Significant change of direction from BSC to MSC (Computing > Neuroimaging)

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Hi all!

I have been considering going back to univercity after graduating ~5 years ago with a 1st in Web Application Development.

I am uninterested in doing a Masters in a computing field, and have been looking for something I would be more interested in.

After 5 years working in the gaming/online casino industry as a tester then a project manager. I want to move into a career that helps people, either through research or clinical. Originally I was looking to do a bachelors in social work, but I beleive funding would be hard due to already having a BSc.

I noticed some masters do not require a specific undergrad degree.

I have landed on "Neuroimaging: Methods and Applications (MSc)" at Cardiff univercity.

I have contacted the univercity and they sent me a reading list that students get recommended while on the course. I have ordered some of the material and will be chewing on it when it arrives.

I also asked if they have had a previous computing student on the course before, and they said they haven't. Although the "Course Director would consider a Computer Science qualification when accessing applications."

They also asked that include the answer to the following question in my application:
"How will your academic background allow you to meet the demands of this course?"

This is all well and good, but I'm quite worried that my background won't be compatable at all, and I may struggle on the course.

I have a number of questions that a neuroimaging student could really help me with, a lot of these questions are long shots.

* Has anyone here moved from a computing related course to neuroimaging. If so how did they get on? - Or as anyone moved from computing to neuropsychology?

* There is a connection between neuroimaging and programming (probobly python) that my background would help with. What is this connection and how much of an advantage would I have if I already have programming skills?

* Finally, can you recommend any other master courses that are tailored towards improving society in some way that do not require a specific undergrad degree.

Any answers would be a great help to me, any other information that could help me make this decision would also be appreciated.


Thankyou!
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(Original post by FrankieFastHands)
Hi all!

I have been considering going back to univercity after graduating ~5 years ago with a 1st in Web Application Development.

I am uninterested in doing a Masters in a computing field, and have been looking for something I would be more interested in.

After 5 years working in the gaming/online casino industry as a tester then a project manager. I want to move into a career that helps people, either through research or clinical. Originally I was looking to do a bachelors in social work, but I beleive funding would be hard due to already having a BSc.

I noticed some masters do not require a specific undergrad degree.

I have landed on "Neuroimaging: Methods and Applications (MSc)" at Cardiff univercity.

I have contacted the univercity and they sent me a reading list that students get recommended while on the course. I have ordered some of the material and will be chewing on it when it arrives.

I also asked if they have had a previous computing student on the course before, and they said they haven't. Although the "Course Director would consider a Computer Science qualification when accessing applications."

They also asked that include the answer to the following question in my application:
"How will your academic background allow you to meet the demands of this course?"

This is all well and good, but I'm quite worried that my background won't be compatable at all, and I may struggle on the course.

I have a number of questions that a neuroimaging student could really help me with, a lot of these questions are long shots.

* Has anyone here moved from a computing related course to neuroimaging. If so how did they get on? - Or as anyone moved from computing to neuropsychology?

* There is a connection between neuroimaging and programming (probobly python) that my background would help with. What is this connection and how much of an advantage would I have if I already have programming skills?

* Finally, can you recommend any other master courses that are tailored towards improving society in some way that do not require a specific undergrad degree.

Any answers would be a great help to me, any other information that could help me make this decision would also be appreciated.


Thankyou!
There could be some alternative courses you might want to consider? I am not a neuroscientist so cant help you in that regard,

but if you don't want to give up computer science just yet, there are really interesting links between the brain and comp sci, I remember finding a few courses that combined both, here are a few examples:

Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics MSc - at University of Birmingham

Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics MSc - at Newcastle University

Computational Neuroscience, Cognition and AI MSc - at Uni of Nottingham

Check the module descriptions for each and what is included, if i remember correctly there's a couple neuro comp ones at Uni of Sheffield that you can specifically choose modules like Neuroimaging & choose that pathway. (i was interested in this course)

(above was just a really quick search, if you conduct a more through search, only looking at Russel group unis etc, I'm sure you will find a course that interests you, introduces you into a new field without having to give up your old)

Hope I helped a little (:
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