I was planning on going overseas for my higher education.
However when I went to look for the academic requirements needed for the degree I was concerned when I found out that the qualifications that were needed differed from country to country.

I was wondering if I could qualify for program that had different requirements which I have completed within my host country and get in the program even though the requirements for my country are completely opposite and it would take me time to complete those qualifications.

My friend is soon to obtain her doctoral degree in applied physics and start postdoc. She is provided by the department a chance to choose what to be displayed on her degree (between D.Eng. and Ph.D., but both in applied physics). She is actually doing purely theoretical condensed matter physics although her department is named applied physics. She says that she will try to stay in the same academia, but not excluding the possibility of moving out if not going well.

She asked me and it’s not quite clear to us what the difference might be and what might be affected in the future.

The Austrian school system used to not have undergraduates. So when graduated from a high school, you just got in a Master’s program for about 2 years and then PhD program for about 4 years. However, we called it “Master” and “PhD”. So it means that “it is a PhD degree in Austria”, but by American standards, it is actually “a Master’s degree”. Should I still list as “PhD” degree on my CV?

I’m taking a 3-year college in software development, and, where i live (Brazil) it’s not considered a Bachelor (4 years, at least), but i dont know where my course fits in canada’s classification, its not an associated (2 years) neither a Bachelor (4 years), what’s the most equivalent to my degree in Canada? (I cant apply for equivalence programs, i didnt finish my college yet).
Am I able to apply for a master in canada with my 3-year college?

Let me explain my situation: I’m an undergraduate student in Math (2nd year) in Italy and I have been interested in maths and physics since I was a child.
Although I find fascinating how physicists can study and describe our world, I appreciate mathematical precision and order as well. Actually, I think mathematics is what I really missed in my last Physics lectures here at my university.

Well, when I started my first module in mathematical physics here at the Math department, the two things matched together and I finally understood what I wanted to do about my further studies.

After my bachelor, indeed, I would like to move abroad and get a master’s degree in a university that has a math. physics programme (or anything as close as possible, i.e. a mathematics master’s with relevant mathematical physics parts).

I have also asked for advice in my university and got some responses, for instance I’m keen on some courses in Germany and on the Applied Mathematics Msc course at Imperial College of London. Anyway, I am still undecided and I would love to read responses from people who are in the field!

Something else you should know:
Problem about my decision is that I’m interested in mathematical physics, and not theoretical physics: what I mean is that I’m looking for a math-based course for people who like physics, and not a physics course.

Moreover, my projects for the future include getting a PhD.

So, here is my question:
What are the most important/promising/exciting courses with relevant parts in Mathematical Physics in Europe?
(I don’t mind about university rankings or worldwide reputation, but I do care about good courses, good teaching and a good atmosphere)

Thanks in advance!

I am a software engineer. I had originally intended to go to college however for various reasons, did not. However, I’ve been working successfully in my current field for a long time. I have no real reason to get a degree (I have no problems finding work), however I have a desire to do so.

Working full time and trying to take on a 4 year program as well is not something I really want to do either, as well as costing a great deal of time and money to learn things I likely already know.

Is it possible then, for someone such as myself, to attain a MS or PhD, without a now-redundant BS? What other options do I have, or have I any at all, aside from going the traditional route and starting at the beginning.

I know someone doing an MSci in Computer Science—an MSci being an integrated (undergraduate) Master’s degree, so equivalent in the UK to an MSc—and as such achieved all the credits required for a BSc but did not graduate last year. All the way through this year, they have had the option to drop out of the MSci course and graduate with their BSc qualification, which they got a 2:1 in.

Note: I am referring to the UK system: in this case, a 2:1 refers to upper second-class honours and 2:2 refers to lower second-class honours.

Now, with less than two weeks to go, they are concerned about their exams and dissertation and so on, and are worried that they will get a 2:2 at the Master’s level. As a result, they are considering dropping out last minute and just taking the BSc 2:1.

Now I am advising against this, as for one thing it just makes this whole last year a waste of time and I reckon they’re quite solidly in the 2:1 bracket for MSci anyway, but I also think that a 2:2 Master’s is still considered better than a 2:1 BSc.

I’m also thinking that within 5 years or so of industry work (this person has already secured a long-term position based on an internship) the degree, and much less the classification, become less significant compared with the person’s industry record. In 5 years time, I expect a future employer to be looking at the employment and project record and possibly be interested the degree achieved, but not the degree classification, in which case an MSci is better than a BSc. This is just anecdotal though, I am by no means an expert on how people look at CVs in later stages of employment in industry.

So I already have quite a clear opinion on this, but I’d like to hear what professionals think about it. Thinking objectively, which is likely to be better: a 2:1 BSc in Computer Science, or a 2:2 MSci in Computer Science?