Computer engineering is the one field where students have so many prospects that they are spoilt for choice. As technology is the one thing that drives this world closer, and it keeps on changing rapidly, the demand for computer engineers will never diminish.

That said, computer engineering has several branches. Most of the students continue on to jobs after being placed during their final year. However, there is also a large number of students that goes for specialisation in terms of an ME, MTech or an MS abroad.

Here is a list of options that you can choose from, if you want to pursue specialization after doing a B.Tech in Computer Engineering:

As a student, if you want to pursue specialization after doing a B.Tech in Computer Engineering, you would have three different paths to take. You can opt for any one of these:

  • An MSc or MS (Master of Science as it is known in foreign universities).
  • MPhil (Master of Philosophy)
  • M.Tech (Master of Technology) / ME (Master of Engineering)

However, as Computer Science engineering in India is a very broad topic, students usually choose their field during their final year of B.Tech. They can also opt for a simple M.Tech or ME in Computer Science.

This is a two-year post graduate course to which admission is granted either through entrance exam or their graduation level merit, depending on the institution they have applied for.

This specialization allows students to study the theory, design, development, application and maintenance of software and hardware computer systems. It covers the core subjects of computer science such as operating systems, theory of computation, design and analysis of algorithms, data structures and database systems. It involves studying programming languages, mathematical foundations, numerical analysis, theory of computing, bioinformatics, program design, computer hardware.

Course Suitability

This course is suitable for the students who have:

  • Critical thinking, sound math skills, problem-solving talents
  • interest in technology, mathematics and science
  • familiarity with programming and computer hardware / software
  • plans to make a career in computer technology

Top Institutes providing post graduate courses in Computer Sciences:

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore 

A post graduation in Software is another specialization a Computer Science B.Tech can look for. This is another two-year course where the admission process is either through an entrance exam like GATE or merit-based.

This specialization is a systematic and disciplined approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software. It covers the fundamentals of the computer software, including understanding system requirements, finding appropriate engineering compromises, effective methods of design, coding and testing. It involves high-performance programming, understanding system requirements, advanced data structures, software systems design, among others.

Course Suitability

This specialization can be chosen by:

  • students interested in software development
  • those with strong analytical strength and situational intelligence
  • those interested in computer and intelligent systems

Top Institutes providing post graduation course in Software

  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani
  • Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad
  • P.S.G. College of Technology, Coimbatore
  • Birla Institute of Technology (BIT MESRA), Ranchi

A student can also look at the lucrative Information Technology for a postgraduate specialization. Anyone with a BE or B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering can opt for this two-year course

This specialization generally involves all hardware, software and technical theory used in the storing, creation and accessing of information. It includes IT management, computer circuitry, systems analysis, database management, artificial intelligence, business management, software applications, among others. Professionals in this field work with firewalls, databases, media storage devices, networks and the Internet.

Top Institutes providing post graduate courses in Information Technology

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
  • National Institute of Technology (NITK), Karnataka, Surathkal
  • Delhi Technological University (DTU), New Delhi
  • Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad

Nowadays Information Security / Cyber Security is another popular post graduation specialization among Computer Science Engineers. Under this specialization, a computer science engineer can gain necessary skills for the protection of networks, communication, and data. Apart from this, they also gain the knowledge to plan, implement, and manage enterprise level security and system integrity. It offers technical modules as well as modules dealing with social, legal and management aspects. It enables students to maintain a digital document chain for any structured investigation to find out exactly what happened on a computing device, who are responsible for it and how to avoid the intrusion in future.

This course is suitable for students interested in cyber security and have sound knowledge of basic network security practices, system controls, cyber-crime patterns. They should always be eager to update themselves with the changing trends in cyber technologies.