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From: C.D.H.Williams@exeter.ac.uk (Charles DH Williams)
Subject: Re: Master with or without thesis?
Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 13:34:22 +0000
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In article <2S8N9.firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Gretzteam"
> First, is there a difference from a company's perspective between a master
> degree with a thesis or one without a thesis? There is usually a project
> required for the latter case, but less elaborated than a real thesis.
I assume you are asking about the UK qualifications.
IMO it won't make much difference to most employers which degree you have.
In a small fraction of cases the MSc may give you an edge if it is in an
area of direct relevance to a subject they are directly interested in. In
both cases recruiters will take the M level as being an indication that
you have the ability to cope with professional level technical material
given a limited amount of supervision.
> Second, what is the difference between the M.Eng and M.Sc.A master degree?
> Sometimes, very interesting subject in dsp only leads to a M.Sc.A instead of
> a M.Eng since there is more mathematics/statistics involved and the courses
> are divided between the engineering and science department.
The main difference is how they are funded. M.Eng are funded through the
same mechanisms as all undergraduate degrees (local authorities, student
loans). M.Sc. are funded by the individual students, or employers and/or
If you wish to gain Chartered Engineer status then you may find that one
or other degree bring certain exemptions from some of the hurdles.
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