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I'm currently studying for my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science in Germany. I've noticed that UK Master's programs, even at such prestigious universities as Oxford or Edinburgh, only offer 1 year Master's programs for full time study. In Germany, on the other hand, Master's are usually 2 years / 4 semesters.

I was wondering how this is perceived in academia. Say for a professor in the US offering a PhD position, would he expect people from the German two-year program to be better at their subject? (Assuming grades are similar).

  • Are you looking at taught masters courses, or research ones? – Jessica B Nov 10 '14 at 7:26
  • Tendency is towards a taught one, but I'm also open to a research one. – helm Nov 10 '14 at 8:32
  • In general, a student who has completed an MS thesis (as opposed to doing a course-work only MS) will be better prepared for PhD research. Furthermore, the thesis itself is something that a potential PhD advisor can evaluate as evidence of the student's research ability. MS degrees with course-work only are typically "terminal" master's degrees designed to prepare students for careers in industry rather than further study at the PhD level. – Brian Borchers Nov 10 '14 at 15:05
  • @BrianBorchers I did assume that all MS programs would require writing a thesis. At least for the one-year program in Edinburgh, these seems to be the case: inf.ed.ac.uk/student-services/teaching-organisation/… – helm Nov 10 '14 at 20:40

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