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Engineering Masters in Engineering with Astrophysics Undergrad Degree?

  1. May 29, 2010 #1
    I passed my A levels in Physics, Maths And Further Maths AAB, and am really fascinated about Astrophysics, so i thought i might be up to the challenge. However i was curious as to whether it would be possible to get a masters in some sort of Engineering, with an undergrad degree in Astrophysics? Or would i completely have to start with an undergrad course in engineering. I'm thinking maybe aerodynamics or aerospace. Something along those lines so its not completely out of relevance with Astrophysics. Thanks
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  3. May 30, 2010 #2
    Yes, it would be possible. You can always have a quick check on a few university websites to see what the entry requirements are for aeronautical engineering masters - you should find most of them are 2:1 Honours in a related science subject.

    The masters will be difficult since you'll be missing a lot of the analysis tools that engineers will learn; things like FEA aren't normally covered in physics.

    Otherwise, I remember when I applied to university I had plans of taking a masters afterwards - by the end of my degree I had completely changed my mind. A masters course is expensive, but also a lot of the time just 'gets in the way' of what you want to do next. You will find that lots of the big companies that have interests in aerospace will recruit you with a physics degree on it's own (BSc hons), so whilst a masters wouldn't hurt it probably isn't worth the extra year. See: SELEX/Galileo, EADS Astrium websites, they have graduate programmes that physicists are welcome to apply to. It's essentially a one or two year training programme that, even if you did have a degree in aerospace, you would need to go through. This helps you learn the business the way they want you to, and you'll get all the training you need.

    If you get other replies, it's likely almost all of them will pertain to the US system, which is obviously different from ours.
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