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MEng vs BEng + Msc (UK)

  1. Sep 16, 2009 #1
    I wanted to know which combination would be better, in general. They would both last 4 years, so that's the same. I'll be paying overseas fees, so there is no difference in cost.

    As far I see, the BEng + Msc is better since you end up with two degrees. what do you guys think?
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  3. Sep 16, 2009 #2


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    Number of degrees is pretty irrelevant, if you just want letters after your name then why not buy your qualifications off the internet?

    The BEng + MSc route would be biased slightly in favour of academia, and may require a lot more self study during the MSc part. You will have achieved learning at masters level here, which may assist if you have particularly high aims within a professional institution, or within academia. Final year projects are often very academic, and are normally individual rather than team based. If a research-based MSc, you'll possibly have very few lectures.

    The MEng route tends to be angled slightly more towards industry, and while you'll have a broader education, learning will only be to masters level and not as in-depth as above. Final year activity will be largely team based, and will likely have close industrial links.

    Given the choice, I'd recruit the MEng graduate, since he'll typically have more of a grip on industrial issues, teamwork, and 'real life' situations. An academic or highly research based organisation might well prefer the MSc grad (particularly if the BEng and MSc are from different institutions in different cities).

    What do you want to do with your life?
  4. Sep 17, 2009 #3
    thanks man
  5. Sep 17, 2009 #4
    I'd suggest doing the BEng + MSc if you want to specialise in something very specific seeing as you are paying full whack anyway.

    I am a home student and did the 4 year MEng course, becuase basically it was a fully funded masters. I did find it to be much less flexible that an equivilant BEng + MSc courses. For me it was slightly different, we do group work with industry in year 3 and then the final thesis in year 4.

    I agree 100% with what brewnog said about where each one is focused. In the end though you still come out with a level 7 qualification, so it realyl doesnt matter too much.
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