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UCD MSc in Computer Science (Conversion)

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    Registered Users Posts: 14 ✭✭✭ mickmccarthy

    I know there were many threads about this particular MSc. before, but I don't think my particular questions have been asked.

    To anyone who's been through this course: How useful was it? - i.e.:

    - Did it provide a solid foundational knowledge of computer science?
    - Development experience - did you gain good exposure to advanced programming concepts? Were there a sufficient number of development projects to balance out the theoretical concepts? Did you build full stack frontend to backend projects? etc.

    I did a H Dip CS conversion course in Griffith College a few years back. I switched from law. It was a decent course that gave me some exposure to Java, SQL, HTML, CSS, Computer Architecture etc. It was enough to get me a job as a DevOps engineer, but I've always felt that I've suffered from a low depth of foundational knowledge vs someone who did a 3/4 year BS in Computer Science. I was good at Java, but that was only a 3 month module. It was relatively easy to get a 1:1 overall, but it was basically a narrow intro to everything without any real depth.

    I've been wanting to upskill with a Masters, but I want to ensure that it's something much more substantial than what I've done before. My current job role involves writing basic scripts for installation - e.g. CMS (Chef cookbooks). I want a Masters to take me beyond this - challenge me to develop full stack software and also provide me with a solid grounding in theory. Not sure whether to go for this or a standard MSc. in CS (negotiated learning), since I don't wish to go for another vague one-year course that touches many areas, but covers none in sufficient detail.

    Thanks for reading. Feedback greatly appreciated.