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Masters in UK or Masters abroad?

  1. Jun 22, 2014 #1
    Hello everyone, I'm in quite a predicament. Currently I'm a first year Physics Bsc(Honours) Undergrad at Queen Mary University Of London. I'll be going to UCLA next year for a study abroad exchange programme and hope this will help me decide my plans but here's my question:

    Is it best to upgrade to an Msci at QMUL or do Msc/Masters either at a better university in the UK (UCL, Imperial, Oxford) or in the US (I.e UCLA, MIT, etc)?

    help would be much appreciated.
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  3. Jun 25, 2014 #2
    I'm sorry you are not generating any responses at the moment. Is there any additional information you can share with us? Any new findings?
  4. Jun 25, 2014 #3


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    Well, IMO it depends on what you want to do/work on-this will lead you to where you want to go. It doesn't go otherwise...
    The university won't change itself to fit your own tastes or talents- your talents/tastes are supposed to lead you at the appropriate university and master program. For example you want to work on the A field- you should look for a university that's working intensively on that field and/or has the appropriate professors with whom you can cooperate/work.
    So the question as stated, can't really accept an answer (lacks information as Greg pointed out).
  5. Jun 26, 2014 #4
    Well I primarily would like to seek a career in astrophysics or in the space industry; hence the reason I would like to study abroad in the US. I also like the idea of becoming a full time international student (I know it also looks good of your resume/CV) and I was wondering how much importance Grad schools place on your previous universities reputation as oppose to the grades you achieve there.
  6. Jun 26, 2014 #5
    Your grades and ability to work hard are more important. The prestige of Universities is only relevant if you really go to such a great University such as MIPT, Heidelberg, Leiden etc.

    An excellent grade from a standard state university is more desirable, than a mediocre grade from a prestigious university. Of course, getting an excellent grade from a top university like MIPT will probably triumph over other applications in most cases.
  7. Jun 26, 2014 #6
    I think the opportunity to study abroad is something you should never pass up. I would put all other considerations behind that. I could be wrong.
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