I am a final year undergraduate (Computer Science; decent uni in a third world country) and one of my long-term goals is to pursue a Ph.D. (preferably at a top 20 uni).

For some reasons, I didn’t apply for Masters abroad this year. I have a decent job lined-up. I have the following choices:

  1. Join the company and apply for Masters next year (Fall 2019).
  2. Join a Masters program at a local uni and then apply for Ph.D. after two years.

What would be the best option? (I have some research experience but no publications yet).

I have done my bachelors in Electronics & Communications Engineering from India and I am currently working as a software developer with 1.5 years of experience.

I would like to do my masters from Europe but either in Computers or Software Engineering field. Is it possible to change from a field like electronics to software specifically in Europe ( preferably Germany or Netherlands).

I know it is quite common in US but I am not able to figure this out about European universities.

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 know this board isn’t meant to answer deep personal questions, so I try to keep this rather general as it is kind of related to this and this.

I pursued the goal of getting a PhD / doing research for a long time. Mostly for personal (/ego) reasons.

Now, as I am about to finish my master’s degree, it becomes more and more clear, that I am probably not qualified for a doctorate. I prolonged the time on both of my degrees. My grades are average at best and I rarely enjoyed sitting in lectures. I am particularly bad at writing anything scientifically like my thesis, papers or even emails (which leads to massive procrastination and delay on this tasks). Researching on theoretical topics is often difficult for me as I tend to skim most of the papers. And, to be honest, I enjoy practical tasks like creating, implementing or improving algorithms, the most.

Soon I have to decide if I find myself an industry job or a PhD program. But should I even pursue a PhD with this kind of flaws?

I am currently investigating some generalized properties in my mathematical research with my professor. We are basically now working together to produce new paper to publish.
My professor is very well experienced and he seems to know what he is doing very fast compared to me. I feel like I do not do anything worth the contribution for this project.

Is it normal for a first year master student to feel this way when he or she tries to write a paper together with a professor? How come can a person generate possible ideas to solve so fast? Is it because I am still inexperienced or am I doing something wrong?

I usually read some papers trying to get some ideas which might be useful but I still dont get anything really ‘valuable’ for the progress of my current project.

I am hoping for some advises coming from well experienced mathematicians / researchers. Thank you very much!

I am currently investigating some generalized properties in my mathematical research with my professor. We are basically now working together to produce new paper to publish.
My professor is very well experienced and he seems to know what he is doing very fast compared to me. I feel like I do not do anything worth the contribution for this project.

Is it normal for a first year master student to feel this way when he or she tries to write a paper together with a professor? How come can a person generate possible ideas to solve so fast? Is it because I am still inexperienced or am I doing something wrong?

I usually read some papers trying to get some ideas which might be useful but I still dont get anything really ‘valuable’ for the progress of my current project.

I am hoping for some advises coming from well experienced mathematicians / researchers. Thank you very much!

My girlfriend has got admits from KU Leuven, FH Aachen and from University of L├╝beck for MS in Biomedical Engineering. She got her fees waived at KUL alone. She is in a real fix on choosing which university is best for her.

Which would be the better University for her to choose? I do realize that there are lots of factors like faculty, labs, equipments and fundings but I do want some opinions from people from this forum.