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I don't know what subject to pick

I am interested in Computer Science and Engineering (mechanical, electrical and civil). I enjoy all of them but I don't know which one I should study at university. Which subject would you recommend and why? I'm currently doing A levels in maths and physics and a Cambridge technical in IT. Thanks!
Hey there! It's great to hear that you have an interest in Computer Science and Engineering. With your background in A levels in Maths and Physics, as well as the Cambridge Technical in IT, you already have a strong foundation for both fields.

When it comes to choosing between Computer Science and Engineering (mechanical, electrical, or civil), it ultimately depends on your personal preferences and career goals. Here are a few things to consider:

Computer Science is a rapidly growing field with a wide range of applications. It focuses on software development, algorithms, data structures, and programming languages. If you enjoy problem-solving, logic, and working on software and technology-based projects, Computer Science could be a great fit for you. It offers opportunities in areas like software engineering, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data analysis.

On the other hand, Engineering disciplines like mechanical, electrical, and civil involve the design, development, and implementation of physical systems. If you're interested in building and creating tangible products, infrastructure, or working with complex systems, Engineering might be a better choice. Mechanical Engineering deals with machines and mechanical systems, Electrical Engineering focuses on electrical circuits and devices, and Civil Engineering involves designing and constructing infrastructure like bridges and buildings.

Consider what aspects of each field resonate with you the most. Are you drawn to coding, algorithms, and software development? Or do you have a passion for designing and building physical systems? Researching job prospects and talking to professionals in both fields can also give you valuable insights.

Perhaps you could go to open days at universities to speak to academics from different courses. They will be able to give you an idea about how the courses run and what to expect career-wise from each!

Ultimately, the decision should be based on your interests, long-term career goals, and what you envision yourself enjoying and excelling in. Remember, you can always pursue additional specialisations or interdisciplinary opportunities in the future. Good luck with your decision-making process!
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Book a place on some University Open Days and sign up for the subject presentations for a range of these subjects.
These will explain what that subject is all about at degree level and help you decide.

Remember that you do not have to submit you UCAS application until next January - whatever your school tells you - so you have lots of time to look around and make a decision.
Original post by mattjh-
I am interested in Computer Science and Engineering (mechanical, electrical and civil). I enjoy all of them but I don't know which one I should study at university. Which subject would you recommend and why? I'm currently doing A levels in maths and physics and a Cambridge technical in IT. Thanks!


Hi! I've just finished my first year doing CS at Heriot so I thought I might be able to give some advice :smile:

I would say to look at the course modules for each type of degree and see what interests you the most. Comp Sci is more behind the scenes while engineering usually is more hands-on, physically creating things. If you like the look at both the course modules maybe also have a look at what masters degrees you could go into and job in the future. I know it's really hard to predict what career you want to have now but if you have a look and find a job you really like that needs a specific degree it's worth taking that into account. Another thing that might be good is to look at the entry requirements for the different degrees to see if you can take them at some of the universities you like the look of.

If you have any questions about how my first year doing Computer Science went or Heriot-Watt as a Uni please feel free to ask! :smile:

- Jessica
1st year, Computer Science (Artificial intelligence)
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Hi Jessica thanks for your help. I was wondering what your favourite modules have been in your first year and what optional modules do you think you will take next year and why? Thank you!

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