Open University: BSc Engineering or Computing with Electronic Engineering

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Hi,
I am considering a career change to robotics, but my undergraduate is in humanities. As all masters in robotics seem to require either Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Math Undergraduates to be admitted, and I have a full-time job, I am considering the part-time BSc Engineering or BSc Computing with Electronic Engineering at the Open University (over 6 years, so a big commitment).

Has anyone done these degrees, and could advise if they are useful to get into a robotics Masters or job? I am tending towards the second one (Computing with Electrical), as it has Computing as well. However, the pure Engineering has much more modules on material properties, and math, which I feel would be helpful. It lacks computing though, so no reinforcement learning, etc,

Thanks!
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The EECS option ismore relevant for robotics specifically, as generally robotics falls mainly into electrical/electronic engineering, since the majority of the design considerations will be electronic and systems/control engineering type work, and then programming that. However, the "general" engineering option may give you more flexibility in going a different direction later if you so choose. Particularly if you're planning to do a specialised masters in the area anyway, you aren't really losing much by doing a more general course first, and you gain that flexibility which can be helpful. So it may be worth doing the general engineering option, try and pick up some programming skills along the way outside of your formal courses, and then do the masters, and you'll probably be about as well prepared as the other route in the end, but with a slightly broader skillset.
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(Original post by artful_lounger)
The EECS option ismore relevant for robotics specifically, as generally robotics falls mainly into electrical/electronic engineering, since the majority of the design considerations will be electronic and systems/control engineering type work, and then programming that. However, the "general" engineering option may give you more flexibility in going a different direction later if you so choose. Particularly if you're planning to do a specialised masters in the area anyway, you aren't really losing much by doing a more general course first, and you gain that flexibility which can be helpful. So it may be worth doing the general engineering option, try and pick up some programming skills along the way outside of your formal courses, and then do the masters, and you'll probably be about as well prepared as the other route in the end, but with a slightly broader skillset.
Interesting advice, thank you. The additional flexibility would be good in case my interest changes over the course of the 6 years.
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