Aerospace to MSC in astrophysics?

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Summary: Master in astrophysics from aerospace science

I am studying Aerospace Science and Technology and I always want to study theoretical physics and astrophysics. So, can I do a MSC in astrophysics or theoretical physics or must I learn more things about the subject to be ready? Is astrobiology a possible subject to get involved with?
 
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must I learn more things about the subject to be ready?

A master's is a graduate degree, and it starts where an undergrad degree leaves off.
 
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A master's is a graduate degree, and it starts where an undergrad degree leaves off.
Yes i understand, but can i study either one of above options from a degree in aerospace science & technology?
 
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Yes i understand, but can i study either one of above options from a degree in aerospace science & technology?

Here's the problem. Nowhere in any of your posts did you state your end goal. What exactly do you want to be when you grow up? Even if you did get to do a M.Sc in Astrophysics, why are you choosing M.Sc in particular, considering that if you wish to work in the field of Astrophysics, a Ph.D degree is typically necessary?

It is NEVER IMPOSSIBLE to go from one undergraduate major into graduate major in a different field. So the silly answer to your original question is, "Yes, it is possible." However, you need to ask whether (i) this is likely, and (ii) how difficult is the transition. "Astrophysics" is a physics subfield, meaning this is another field of study within physics, similar to nuclear physics, condensed matter physics, high energy physics, etc...etc. Students typically specialize in such fields after their undergraduate degree and going into graduate program (M.Sc., Ph.D). What this means is that you need the same foundational knowledge as any typical undergraduate physics major. Do you have this?

You also did not indicate where in the world you are, or when you intend to pursue this. In the US, most graduate program in physics requires that you pass a qualifying exam, even for a Masters degree. Have you looked at sample problems being asked in such a qualifying exam? Do you think you are well-prepared to pass such exams?

https://www.physicsforums.com/threa...if-my-bachelors-degree-isnt-in-physics.64966/
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Thank you for your answer. I will start my undergrad program in Greece this fall, but i always wanted to have a job either in astrophysics or astrobiology.
 
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Thank you for your answer. I will start my undergrad program in Greece this fall, but i always wanted to have a job either in astrophysics or astrobiology.

When why are you going to study "aerospace science and technology"?

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When why are you going to study "aerospace science and technology"?

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Its because its near my town, and i don't have much money to put aside for rent a house in the city.
 
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Its because its near my town, and i don't have much money to put aside for rent a house in the city.

But you will have the money to go to graduate school?

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