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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


17 Aug 2017 1K Book icon 3 mins Share

What are the alternatives to a Computer Science degree abroad?

Heard of any alternatives lately to an MS in Computer Science degree abroad, for international students? What are those other options that you can look for?

17 Aug 2017 1K Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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What are the alternatives to a Computer Science degree abroad?

Did you apply for a degree abroad in Computer Science and was denied admissions and you thought that was the end? Or did you feel – gone are those days when I wanted to specialise in Computer Science? Or do you carry the dream of becoming an entrepreneur in your heart? Or, let’s say, you hate coding!

We’ve been seeing the power of the digital web and the way it has been gripping our moves with every byte of information and knowledge. The very first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is to search for your digital tool(s) and frantically check what messages you’ve received in to your inbox or what’s the hot/trending news around?

We’re here to tell you what are the alternatives (not back-up plans) to a Computer Science degree for international students abroad, who want to look beyond what others have been focusing at all these years.

According to a data generated from Fortune 500 companies and think-tanks, graduates in Computer Science or related degrees are more likely to secure high-paid jobs in the world. Moreover, US BLS has predicted that 3 out of 5 new job openings are going to be in Computer Science and related fields by 2022.

What are the alternatives to a Computer Science degree that you can choose abroad?

1. Cyber Security: London South Bank University offers MSc in Systems and Cyber Security, University of Greenwich offers MSc in Computer Forensics and Cyber Security. Other universities where you can apply include Anglia Ruskin University, University of South Wales, University of West London, De Montfort University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Queen’s University Belfast.

2. Information Systems: Aston University, Birmingham, has MSc in Information Systems and Business Analysis on offer. The University of Bedfordshire offers MSc in Information Systems Management. The other equally popular universities where you can apply are University of Surrey, University of South Wales, De Montfort University, IUKL Malaysia and Sheffield Hallam Universit

3. Math/Physics: Victoria University of Wellington offers masters in Applied Statistics. The other popular universities to study masters in Mathematics are University of Surrey, University of Bristol, Northern Arizona University, University of Toledo, University of Kentucky and University of Aberdeen.

Similarly, you can choose your masters in Physics from a number of universities like the University of Surrey that offers masters in Medical Physics. University of Bristol offers MSc in Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials. University of Sheffield offers MSc in Aerodynamics & Aerostructures, Quantum Photonics & Nanomaterials and Semiconductor Photonics & Electronics.  You can explore Swansea University if you want to study Antimatter Physics or Laser Physics or Nanotechnology. Utrecht University in the Netherlands offers some splendid courses like MSc in Climate Physics, Experimental Physics and Theoretical Physics.

4. Mechatronics Engineering: Some of the popular universities to study Mechatronics Engineering include RMIT University that offers masters in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering, Edith Cowan University that offers masters of Engineering(Mechatronics) and McMaster University. You can also apply at the University of Waterloo, University of Auckland and IIUM Malaysia for your masters.

5. Software Engineering: Some of the popular universities that offer masters in Software Engineering are Aston University, Aberystwyth University Department of Computer Science, University of West London, University of Portsmouth, APU Malaysia, Southampton Business School and University of Adelaide.

6. Electrical Engineering: You can choose masters in Electrical Engineering at the following universities: Plymouth University, Glasgow Caledonian University, London South Bank University, University of Greenwich, University of Bristol, Northern Arizona University, University of Toledo, Sheffield Hallam University, Swansea University and University of Kentucky.

Are you still thinking if you should follow the old footprints or create your own? Computer Science, undoubtedly, is a safe bet but it’s not a bad idea to look beyond and explore other relevant options as well.

The facts and figures are quite promising as per the US BLS that indicates computer and information research scientists will have 11% faster job growth by 2024, which is higher than the average for all occupations.

So which is more daunting to you? Is it a degree in Computer Science or a related degree, which will stand you in good stead as much as you desire.

Do you know that 57 per cent of workers’ visas are granted for Computer Science occupations in America due to the desperate need for computer science graduates? [Source: Linked in]

The Computer Science jobs that graduates can apply for are as follows:

  1. Software applications developer
  2. Software engineer
  3. Video game designer
  4. IT security specialist
  5. Computer systems analyst
  6. Network administrator
  7. Web developer
  8. Health & information technician
  9. Technology manager

According to Forbes list of ‘highest starting salary for 2015 graduates’, the top-paying jobs that were listed include computer engineering, software design and computer programming as 2nd, 4th and 5th most popular in the world, respectively. [Source: Linked in]

Hence, we can say that the computer science-related degrees are meant to give you a competitive edge in the present job market. As per the stats based on a survey of 1500 US colleges and universities, the following bachelors majors lead to some of the highest-paying jobs: Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Science & Mathematics, Accounting & Computer Systems and so on.

You have a cornucopia of facts and stats in hand now. All you need to do is to keep your options open and speak to us. Our study abroad counsellors can help you refine your choices. They can tell you which computer science course will be apt for your career. It’s worth giving a try so that you can free yourself from all doubts before hitting the ‘apply’ button on any university website. 

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