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What is a master of science and who is it awarded to?

I will be starting my postgraduate studies soon but I have not decided which course to do. While doing research, I noticed the term ‘master of science’ but I did not understand its meaning. I would like to know the meaning of the term because I want to pursue a science course since my bachelor degree was science related. So, what is a Master of Science degree and who gets this award? I would also like to know the masters degree years it would take for me to complete the program.

Samantha Stevenson

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Ramon Kelly on March 30, 2018

Post-graduate studies are very diverse. There are different types of degrees, majors and specializations to choose from. There are also numerous abbreviations that are used to describe these courses. A good example is M.Sc. which refers to Master of Science degrees.

Master of sciences is used to refer to a common type of degree that is offered by different universities worldwide. The master degree years for these degrees differ. There are programs that take one year and others that take 2 years. An M.Sc. is awarded to students in any of the following fields.

  • Natural Sciences

This is a field that includes courses like Applied Biotechnology, Infection Biology, Molecular Life Sciences, Biomedicine, Applied Mathematics, Neuroscience, Statistics, Microbiology and others. In order to pursue a master program in this field, you need to have a bachelor’s degree in any of these fields.

  • Information Technology

The master programs in this field are all computer related. If you choose to pursue a master in this field, you can do courses like Information Systems, Cloud Computing, Computational Science, Health Informatics, Video Games and Multimedia and Business Information Systems among others.

  • Social Sciences

These are courses that deal with human interactions and the society at large. If you are not a very social person, this might not be the course for you. Examples of course in this field include; Psychology, Intercultural Communication, Human and Social Services, Cultural Studies, Cognitive Studies and Criminology among others.

  • Earth Sciences

These are programs involving the study of the earth such as Sustainable Destination, Communities and Ecosystems, Earth Science and Humanities.

  • Engineering Sciences

Engineering Sciences encompass studies relating to inventions of new devices and technology.  Examples of courses in this field include; Wind Power Project Management, Industrial Management, Online Construction Project, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and others.

  • Applied Sciences

Applied Sciences are the kind of courses that train people for specific kind of jobs. It is commonly referred to as vocational training. Some of the courses in this field include Forensic Science, Emergency Management, Food Sciences, Social Work, Library Science, Military Science and Fashion, Textiles and Luxury Goods among others.

M.Sc. is a very diverse field. Therefore, you need to have an idea of what you want to pursue so that you can choose the right course. The best way to go about it is to consider what you pursued during your bachelors and choose something in line with that. This will help you narrow down to one suitable course.

Leigh Mann2 years ago

A master of science is any master degree that is considered a science. In most cases, these courses are very hands-on. You will be getting most of your training in workshops or laboratories depending on which course you take. These courses also require you to do a lot of studying because most of the things you will be learning you will be required to apply in your job when you start working. M.Sc. programs are very marketable because the world can never have enough scientists. This is because things are always changing and there is always a need for new ideas and new approaches to doing things. Therefore, you can be assured that you will not miss an opportunity to utilize your skills once you are done with your master program. You can get a job in a governmental institution, in a non-governmental institution or start your own business. Therefore, it is always a good idea to pursue M.Sc. programs.


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