This is a bit long so please feel free to skip to tl:dr
I have a BSc Psychology degree (2:2), it was not the area for me and I struggled to find related work – I ended up being a support worker for four years. I then went abroad, teaching English and decided getting a MSc was the best way for me to make an alternative career, so I applied and was accepted to a university in Europe for a MSc in Human Media Interaction – with a pre-course option to bring me up to speed.
I hoped to work developing technology or software for people with disabilities (or just making tech more usable for all), I felt that the combination of concrete rule based-ness of the job, with some client based people interaction would be ideal for me.
However, the course was not what I was expecting and I did not do well on the weekly programming exams nor the maths, so I returned home. The university said I could return if I wanted too the following year, once I had worked on the skills needed,this is what I have done this past few months, my discrete maths is now around standard and programming skills are still to be worked on (I haven’t done as much as I would have liked – lack of time).
However, due to Brexit, the (Erasmus MSc+) funding has disappeared and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be reinstated. So I applied to some UK universities for their MSc conversion course with the view that I could specialise later. However, Liverpool declined me based on my 2:2 degree and Birmingham isn’t doable due to a need to commute (no funding available for living costs) but Manchester Metropolitan have offered me a place on the MSc Computing course, which I’m debating accepting.
However, I have some concerns:
1) what is the difference between Computing and computer Science – will it matter?
2) whether this course is a “good” course overall? I notice it doesn’t include a discrete maths module, or algorithms
3) What are my career prospects following the course?
tl:dr – Struggled to break into an industry, thought that a Human Media Interaction MSc would pave the way into a more suitable profession, had to come home to the UK, worked hard on the skills required and looking for advice on finding a way into this profession.
The MMU course