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Hello there, I'm a mature student and I Have offers for both of the above subjects but I can't decide between them and I only have a few days to make the decision. I have a background of sorts in mechanical/structural engineering but I feel I would probably lean towards specialising in electronics. I like the thought of the general engineering course giving me a good grasp of physics/maths on completion. I feel with engineering being the broader discipline, it leaves more option when I graduate and possibly better longevity. I would be interested in trying to get into power/energy as an engineer or possibly some embedded systems, where I could cross over quite a bit into software. However I also like the thought of working in cyber security which would lean more towards compsci. I've looked at all the modules and facilities and still no further forward. I'm lucky to be in this position but I really can't decide. Any help anyone could give would be appreciated. Thanks
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Hello there, I'm a mature student and I Have offers for both of the above subjects but I can't decide between them and I only have a few days to make the decision. I have a background of sorts in mechanical/structural engineering but I feel I would probably lean towards specialising in electronics. I like the thought of the general engineering course giving me a good grasp of physics/maths on completion. I feel with engineering being the broader discipline, it leaves more option when I graduate and possibly better longevity. I would be interested in trying to get into power/energy as an engineer or possibly some embedded systems, where I could cross over quite a bit into software. However I also like the thought of working in cyber security which would lean more towards compsci. I've looked at all the modules and facilities and still no further forward. I'm lucky to be in this position but I really can't decide. Any help anyone could give would be appreciated. Thanks
Where do you have offers?

Does your "general" engineering course allow you to specialise into electronic and/or information engineering? Some courses will include modules such as machine learning in year 3 and 4, and almost certainly includes systems & control and other topics that overlap significantly with compsci.

You will also have the option of graduating with a BEng and then doing a more CS focused MSc if you so wish.
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I would do Engineering on your position. You can get a job in cs without a full on degree in CS I assume. Do what Doonesbury’s last bit says imo. I started off doing Engineering with OU and it SO isn’t for me and I chose CS at a brick uni. Since you don’t care to specialise in CS I wouldn’t do it, pick engineering. Go by the old rule to do what you enjoy foremost. It’s a solid degree that will get you into comp jobs.
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In* apologies for any grammar and spelling errors can’t edit or type on phone. Gr.

Oh i can edit, sorry tsr
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Where do you have offers?

Does your "general" engineering course allow you to specialise into electronic and/or information engineering? Some courses will include modules such as machine learning in year 3 and 4, and almost certainly includes systems & control and other topics that overlap significantly with compsci.

You will also have the option of graduating with a BEng and then doing a more CS focused MSc if you so wish.
I have offers for Durham. You do specialise and if I was to choose engineering I would specialise in Electronics Engineering. I noticed from the destinations of leavers that some go onto software development roles, although most obviously go into engineering. I like the options given by engineering although I would also like a job involved in programming. Maybe embedded systems? Thanks for your reply.
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I would do Engineering on your position. You can get a job in cs without a full on degree in CS I assume. Do what Doonesbury’s last bit says imo. I started off doing Engineering with OU and it SO isn’t for me and I chose CS at a brick uni. Since you don’t care to specialise in CS I wouldn’t do it, pick engineering. Go by the old rule to do what you enjoy foremost. It’s a solid degree that will get you into comp jobs.
Thanks for your reply. I was wondering if you could work in software without an CS degree, and you both answered that. I'm definitely leaning towards that.
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I have offers for Durham. You do specialise and if I was to choose engineering I would specialise in Electronics Engineering. I noticed from the destinations of leavers that some go onto software development roles, although most obviously go into engineering. I like the options given by engineering although I would also like a job involved in programming. Maybe embedded systems? Thanks for your reply.
Ooooh, that’s awesome. Engineering there would look more impressive lol. I was going to do a foundation with them but they have interviews. I’d never pass one with my social skills atm. But it’s probably light stuff about background. Good luck!
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Thanks for your reply. I was wondering if you could work in software without an CS degree, and you both answered that. I'm definitely leaning towards that.
Yes yes and yes. Engineering is quite close to CS as you know (Maths and physics if you take that route mainly w eng). Anyway you don’t need a Cs degree for lots of computing jobs lol, it’s quite academic compared to Engineering.
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Ooooh, that’s awesome. Engineering there would look more impressive lol. I was going to do a foundation with them but they have interviews. I’d never pass one with my social skills atm. But it’s probably light stuff about background. Good luck!
It's actually foundation year ill be doing. I just didn't think it'd be relevant to mention lol. To be fair the assessment day everyone was really friendly. I know they are planning to spend £50 million on a new mathematical and computer sciences building.
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It's actually foundation year ill be doing. I just didn't think it'd be relevant to mention lol. To be fair the assessment day everyone was really friendly. I know they are planning to spend £50 million on a new mathematical and computer sciences building.
Nice! I’m an idiot for not trying. Were you not interviewed one on one or group? How was it? I still can change my university after I do my foundation year this sept I suppose. Enjoy
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Nice! I’m an idiot for not trying. Were you not interviewed one on one or group? How was it? I still can change my university after I do my foundation year this sept I suppose. Enjoy
Ps we seem to have a lot in common being that I’m mature too, creepy.
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Nice! I’m an idiot for not trying. Were you not interviewed one on one or group? How was it? I still can change my university after I do my foundation year this sept I suppose. Enjoy
I love seeing other mature student chasing their goals. No one around me seems to value education, in fact I think a few of my social circle can't understand it. The interview was two interviewers to the interviewee. They were really friendly though and weren't trying to catch you out. They just wanted to know your interests and motivations. If that's what you fancy why not apply, nothing to lose. They are looking to take over 5000 more students in the next few years and double the size of the maths and computer sciences. Best of luck regardless of what you choose
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I love seeing other mature student chasing their goals. No one around me seems to value education, in fact I think a few of my social circle can't understand it. The interview was two interviewers to the interviewee. They were really friendly though and weren't trying to catch you out. They just wanted to know your interests and motivations. If that's what you fancy why not apply, nothing to lose. They are looking to take over 5000 more students in the next few years and double the size of the maths and computer sciences. Best of luck regardless of what you choose
I’ve always wanted to go uni, I actually don’t get why people don’t. I refuse to be a wage slave working menial labour like my parents, it’s no life. Mental health ruined me but I’m starting up again w uni.

