I am an engineering student studying in India, and I will complete my Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering in June. I am looking forward to pursue a career as a researcher in Machine Learning, Signal Processing and Computer Vision.
Which is better :
- a 2 year master's degree in the US.
- or a 1 year master's degree + a 1 year MPhil degree in the UK.
What I think is the advantage of the UK approach is the following :
- Since the Master's course in UK is mostly coursework based and I don't have a formal background in computer science, it would be much more efficient if I learn't the relevant concepts first, before starting research.
- After the Master's course where I would have completed all the required coursework, I could spend a year in a more research oriented environment (during the MPhil degree).
As a result, I think the UK option is more suitable for me (it would be a more structured approach) as a student having completed his Bachelor's degree in Electronics engineering, and wishing to pursue research in a more computer science oriented field.
What I think is the advantage of the US approach :
- I plan on pursuing a PhD degree in an institution in the US, because (please correct me if I am wrong) the chances of fully funded PhD's are much higher in the US, than in UK. Thus, it would be easier for me (from the admissions point of view) to study in a Master's and a PhD program, both in the US.
Basically, what I am asking is :
- What are the merits/demerits of both the approachers, from the point of view of :
- Me as a researcher in the future
- Admissions to a PhD program