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Question concerning english M.Sc. students/grads

Svend Rost
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Joined: Oct 23, 2002
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Hi Ranchers,

I've got a few questions regarding english computer science(CS) students. I
tried to search for the data on google, but didn't manage to find what
I was looking for.

At what age do you graduate (M.Sc in CS or equivalent) in England ?

Is it normal, that CS students have an IT-related job during their
studies (e.g. half-time job) - and if so, for many years?

Thanks in advance,

/Svend Rost
Ravi Sekar
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Joined: Jan 01, 2006
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dont know about England but in India BS students graduate at 21 and MS students at 23..
Sara Jahan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2003
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Originally posted by Svend Rost:
At what age do you graduate (M.Sc in CS or equivalent) in England ?

Is it normal, that CS students have an IT-related job during their
studies (e.g. half-time job) - and if so, for many years?



During my MSc course in England, the ages of my classmates ranged from early 20s to late 30s. But most of the students were early 20s.

It is difficult to find an IT-related part-time job that hire students. If you are lucky you may find one.

Didn't understand what you meant by the "...and if so, for many years..." part of your question. The MSc in UK is mostly one-year long.
Svend Rost
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Thanks for both of your replies. Any feedback is appriciated.

Originally posted by Sara Jahan:
During my MSc course in England, the ages of my classmates ranged from early 20s to late 30s. But most of the students were early 20s.

So, as I understand your average M.Sc in CS is around 23 when they graduate.

Originally posted by Sara Jahan:
Didn't understand what you meant by the "...and if so, for many years..." part of your question. The MSc in UK is mostly one-year long.


Sorry about that. What I meant was: after how many years does your average
CS student get a job besides their study. For instance, after studying 2�
years (In Denmark it takes 5 years to grad., 3 years for the bachelor and
2 years for the master) I got my first job.

The reason im asking is that I consider to move to England when I graduate
in June and I'd like to know how hard the competition is. My problem is, that
it seems as if we graduate later than you ( around 25 ) which potentially
can be a problem.

/Svend Rost
Sara Jahan
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Joined: Apr 20, 2003
Posts: 120
Hey,

Sorry for a late reply.

The thing is not many home students go for a Masters just after doing Bachelors. They usually start working straight away. There are many Graduate jobs that are meant for fresh BA/BSc graduates from the uni. That doesnt mean you cannot get a Graduate job after a Masters. You do.

I don't think age is much of a criterion in UK. I dont think you should dwell too much on it. Just my humble opinion. I think you should speak with few others as well.

/Sara
Ali Hussain
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Joined: Jun 19, 2005
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I do not think your age would be a problem. As a matter of fact, I am little surprised that you consider it an issue, after all you are only 25. Recently one of my friends(26 years old Swedish guy) graduated from an English university and now working in the UK. Good luck with your job search.


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Dave Lenton
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Its not uncommon in the UK for people to work for a while between a BSc and a MSc. In fact its probably more common for people not to have a MSc at all.

Some people also study for a MSc part time at an evening course, so they can combine working with studying.


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