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  1. Apr 28, 2016 #1
    I want to be a theoretical physicist on astronomy and have just passed out of school. To achieve my dream, I should get a degree in a Physics course (like B.Sc. Physics Hon.), followed by a Masters and then apply for PhD. I have also read that some students got a PhD in physics after completing their B.Tech. Is that possible? But, as the job opportunities are more in engineering than for a B.Sc. graduate, my parents have told me that I should choose engineering for my graduation. I live in India and research opportunities are very limited here. I can also go ahead with a dual degree of B.Tech and M.Tech in engineering. Pls answer accordingly.
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  3. Apr 28, 2016 #2


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    Your post is extremely confusing!

    What exactly do you wish to do after graduation?

    If you are already pursuing an engineering degree because (i) of more job opportunities and (ii) your parents told you so, then how will this be any different after you get your degree?

  4. Apr 29, 2016 #3
    I am not pursuing any degree as of now. iI am yet to start going to college
    As i mentioned in the first post, my goal is to become a theoretical physicist. I have read on this forum that some students were able to get a PhD in physics right after doing their engineering. So, as the combined number of years it will take me to get a B.Sc. and M.Sc. im physics is more than the number of years it will take me to do engineering, my parents want me to save that time and do my PhD after B.Tech. I hope I am clear now. In India, we also have the opportunity to get a dual degree of B. Tech and M.Tech in 5 years. So, even if i take up the option of going for a dual degree, i will still save some time as the number of years taken to do B.Sc and M.Sc is more than the time taken to get a dual degree of B.Tech and M.Tech. My ultimate goal as i have mentioned is to become a theoretical physicist in astronomy. I have only mentioned the paths i can take to achieve my dream. My parents want the best for me, and hence, told me that i should pursue a degree in engineering because it will take lesser time than doing B.Sc and M.Sc. and the job opportunities are also better. So, maybe, i will be able to do my PhD from a better place. Again, i have only mentioned the paths I think I can take: B.Tech, B.Tech- M.Tech dual degree, B.Sc-M.Sc. . I intend to move out to foreign lands like US or UK to pursue research as the research opportunities are lesser in India. What i wish to know is what path i should take? I have only read that one can do a PhD in physics after B.Tech. I want to know, is it possible these days to get a masyers in physics if you have an engineering background? Secondly, i want to ask, are the degrees given by the Indian Universities recognized in foreign countries, so that I can pursue my PgD in foreign countries? Again, thanks for your time. I hope I was able to explain myself this time.

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  5. Apr 29, 2016 #4
    This post is even more confusing.

    Job opportunities are not better when you have a BSc in engineering AND a PhD in theoretical physics (if you can even get that combination).
    Why? No one will hire you for a BSc engineering job because obviously your passion is not with that job.
    And no one will hire you for a PhD position because you have a BSc in engineering vs one in physics, because all that matters is your PhD.
    You have the same job opportunity as anyone else with a PhD in Theoretical Physics.

    A BSc or MSc, physics or engineering, is the same length as long as they are both part of the same system (not Bologna vs Anglo-Saxon)

    Saving time is not how you become a successful theoretical physicist.

    Also, if there is truly a 5 year dual physics-engineering BSc-MSc programme, it isn't a true dual degree. You'll learn less about physics and less about engineering and you do just as much projects and research as anyone else.
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