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Tom83B

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I recently got interested in solar physics - one reason being, that I was offered to cooperate on a project, where I'll be doing some sunspot simulations.

I really like mathematics and I kinda like the mathematical modelling curriculum. However the curriculum for astrophysics is also interesting.

My question is - is mathematical modelling a good choice if I want to do plasma / MHD and how does it compare with astrophysics?

The mandatory subjects for astro are:

Astrophysics 1,2

Relativistic physics

Some "lab course" at observatory

Galactic and extragalactic astronomy 1,2

Space electrodynamics

Elementary processes in space physics

Celestial mechanics

and for modelling:

Quantum theory

Approximate and numerical methods

Thermodynamics and solid state mechanics

Thermodynamics and non-Newtonian fluids dynamics

Finite elements method

Degree in plasma and surface physics is offered as well but I'm not sure I would be allowed to do my thesis on sunspots (which is important)