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    Considering i want to 100% do software engineering when i leave uni should i do a software engineering degree or should i do a CS degree. As some jobs say they want a CS degree or degree related in that engineering field. So i'm scared that them asking for a CS degree first indicated that i should do a CS degree?
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    Considering i want to 100% do software engineering when i leave uni should i do a software engineering degree or should i do a CS degree. As some jobs say they want a CS degree or degree related in that engineering field. So i'm scared that them asking for a CS degree first indicated that i should do a CS degree?
    CS should cover most if not all SE type jobs. You could consider doing both as a combined course or one where you specialise in SE? Some universities like Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Brunel and Royal Holloway offer this.
    https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/co...re-engineering
    http://www.brunel.ac.uk/study/underg...ngineering-bsc
    http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/compu...e-engineering3
    https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/cour...gineering.aspx
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    Thanks for the info, but i thought tho whole point of CS was to not specialise yet and learn a variety of different modules in computing?
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    Thanks for the info, but i thought tho whole point of CS was to not specialise yet and learn a variety of different modules in computing?
    If you specialise, your final year will consist mainly of SE modules. That's what usually happens, you'll still do CS related things in your first two years. I was initially planning on specialising my CS course with Artificial Intelligence but I swapped after year 1 due to a career change. It's really up to you.

    I can ask AngryJellyfish to move this to Computer Science and IT
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    If you specialise, your final year will consist mainly of SE modules. That's what usually happens, you'll still do CS related things in your first two years. I was initially planning on specialising my CS course with Artificial Intelligence but I swapped after year 1 due to a career change. It's really up to you.

    I can ask AngryJellyfish to move this to Computer Science and IT
    hmm ok thanks, this is quite interesting. But my first choice which is Lancaster doesn't do this unfortunately, and it's the highest ranked uni for CS i can go to.
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    hmm ok thanks, this is quite interesting. But my first choice which is Lancaster doesn't do this unfortunately, and it's the highest ranked uni for CS i can go to.
    Meh, I wouldn't get caught up by rankings alone. If a uni has the course you want to do, you should consider picking it.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    Meh, I wouldn't get caught up by rankings alone. If a uni has the course you want to do, you should consider picking it.
    yeah I see ur point but some jobs actually ask for a degree from a reputable university, and I think Lancaster is the closest I'm gonna get tbh.
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    yeah I see ur point but some jobs actually ask for a degree from a reputable university, and I think Lancaster is the closest I'm gonna get tbh.
    Not many employers care about that to be honest.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    Not many employers care about that to be honest.
    yeah I know but what if more do start to care
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    yeah I know but what if more do start to care
    I can't predict that. Look, it's up to you but you're really limiting yourself if you're just going by the rankings.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    I can't predict that. Look, it's up to you but you're really limiting yourself if you're just going by the rankings.
    but can't I still be a software engineer by doing a normal CS course. Also ngl, uni of Lancaster looks really good
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    but can't I still be a software engineer by doing a normal CS course. Also ngl, uni of Lancaster looks really good
    Yes... Here's one example out of many.
    https://www.gradcracker.com/hub/166/...tware-engineer
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    Yes... Here's one example out of many.
    https://www.gradcracker.com/hub/166/...tware-engineer
    yeah I mean, I'm still yet to see a job that doesn't allow CS degrees for a software engineering role so I think I will stick with Lancaster for now.
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    (Original post by Ryanthom100)
    Considering i want to 100% do software engineering when i leave uni should i do a software engineering degree or should i do a CS degree. As some jobs say they want a CS degree or degree related in that engineering field. So i'm scared that them asking for a CS degree first indicated that i should do a CS degree?


    I was googling computer science related stuff yesterday and apparently it's not so easy for graduates to get a job in that field with most of the jobs in demand being for experienced people

    i then saw most people were advising against taking it, or expressing caution

    i do myself know one individual who studied computer science who has never worked in this field, and years have passed since university. I do not know whether it is because they couldn't find a job ...or they just changed their mind. The profession they are in now though still needs a degree, but it is completely unrelated to computer science
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    I was googling computer science related stuff yesterday and apparently it's not so easy for graduates to get a job in that field with most of the jobs in demand being for experienced people

    i then saw most people were advising against taking it, or expressing caution

    i do myself know one individual who studied computer science who has never worked in this field, and years have passed since university. I do not know whether it is because they couldn't find a job ...or they just changed their mind. The profession they are in now though still needs a degree, but it is completely unrelated to computer science
    hmm that's a good point. But I get the vibe that u need CS more for being a software engineer. I know it sounds dumb and doesn't make sense as a SE is more specialised to that job role. But companies give me this strange vibe lol
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