MS vs MTech
The dilemma of choosing between MS or MTech after B.Tech is quite common. People keep looking for difference between MS and M.Tech. Most of it exists due to the lack of knowledge/awareness about MS or MS(R) courses in India. Students in India are mostly acquainted with M.Tech as the ideal post graduation degree after B.Tech. So, when students confront MS or MS(R) as an option against M.Tech; the conventional ideology gives rise to the expected dilemma. Here’s an attempt to clear all your doubts and confusions, by letting you all know the real difference between the two courses: MS and M.Tech.
Before I start writing about the difference between the two courses, you guys must be wondering as to who am I to tell the difference between the two courses (just in case you haven’t been through other articles of mine and the About Us section of this website). I did MS(R) in Biochemical Engineering from IIT Delhi after B.Tech in Biotechnology from LPU. I went through the same dilemma which most of you would face or would have faced or would have been facing. I took a decision after a long thought process and lots of internet search, faculty consultations and most importantly after pondering over my own interests and goals. So, possibly I have something valuable enough to share with you all, and I hope some of it (if not all of it) might help you take an important decision of your career, today/tomorrow/any-time in future.
What is M.Tech?
Master of Technology, abbreviated as M.Tech, is the most famous post graduation degree in India for engineering undergraduates. A typical M.Tech degree is aimed at enhancing the skills of the students in some core set of courses so as to confer a specialization. Being a two year degree course, the first three semesters (1.5 years) are inclined towards course work while the last semester (6 months) is a mandatory project. Student may pursue the project within the institution or from some outside institute/industry as well.
(Some institutions have started giving impetus to project work in M.Tech, thereby making it mandatory for the students to do at least 1 year of Project, with some institutions even taking it to 1.5 years. Coursework though continues along.)
1. M.Tech, as the name suggests is technology oriented. Knowledge of technology is gained through studying the courses/subjects and associated laboratory practicals for 1.5 years.
2. Project work is not aggressive, and project reports are submitted just like the way one submits in B.Tech final year.
3. The courses you study and the orientation of final project decide your specialization.
1. Non-core companies still remain interested in you.
2. Core companies also remain interested in you.
3. You can apply for PhD as well.
Now looking into the aspects of M.Tech you must have been wondering about the utility of an MS course!
What is an MS?
MS is Master of Science. Well, MSc is also Master of Science, but MS is for those who have completed atleast 4 years of undergraduate degree course. So, MS is for Engineering people. But it’s apt for those engineering people who look for a research oriented career in Engineering. A typical MS course has only one semester (1st semester) of course work (5-6 subjects), followed by 1.5 years of project. It’s more popular as MS(R): Master of Science by Research in IITs and IIITs, and many more institutes in India. The major project you pursue is what decides your core specialization in the specialized degree. To put it clearly; I have a core specialization in Scale-up technology and Plant Tissue Cultivation; and I possess the specialization in Biochemical Engineering. Actually I pursued MS(R) in Biochemical Engineering with major project on Scale-up studies of Neem tissue culture in Bioreactors. I joined IIT Delhi in July 2011; and from July 2011 to January 2012 I studied some core subjects and lab classes while from January 2012 to July 2013 I did research on my chosen topic using all the skills taught in 1st semester; and those attained in B.Tech.
1. MS is like Mini-PhD. You need to do aggressive research and defend your project (thesis) exactly the way PhDs do.
2. MS is 75% practical research and 25% subjective knowledge.
3. It’s the most preferred degree for core field jobs.
4. Once you have an MS degree, your chances of getting a non-core job are really negligible. In fact it’s a waste of your research if you go for a non-core job after MS.
5. Getting PhD after MS is easy and you’ll be preferred over an M.Tech because of your research experience.
Hope this information helps you in some way.
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