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CS Degrees

What are all the types of CS degrees ranked by demand and how do uni degrees rank like do you start with Bachealor's degree and what's next
In the UK in terms of study you start with a bachelor's degree (usually a BSc but sometimes a BA, for CS), then you can move onto a masters (MSc, MRes, MPhil, etc) and/or PhD if you wish. There are also integrated undergraduate masters courses in CS (e.g. MSci, MComp, MEng), which have the benefit of being funded under the undergraduate funding model in the UK. You don't need a masters (standalone or integrated undergrad masters) to work in the computing sector though - in fact you don't even strictly need to go to uni for a CS degree, as many software development grad schemes will consider graduates from a range of numerate degrees (e.g. physics, maths, engineering) as well as CS, and there are many apprenticeships in the sector (including degree apprenticeships).

In terms of "CS degrees ranked by demand" this is pretty variable. Any generic league table ranking will probably give you a general idea of this though. Note some degrees will be more in demand due to location than actual quality of the course/department (i.e. many such courses in London). Conversely some may be less competitive for the same reason (Loughborough has sometimes suffered a bit due to this I gather; Warwick also, although for CS I think their "reputation" evens things out a bit more). These don't really tell you that much in general though, and you need to be very discerning in how you use them. If you want to understand how unis compare on a specific metric (e.g. student satisfaction, spend per student, etc) then they can be useful for that purpose. Overall though the methodologies are often somewhat vague and poorly defined.

Also bear in mind, simply doing a CS degree, "even" at Oxbridge/Imperial/etc, is not going to be sufficient to make you an employable graduate. Getting relevant work experience through internships, placements, etc, preparing to pass assessment centre activities like leetcode tests and psychometric tests, and developing transferable skills by engaging in leadership roles in societies etc while you're at uni that you can use to illustrate specific skills of value to employers in interview, will be more important than where you did your degree.
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