Comparison of Common Methods to Learn Software Engineering in Singapore

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Comparison of Common Methods to Learn Software Engineering in Singapore
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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Obtaining a degree in Computer Science is one way, but there are other methods to learn software engineering even after tertiary education. The three most common ones are: self-learning, bootcamps, and postgraduate programmes like diplomas and Master’s degrees. 

Gain insight into the tertiary and post-tertiary ways of learning software engineering at a glance, and review each method in detail below.

  • Method
  • Cost
  • Duration
  • Curriculum Reputation
  • Typical Perception of Graduates

1. Computer Science degree

  • Cost: High (~S$14,000)
  • ~4 years
  • Structured learning
  • Good theoretical foundation
  • Relatively less practical exposure
  • Good theoretical foundation, may not have practical software experience

Read more about the pros and cons of undertaking a computer science degree.

2. Self-learning

  • Cost: Low/Free
  • Flexible
  • Learning at your own pace
  • Focus on practical skills
  • Lack of learning structure, mentors, and fellow peers for can make this method challenging
  • No strong signal about level of proficiency

Thinking of self-learning software engineering? Here are some resources.

3. Postgraduate Programme

  • Cost: High (~S$10,000)
  • 1-2 years
  • Structured learning
  • Students need to gain practical exposure in their own time
  • Good theoretical foundation, unlikely to have practical software experience

See more information about postgraduate programmes here.

4. Bootcamp

  • Cost: Moderate (~S$5,000)
  • 3-6 months
  • Structured learning
  • Typically focused on practical skills, with little Computer Science knowledge being taught
  • Less theoretical foundation, decent practical software experience through building applications

Interested in coding bootcamps in Singapore? Here are three reasons why they might be the choice for you.

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