What after B.Tech? This is a question faced by more than 70% of bachelor’s studying various disciplines of Engineering, be it Electrical Engineering or Civil Engineering. There are a plethora of options available that answer this question. One of which is Masters in Technology or M.Tech. There are a lot of question marks as you read more on the topic hence we’ll clear the air with some very fundamental details you should know about M.Tech.
M.Tech/M.E or M.S? What is the difference?
Masters in Technology/Engineering and MS are essentially two similar areas where you choose an area for specialization and work/study on it. The difference between the two is that M.Tech is a course similar to B.Tech, and M.S is a PG degree that focuses on research. M.Tech is strictly a 2-year course while M.S can go longer based on your given topic for research. After completing M.Tech, you are free to look for jobs, on the other hand after completing M.S your priority is your research and PhD career rather than looking for a job. Of course, one cannot be put above the other but there is a clear difference between them, as in M.Tech you ace exams meanwhile for M.S you get research papers done and published.
Do’s/Don’ts when going for Masters
* Course – Masters differ from bachelor’s in the sense that you don’t specialize in a course. Hence when you are going for masters you should not choose a course or specialization that is based upon external influences, say what your friend says. Go through the course catalogue, content the facilities, the resources before choosing a specialization.
* University – Do thorough research before you apply for any course at a given university. There might be a better course available or there might be something better you like. Choosing a university is as important as choosing the course. You should not make the decision in a hurry.
* Admission – Admission procedures, especially if it’s to a foreign university, is a long and monotonous procedure. Keep in mind all the deadlines given by the university, their entrance criteria, and such as each of these differ from country to country. The same can be said for the duration of the course (1-2 years). Plus, universities abroad would require scores for language tests (Like IELTS or TOEFL), hence it would be wise to start prepping for this early enough and not rush for everything at the last minute.
* Documents – This range from language tests to visas to scholarships. None of these would have their deadlines very close to the end line and would have opened their portals way beforehand. Especially in the case of scholarships, they come out well before 6 months of the actual admission. Thus documentation and application should be done well in advance and not kept for the last minute. The same goes for getting letters of recommendation if those are necessary.
M.Tech in India OR Abroad?
M.Tech is a common term for students in India, but when you go abroad it’s termed as Master in Engineering or MS in engineering. Well, the course specifications are limited to what the university can provide so when going for specialization what is needed is to focus on how good the course is. Don’t choose a university solely because of its reputation. Sometimes their reputation comes from a course that is not what you want. As for M.Tech in India, you can get into any IIT’s, NIT’s or any other national institutions that provide a wide variety of specifications. This is usually taken via the GATE examination. As for studying abroad, you can write GRE exams with language tests. In either case, there are various scholarships available based on your marks.
In India, top scorers of GATE are provided with scholarships. There are other grants/schemes available too, based on various other factors. When going abroad, different countries have different schemes when it comes to scholarships. Again, exam scores and grants you can apply for exists. This varies from country to country.
This is a mere common outlook into Masters in Technology or M.Tech and what it entails. Each of the M.Tech streams is very different in its own way and has different opportunities and universities that provide them.