Perhaps better to stick to free ones (or considerably cheaper ones, eg £10-20)?
Don't forget when building a portfolio during your grad job that most companies own the intellectual property of anything you work on, some companies make you sign a disclosure stating that you can't even tell others that you had a part in some programs (from what I hear).
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Don't forget when building a portfolio during your grad job that most companies own the intellectual property of anything you work on, some companies make you sign a disclosure stating that you can't even tell others that you had a part in some programs (from what I hear).
Yes this is true. Though I'd be looking at robotics, which my soon to be employer has nothing to do with, so I'd never be working on any of my personal projects in their premises. There was something about that in the intellectual property part of my contract
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