Hi all, I've just finished my 2nd year of a 4 year course (MPhys) at a UK Russell Group University studying physics, and I'm feeling a little disheartened. In September I will be on exchange at McGill in Montreal for a year and upon looking at the problem sets and the lecture notes of courses I plan to take there is a huge contrast with my current university. McGill's treatment of Physics seems to be so much more in-depth. For example, I'll be taking Quantum Physics 1 which covers the same syllabus I have already done but at a whole new level. It makes me feel as though my course currently is not rigorous enough. I plan on applying for a PhD either in the UK or abroad but I don't feel as though I will be able to compete with other candidates, as their knowledge of Physics will be so much greater than mine. At the moment I'm considering studying for a masters, even though my course is already an integrated masters, as I don't think I'm learning enough. We seem to cover all that is necessary for accreditation from the IOP and not much more. I also feel as though we are getting taught the bare minimum of maths. Within the Physics department we cover vector calculus, basic linear algebra, ODEs, PDEs and some very basic real analysis and that's it. There is no option of doing any complex analysis as this module has recently been scrapped. It also seems as though the course is being dumbed down. For instance, in our 4th core physics module that covers quantum mechanics, condensed matter and particle physics, the exam was virtually a compilation of past exam questions all of which I had done before making the exam incredibly easy. Only a few questions were original. I feel cheated in a way as it gives me no way of gauging how well I'm actually doing. Basically my worry is that I am not getting my money's worth in comparison with other institutions (I almost feel as though Im being held back by my courses) and that I will not compete when it comes to PhD applications. I'm not sure where I'm going with this post, perhaps I just wanted to speak my mind so I'll leave it there.