Computer Science PhD following MSc CS Conversion - not realistic?

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Hey - I am currently completing an MSc Computer Science with Data Analytics at York. It's a 'conversion' course I am doing alongside work and I have a BSc in Economics. I've worked in tech consulting for a few years since graduating and initially wanted to move closer to becoming a developer rather than implementing the solutions.

However, I'm now enjoying the studying way more than I've ever enjoyed my job and am considering applying for a PhD on completion. I did some applied statistics as part of my undergrad and will be completing AI/ML and Big Data modules as part of my MSc (as well as the standard CS theory modules) and would love to get onto a PhD course in machine learning/data (generic, I know - I'm working on that). Am I going to be realistically too unqualified on completion to be considered for a PhD? (Particularly a funded one, as I can't afford to self-fund)

Would appreciate any and all advice!

Edit: My undergrad is a First from Kent and I am working on the assumption this is only even remotely realistic if I achieve a Distinction for my MSc, which I have confidence I will do.
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You would really have to ask around to different supervisors, but I'd say you probably have a reasonable chance, particularly if you lean on your economics background. Being multidisciplinary is very valuable for engineering PhDs so I would imagine there are at least some supervisors out there who would be keen on someone with your background.
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You would really have to ask around to different supervisors, but I'd say you probably have a reasonable chance, particularly if you lean on your economics background. Being multidisciplinary is very valuable for engineering PhDs so I would imagine there are at least some supervisors out there who would be keen on someone with your background.
Thanks for the speedy reponse. I hadn't considered that having an undergrad that isn't CS might help.
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Thanks for the speedy reponse. I hadn't considered that having an undergrad that isn't CS might help.
It only helps if you take advantage of it, which not everyone wants to do. But yeah, everyone in my group studied a different subject at undergrad to their PhD, so don't worry about having a different background. Use it to your advantage if you're happy to continue doing economics related things during your PhD.
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It only helps if you take advantage of it, which not everyone wants to do. But yeah, everyone in my group studied a different subject at undergrad to their PhD, so don't worry about having a different background. Use it to your advantage if you're happy to continue doing economics related things during your PhD.
I'm definitely interested in maintaining economics, that's good news. Thanks for the help!
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