Mateee I have social anxiety so two interviewers wouldn’t be great. My brain seems thinks their brains are telepathically mocking me together lmao and that they’ll laugh at me after. It’s a curse. In this degree I’m definitely putting my all into improving my social skills lol.
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I’ve always wanted to go uni, I actually don’t get why people don’t. I refuse to be a wage slave working menial labour like my parents, it’s no life. Mental health ruined me but I’m starting up again w uni.

Mateee I have social anxiety so two interviewers wouldn’t be great. My brain seems thinks their brains are telepathically mocking me together lmao and that they’ll laugh at me after. It’s a curse. In this degree I’m definitely putting my all into improving my social skills lol.
I agree. I understand its not for everyone and that's fine and its good to have other goals, but to reject the value is ignorant. Mental health is a difficult one. One good thing is its taken much more serious now than it used to be. I'm glad you're getting better though
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I agree. I understand its not for everyone and that's fine and its good to have other goals, but to reject the value is ignorant. Mental health is a difficult one. One good thing is its taken much more serious now than it used to be. I'm glad you're getting better though
Oh yeah I forgot to say self-made without uni is fine to me. And if you want a job that gets you through the months that's fine you're not below me LOL. I was talking more on a personal level so I don't want to offend anyone with that. But usually just going into menial jobs leads to more menial jobs and more stress trying to find another. Rather at least set myself a good foundation first.

Gl with Durham mate.
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Hello there, I'm a mature student and I Have offers for both of the above subjects but I can't decide between them and I only have a few days to make the decision. I have a background of sorts in mechanical/structural engineering but I feel I would probably lean towards specialising in electronics. I like the thought of the general engineering course giving me a good grasp of physics/maths on completion. I feel with engineering being the broader discipline, it leaves more option when I graduate and possibly better longevity. I would be interested in trying to get into power/energy as an engineer or possibly some embedded systems, where I could cross over quite a bit into software. However I also like the thought of working in cyber security which would lean more towards compsci. I've looked at all the modules and facilities and still no further forward. I'm lucky to be in this position but I really can't decide. Any help anyone could give would be appreciated. Thanks
Comp Sci is imo more interesting to learn about than engineering.. but I'm biased

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Oh yeah I forgot to say self-made without uni is fine to me. And if you want a job that gets you through the months that's fine you're not below me LOL. I was talking more on a personal level so I don't want to offend anyone with that. But usually just going into menial jobs leads to more menial jobs and more stress trying to find another. Rather at least set myself a good foundation first.

Gl with Durham mate.
Thanks best of luck to you too
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One of the issues I have is, if I don't end up working on a project I'm passionate about, I know ill hate it. I have to be interested in it, especially looking long term. I do enjoy the small bit of CS I've done but the reason I've looked at engineering is the breadth of options. If I could guarantee working on something I'd find interesting I would do CS, but that's not real life.
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Thanks for your reply. I was wondering if you could work in software without an CS degree, and you both answered that. I'm definitely leaning towards that.
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Hello there, I'm a mature student and I Have offers for both of the above subjects but I can't decide between them and I only have a few days to make the decision. I have a background of sorts in mechanical/structural engineering but I feel I would probably lean towards specialising in electronics. I like the thought of the general engineering course giving me a good grasp of physics/maths on completion. I feel with engineering being the broader discipline, it leaves more option when I graduate and possibly better longevity. I would be interested in trying to get into power/energy as an engineer or possibly some embedded systems, where I could cross over quite a bit into software. However I also like the thought of working in cyber security which would lean more towards compsci. I've looked at all the modules and facilities and still no further forward. I'm lucky to be in this position but I really can't decide. Any help anyone could give would be appreciated. Thanks
Hello there Tommy!

I AM IN YOUR EXACT SITUATION. Mature student, torn between comp sci and general engineering at Durham. I decided on Comp Sci in the end as basically the reviews for the department on General Engineering at Durham arent that promising. Also the content of engineering is broad but personally the possibilities with Comp Sci outweigh those given through engineering. comp Sci covers a huge variety of disciplines from games to audio to back end and front end devices. Its HUGE! engineering however looks at what I personally find a lot more boring - unless its innovation design engineering. You will be looking at applied mechanics instead.

What was your decision in the end?
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Hello there Tommy!

I AM IN YOUR EXACT SITUATION. Mature student, torn between comp sci and general engineering at Durham. I decided on Comp Sci in the end as basically the reviews for the department on General Engineering at Durham arent that promising. Also the content of engineering is broad but personally the possibilities with Comp Sci outweigh those given through engineering. comp Sci covers a huge variety of disciplines from games to audio to back end and front end devices. Its HUGE! engineering however looks at what I personally find a lot more boring - unless its innovation desiagn engineering. You will be looking at applied mechanics instead.

What was your decision in the end?
I chose engineering and plan to specialise in electronics, there's a lot of crossover. I looked at all the modules and decided engineering was the better fit for me. A big factor was looking at the graduate destinations. About 2 of the roles of the computer science graduates really appealed whereas many more did in engineering. I'd love to do computer science but if I didn't get a job on a product I was really excited in then I'd get frustrated. Best of luck.
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