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With ME under my belt, I have 3 options

  1. Jul 17, 2013 #1

    I recently received my bachelor degree in ME and now I am facing a dilemma for my masters. I originally wanted to go into MSE abroad, but because of VISA issues I won't be able to attend although I got admitted.

    I have 3 choices: Materials Engineering, Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science and Engineering.

    The last one is very very weak, they usually have 2-3 students so professors do not even do lectures, so the students study alone and just go to take tests. I have talked to some professors who are familiar with that major and none recommended it to me.

    Materials Engineering, is good, however there is not 'science' in it. It is mostly metallurgy and mechanics of materials, corrosion and such. No electronic materials, no new stuff. Moreover the labs are old and there is literally no possibility to do any meaningful research. If you ask me, quite an outdated major.

    Condensed Matter Physics, is on the other side of the spectrum. They have reasonably equipped labs, but the curriculum is literally condensed matter physics (obvious), with a more theoretical approach.

    I wanted Material Science and Engineering, exactly because of it's interdisciplinarity and cutting edge application. Neither of the ones mentioned offer that. The first would be terrible, the second is metallurgy more or less and the third is too theory heavy.

    So what your opinion? I'd certainly like to have a career in material science and engineering with real life practical application, not metallurgy and not theory.
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  3. Jul 18, 2013 #2
    I'd be glad if anyone could help as I need some fresh perspective. Thank you.
  4. Jul 19, 2013 #3
    Why do you think metallurgy and mechanics of materials are not science? These subjects are mostly derived from experimental work, rather than overarching theories, but they are indubitably scientific. They are also really, really useful subjects to know if you are at all interested in creating new things, especially if you want to push the envelope of performance.
  5. Jul 23, 2013 #4
    I understand that. But as far as I see it there is little room for research nowadays in those fields and I'd very much like to remeain in academia + do research
  6. Jul 23, 2013 #5
    There is a ton of research in these fields if you wish to do that sort of thing.
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