How do people get into jobs working with developing and constructing things of the likes of Curiosity and New Horizons? I know they have different functions but I'm really interested in being involved in working with space probes. I want to do Physics at university, but would mechanical Engineering be more suitable, or would it be possible to do a BSc in Physics then a masters in Engineering, as I don't want to miss out on all I could learn with a Physics degree that I wouldn't get with Engineering. I know these sorts of jobs are few and far apart, but I see small start ups as a way into investigating space without having to work with NASA in the US (I'm in the UK and, no offense, I don't want to have kids raised in the US for a number of reasons). I've seen students sending objects merely with weather balloons with electronics in a foam box, I want to try things like that but I want to go further. Space travel and exploration is appearing to become a major frontier for entrepreneurs, what with Virgin Galactic and the increasing presence of SpaceX and I think it could be something I could get into on a part time basis at least. So if I wanted to have the skill set to make a major contribution towards developing space probes, would a Physics degree be enough or would it be better to top this up with an Engineering masters? For that matter, is there any point topping it up with an Engineering masters, would I have to have done an Engineering bachelors? I just don't want to give up the opportunity to learn all that's available in a Physics bachelors.