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BEng Electrical and Electronic Eng, is Msc Physics good idea

  1. Jul 20, 2015 #1
    Hello, this is my first post there though I have been on this site before to look for answers to questions.

    I am a graduate in Electrical and Electronic Engineer, graduated in 2013 and live in London. I currently work for a engineering consultancy working on telecoms systems work (adding/upgrading CCTV, speaker systems, data networks, etc).

    I considered doing an MSc in Physics but I'm not sure of how much that would benefit me or would be unbeneficial. I thought about doing it because it has modules I am interested in and I would want to go down the nanotechnology route. If anyone can tell me more about what I can do with it, it would be helpful. If you want to read below, I've written about my current situation:

    I don't think I can be here much longer as I have considered other careers to move on to. I tried applying to a masters in Wireless and Optical transmission (didn't get in), applied to other jobs. I successfully got into one interview but coinsidently it was on the same day as an (expensive) external training day.

    I did want to go into research work but I've been put off since I've been told it won't let me earn the amount of money I will need when one day I have a family to support.

    I'm not fond of working in an office and sitting down all day (which is what I am currently doing). I keep getting told I can "move up" from my current role. But move to up what? Be a manager? I really don't want to do that.

    A couple of things that do interest me are: teaching. I like to teach but I'm not sure if I want to take the teacher training route just yet. I also am interesting in writing articles about research(science journalism I guess). I read the E&T magazine and would like to write about some of the things I read about. Talk to people, find out what's new, what's being invented, that sort of thing. But I believe you need a masters for that kind of role.

    I'm really just trying to figure out what I want to really do. If anyone can tell me anything helpful, I would be very grateful!
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  3. Jul 20, 2015 #2
    If you are still trying to figure out what you want to do, then an MS in Physics may be a reasonable path, especially if you are considering teaching.

    There are better paths if you want a career as an engineer.
  4. Jul 20, 2015 #3


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    What about getting on a structured training and career development course with a large company . That's what I did many years ago . You get an opportunity to sample many different tasks and get sent on academic courses .

    If you and your tutor think doing an MSc is appropriate then you would probably get full sponsorship .
  5. Jul 22, 2015 #4
    Thank you Dr. Courtney, could you please elaborate on the "better paths" for a career in engineering part. Thanks
  6. Jul 22, 2015 #5
    ABET acccredited engineering programs.
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