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Hi, I know this has been done before, but I'm struggling to choose and I need to apply soon so any help would be appreciated.

Purely thinking about employability, I can't decide whether to do an Open BSc, a named Biology degree or the combined STEM at OU. My intention is to move into an area such as Bioinformatics/Biotechnology so I want a good split of Biology and IT in my degree. I also want to include a couple of optional chemistry modules in there. Unfortunately the OU don't offer a combined IT and Science degree.

The problem is I don't want to look like a 'jack of all trades, master of none' to potential employers, and I'm worried that a generalised degree title will give them this message and scupper my chances.

I will be doing a masters afterwards and I realise the title is less important for this, but it would be done either part time or by distance learning while I keep working so I need to be able to get a relevant job.
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Named degrees are always good as it gives you a definitive specialism. I would imagine a biology degree would be the best providing you have a solid grounding in the area you decide to go into.

I would say a Bsc Biology (Hons) would be the best degree for you to start with. I think you could begin to specialize at MA level with a course in what you want to do in the long term. I generally feel a named degree is best as it shows a certain amount of dedication and understanding of an academic discipline.
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(Original post by Duane2501)
Hi, I know this has been done before, but I'm struggling to choose and I need to apply soon so any help would be appreciated.

Purely thinking about employability, I can't decide whether to do an Open BSc, a named Biology degree or the combined STEM at OU. My intention is to move into an area such as Bioinformatics/Biotechnology so I want a good split of Biology and IT in my degree. I also want to include a couple of optional chemistry modules in there. Unfortunately the OU don't offer a combined IT and Science degree.

The problem is I don't want to look like a 'jack of all trades, master of none' to potential employers, and I'm worried that a generalised degree title will give them this message and scupper my chances.

I will be doing a masters afterwards and I realise the title is less important for this, but it would be done either part time or by distance learning while I keep working so I need to be able to get a relevant job.
I don't agree with the above poster. Degree content is more important than the name of the degree. There's no point doing the Natural Sciences (Biology specialism) degree if you want to take IT modules. If you take 60 credits of Biology modules and 60 credits of IT modules at level 1, 2 and 3 then your degree transcript would show that you weren't a jack of all trades. BSc Combined STEM (Biology and IT) or BSc Open (Biology and IT) would look absolutely fine on a CV.
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Employers don't really ask you what modules you studied in your degree; they sometimes take it at face value and move on. They may be inquisitive in what an Open degree is, but not necessarily interested in your degree and what you studied. I believe that may be a downside and employers may be quick to drop you over someone with a named degree, during the application process, but that's my own personal opinion.
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