While the OP has probably graduated by now, I believe the answer to this question is culture dependent. My answer will focus on the industry part of OP's question.
First and foremost, the accepted answer was partly incorrect as it would be quite obvious to an experienced HR, from your CV, that your employment record and your degree overlapped in time. Thus one or both of them has to be part-time.
HRs from my Asian hometown care. Why?
While the OP was pursuing a degree from his/her home country, other readers coming across this question might enroll in an overseas program. In this case, a full-time degree overseas would entail multicultural exposure, which is an important employment consideration for multinational companies. Depending on the country where you get your degree, it may also imply that you can speak a foreign language.
Whereas a part-time degree from overseas would most likely imply distance learning and a lack of networking with fellow classmates in your research area. The argument stands even if the degree is from your home country, but a different city.
It does not matter if my weak "deduction" above may not necessarily be correct. As long as some HRs think this way, those jobs are forever lost to you. (This "some" becomes "most" in Asia.) Even if actual researchers in the industry consider you an equal, your application will go straight to the bin before ever reaching their desk.
Nonetheless, your experience at an R&D firm, if it is of the same area as your research, is much more important than whether your degree is full-time or part-time when it comes to hiring decision. The word "same" is stressed because, referring to the culture of my hometown again, unrelated experience is not considered working experience, at all.