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Master degree - Mathematical modelling or Astro?

  1. Mar 26, 2014 #1
    I'm an udergrad, 2nd year physics.

    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)
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  3. Mar 27, 2014 #2
    You can study plasma physics in astrophysics, but from afar. Do you want to do hands-on stuff? If so, take the modeling route. But it sounds like you really prefer astronomy/astrophysics. Consider the job outlook though.
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