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Leaving for a master's or not

  1. Nov 13, 2011 #1
    Hi everyone!

    I'm now doing my 3rd year of bachelor's study in physics at Jagiellonian Uni., Cracow, Poland. As good the university at the national scale as it is, I'm considering going for my master's degree somewhere abroad. Now, the pros are pretty obvious - almoste every European university is better known than this one (in general, not necessarily in particular fields) and being mobile kinda looks nice in a CV. In addition to, I'm slightly disappointed with some of my courses being almost straight from the textbook, with almost or no personal addition from the lecturer - it's hence hard to find a 'scientific idol' ;).

    On the other hand, however, the level all in all is I believe pretty high, compared at least to what some of my friends are being taught i.e. at the Birmingham Uni. (I'm only speaking of the bachelor's degree). Moreover, I kinda like the atmosphere of my university, and there is always a risk of ending up somewhere, where it's far from being that nice.

    So the question is, would you recommend leaving for a master's, or would you wait for a PhD?
    Also, if leaving, can you recommend some universities in Europe. I gues I'd be particularly interested in mathematical physics, GR, numerical relativity, (magneto)hydrodynamics and things like that.

    Thanks in advance for all your responses.

    Edit: A friend of mine talked me into applying to Copenhagen University and in combination with Niels Bohr Institute they seem to be pretty strong. I've been also considering Vienna University, given Ervin Schroedinger Institute nearby, but VU seems to be quite low in rankings.

    Edit 2: The languages of study under consideration are English and possibly German. And Polish I guess ;).
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2011
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  3. Nov 13, 2011 #2
  4. Nov 13, 2011 #3
    ENS Ulm.
  5. Nov 17, 2011 #4
    Thx for the suggestions, especially for Munich. But how about the other part of my question - is it worth it? I mean, leaving for a master's. Surely for PhD, but I do have doubts regarding master's.
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