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Masters after a degree in Physics

  1. Mar 13, 2014 #1
    This would be my debut here, so no idea if I'm posting in the wrong neighborhood.

    Anyway, here's my story: I've been a tinkerer ever since - I would butcher appliances up and keep those magnets/coil guts, I fixed some toys too. I enjoyed building things. Electronics and Mechatronics/Robotics currently fascinates me. :!!)

    So now, here I am with just a few more semesters before graduating. I'm taking up B.S. in Applied physics in a local university. Since there's no Mech Eng available here, I took up a Physics degree instead - Major in Instrumentation (they do no robots in EE). My upperclassmen did theses like quadcopter, telescopes, basic drones, etc. so I think I'm on the right path.

    I plan to enter grad school after, so can you guys recommend some Master's degree I could take? To give you an idea, look for Grant Imahara. I like what he does - I mean he builds robots and stuffs, he do machines and tinkering. I want a job about these things. Any MS degree out there to make me fit enough to do what Grant does? These Instrumentation courses of mine wont suffice.

    Thank you.
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  3. Mar 13, 2014 #2


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    I know who Grant Imahara is (I'm a fan of Mythbusters). From what I've read, he has a BS in EE, so for someone like yourself, perhaps a MS in EE may lead to what you're looking for?
  4. Mar 13, 2014 #3
    I only have a slight idea what is tackled in EE, but as mentioned, the EE people here don't work on robotics (which is the field I want). I dont know if BS/MS EE in other colleges engages in Robotics. But since I'm in the 3rd world, I doubt that.
  5. Mar 13, 2014 #4


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    I don't know where specifically you are physically based, but to my knowledge, robotics is a research field that is shared between electrical and mechanical engineering, with each focusing on slightly different things. I used to work as a statistician for an engineering company specializing in robotics and the majority of engineers who worked there were either EE or ME.

    I would think that if robotics is not covered in the undergraduate EE curriculum where you study, it could be covered in the graduate program, assuming you intend to pursue your graduate studies in your home country. If you intend on pursuing graduate studies in say, the US, Canada, Australia or any of the EU countries, I can pretty much guarantee that robotics will be covered in the masters electrical or mechanical engineering programs.
  6. Mar 13, 2014 #5
    That's nice to hear...
    And to be honest, I really prefer to do my graduate study in a foreign land.
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