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About to Graduate in the UK - Questions on UK+EU Masters

  1. Dec 15, 2012 #1
    I'm in the 3rd year of my BSc Physics degree in the UK and have decided that I think I'd like to do a Masters too. For background info, I should graduate with a solid First (+70%) and I probably won't go on to do a PhD.

    My options at the moment are either switch to the 4 year course at the same institution within the UK, or seek out a course in Europe. This is because of tuition fees - I'd get a loan in the UK and most European unis charge considerably less or nothing for EU students. The bonus for studying in Europe is mostly cultural, learn a language and so on

    So I have a few questions:

    1. Can anyone recommend any good MSc Physics programmes? My only requirements are that they teach in English and the course takes 1 year. As far as I'm aware most programmes take 2 so it has been difficult to find them through Googling alone.

    2. How do a BSc and an MSc compare in the graduate jobs market between general and technical jobs?

    I know that many people who frequent this forum are from the US, so if you have any info or advice about graduate school in your country then I'd be very happy to hear that as well!

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  3. Dec 16, 2012 #2
    Just out of interest, do you have any idea what job you want to do? If you are going to do a masters you should start focusing on a specific career path rather than just getting "a good MSc".
  4. Dec 16, 2012 #3
    Thanks for the reply. Not really. I think I'd like to work outside the UK so I'm thinking about being competitive internationally. Perhaps working in the renewable energy sector. I've picked several modules and my project to take this into account, so I get what you mean about studying the things that will be useful in a future career.
  5. Dec 17, 2012 #4
    May I suggest that you look at Materials Science departments on uni websites?

    If you are looking at renewable energy manufacturing, magnets (specifically NdFeB or SmCo for wind turbines) are pretty cool. Organic (i.e. polymer based) solar cells are "the next big thing" but they aren't at maturity yet. There are all sorts of pilot projects out there. You could just pick one, find a masters, and hope for the best (this is what life is, isn't it?)

    I know people who have done masters in Nuclear Engineering from a physics background, if that is your type of thing.

    EDIT: I'm a material scientist so, yes, massive bias here.
  6. Dec 17, 2012 #5
    Most general jobs that physics graduates enter, like accountancy, management and consultancy won't give the slightest bit of a damn about a masters degree; however, a good, relevant masters can help your job prospects quite a lot in technical areas.
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