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Hey. What would be better for me considering my future career paths (A.I./Brain computer-interfacing/Software Engineer) Degree in Computer Science or degree in Artificial Intelligence.
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At undergraduate level there isn't a huge distinction between 'Computer Science' and 'AI'. All good compSci courses should cover some AI and all good AI courses would sit within a broader program of compSci. For example, we have a general Computer Science BSc (https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/study/underg...cience-bsc.htm) and a Computer Science (AI) BSc (https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/study/underg...telligence.htm). The two are actually pretty much identical. The only distinction is that you have to pick 2 of the AI related modules in your 4th year and your dissertation must focus on an AI related topic (and you could do this anyway on the general degree). The decision between the two is therefore fairly unimportant - it shouldn't really have any bearing on your university experience or future career. Obviously different unis might make different levels of distinction between their degrees so be sure to check before applying but I suspect most will be similar in that the differences will be minor. If you have any other questions do let me know!

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(Original post by Heriot-Watt University - Student Rep)
At undergraduate level there isn't a huge distinction between 'Computer Science' and 'AI'. All good compSci courses should cover some AI and all good AI courses would sit within a broader program of compSci. For example, we have a general Computer Science BSc (https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/study/underg...cience-bsc.htm) and a Computer Science (AI) BSc (https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/study/underg...telligence.htm). The two are actually pretty much identical. The only distinction is that you have to pick 2 of the AI related modules in your 4th year and your dissertation must focus on an AI related topic (and you could do this anyway on the general degree). The decision between the two is therefore fairly unimportant - it shouldn't really have any bearing on your university experience or future career. Obviously different unis might make different levels of distinction between their degrees so be sure to check before applying but I suspect most will be similar in that the differences will be minor. If you have any other questions do let me know!

Dan
Data Science, MSc @ HWU
Thank you, this has really helped. Yes I’ll explore further into what is offered within the CS or A.I. Degrees. But thanks a lot.
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I really like Dan’s response. If I can add, AI is a very specialised field let alone degree. I think you would be safer to learn Computer Science as your “base” degree and then depending on how the future of the tech industry develops and how it aligns with your interests, you can “top” off your base degree with a Masters focused on something like AI/ML or anything else thats trending; even Cloud. But Cloud you can self-learn too. (just examples).
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