Question: Can I study master's degree in another field (or adjacent field) if I have a master's degree already without a bachelor degree?

Explanation: At the moment I am studying master's degree in computer science while skipping bachelor degree based on work experience. And I was wondering if is is possible to study for example Math's or Physic's master (probably direction a bit more connected with CS) directly ? Maybe some extra courses would be needed as well?

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    For which country are you asking for?
    – bantandor
    Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 11:11
  • For United Kingdom, but i'd say answer related to Canada, US if not UK would be very beneficial as well. Commented Mar 29, 2016 at 11:27

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Short answer is: Probably ok, so long as you demonstrate graduate-level competency and have good undergraduate grades in the adjacent field.

Long answer: Graduate work (at the Master's level) looks very different from undergraduate, so the key is demonstrating, via your application to the program (support from a faculty member in that area goes a long way too--so contacting such a person and discussing it with them before your application is important), that you are capable of self-learning and can pick up the introductory principles of the adjacent field as you go.


This is the entry requirement for (randomly selected) Loughborough's MSc in physics, my emphasis:

A 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in physics, science or engineering, or appropriate professional experience.

So the answer is yes for the UK (which OP tagged) at least in principle. I'd think that your success will depend on a) how many graduate applicants have 2:1's or 1's to their names and b) just how appropriate your experience is.

But surely this will depend on the institution, so I'd advise you look at each potential school's requirements.


Your case is so weird, and probably the answer to the question is very local-based. Where I come from is not possible at all, by government regulations, you cannot do a master without a bachelor

  • weird? can you elaborate please?
    – EarlGrey
    Commented Apr 12 at 8:12
  • Sorry for late reply, I totally abandoned this website some time ago. By weird I mean is out of common standards and it's also out of logic, academy, like military, like religion institutes is based on hierarchy, only in exepctional times a soldier become an officer, and a low rank officer become a General, you cannot expect to be accepted in Masters if you don't have a bachelor, it is already questionable to have a PhD if you have not got a Masters (they doit tho). your country should have special rules that allow you for that. But obviously you are not asking my personal opinion about it
    – sujeto1
    Commented Jun 14 at 7:00

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