Hi everyone. I'm having trouble deciding between two universities. I've gotten offers to one MSc and one MREs. At this time I'm unsure if I want to do a PhD in the future so does doing the MREs put me at a disadvantage for non-research careers? The MSc uni is very good but the MREs one is a top 5 uni, so it's making my decision very hard! I don't want to be stuck in research if I choose the MREs but I also don't want to pass up the opportunity to go to such a great uni.
So I guess I'm really asking if I could get the same non-PhD jobs with both?
(PS the degree is in wildlife conservation)
If you don't want to do a phd then no, it won't make a difference for jobs. Only that doing an MRes is more likely to give you publications that will help your cv. Some people do better in the research rather than class room teaching. Do whatever course is more appealing to you.
I agree with all the comments so far - if your qualification is for industry/job then complete something relevant to the role you want. University and type of Masters will be irrelevant - I'd even go as far as to say your grade will be irrelevant too, simply having a Masters will be enough to give you a slight advantage but having it in an area of interest to the company and being able to demonstrate that in interviews will set you apart.
If going to a top 5 uni is important to you then you should go for that one - otherwise you'd probably regret it based on what you've said.
As others are also saying here - yes, you can get non-research jobs with an MRes. The MRes is geared toward research (hence the name) but not to the exclusion of everything else. Some or most of my peers from the MRes have gone on to do non-PhD/non-research jobs.
Sounds like you've answered your own question - go for the MSc if that's the work you feel passionate about doing. Having the name of a prestigious institution on your CV never hurts, but I don't think it matters as much at postgraduate level, and it's definitely not worth struggling through a course that doesn't suit you and you don't really want to do just for that.
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