Comparison of Common Methods to Learn Software Engineering in Singapore

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Do you dream of becoming a programmer? Or perhaps you are planning a career switch to fulfill a lifelong goal of being a software developer. Regardless, anyone can learn software engineering and achieve a rewarding career in the field.

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.

MethodCostDurationCurriculum ReputationTypical Perception of Graduates
Computer Science degreeHigh (~S$14,000)~4 yearsStructured 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.
Self-learningLowFlexibleLearning 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.
Postgraduate ProgramHigh (~S$10,000)1-2 yearsStructured 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.
BootcampModerate (~$5000)3-6 monthsStructured learning
Typically focused on practical skills, with little Computer Science knowledge being taught
Less theoretical foundation, decent practical software experience through building applications.

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