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Graduate options, MSci questions

  1. Sep 10, 2009 #1
    Hi everyone,

    I'm about to start my final year of an astrophysics BSc, I want to continue on to do a Ph.D eventually but would love some advice!

    I'm at Queen Mary's Univeristy of London, it's not the best course out there but if all goes well I'm on track to get a 1st.

    I've considered 3 options:
    1) Swap onto the MSci course and stay at QMUL for another year, this would be the easiest option but I'm worried about how much it would be worth. Apparently going to a different university to do a 2 year MSci would give me a much better degree, not to mention I could go to a "better" uni. Everyone I ask about the value of the 1 vs. 2 year says something different!

    2) Do the MSci somewhere else, either in the UK or abroad. I have friends in Hawaii and would love to do it there, plus I've heard they have great astronomy department. However I'm not sure how the money would work out... does anyone know if I can get a student loan in the U.S.?

    3) Take a gap year, do some sort of internship and then come back to do the MSci.

    Any advice would be very much appreciated!

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