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Hello there. I am a maths with computer science student. I would like to do a masters in computer science. I am not sure where to apply. When considering an university, I am interested in the following:
  • the quality of the course - the module choice, how many modules can you take during the one year masters
  • the quality of education
  • the connections
  • the social environment - does the university have a good social environment that would allow you to meet people
  • the location - is the town/city good for students

There might be other things of importance too. I would like to hear any recommendations or anything you might have against a place. Perhaps from your own experience.
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I see that the motivation for doing a masters may be if the course/university adds value to make you more employable after one more year studying.. But if from the course these skills or benefits are not obvious or apparent, then maybe it's not worth doing one at all?

Have you considered the option of not doing a masters at all, and getting a job and some real world experience?

Is the motivation that you are unable to find employment with your existing BSc in Comp. Sci + Maths (assuming that's what you're doing?)
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I see that the motivation for doing a masters may be if the course/university adds value to make you more employable after one more year studying.. But if from the course these skills or benefits are not obvious or apparent, then maybe it's not worth doing one at all?

Have you considered the option of not doing a masters at all, and getting a job and some real world experience?

Is the motivation that you are unable to find employment with your existing BSc in Comp. Sci + Maths (assuming that's what you're doing?)
I understand why you think that the masters might not be worth it. Technically I don't have to do one. However, I think it will add value to my current degree. Some companies are more interested in postgraduate students, so I think that on its own might be of a value. Additionally, I like being at uni and I think uni does offer some things like meeting people, socialising. University is also a good place to start something of your own. I think if the environment is good then it will be worth spending one more year in education.

To answer your questions - I have thought of getting a job and this is not a bad idea since work experience probably is on the same level as masters, but I think the masters offers other things too. Finding a job initially might be easier with a masters degree, but after having one year work experience and then looking for another job, then I think they will be on the same level. It's just the other things you are getting in this environment that you don't at work - meeting people, having one more year of "student life", especially since covid has practically ruined half of the time on my bachelors course.

What do you think? Is it not worth it?
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I would say there are pros and cons of each.
If the Job was good, at a great company with a good team, and good project with interesting subject matter and technology, then you may get more tech, business and soft skills than a masters? Equally, work colleagues might be like minded and you may socialise with them at lunch, after-work, etc.. You'd also get paid!
Cons of work, you could be working for the rest of your life, and this is your option to do a masters. The job and colleagues may not be great...
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