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    I'm currently studying BSc (Hons) Astronomy and Planetary sciences with the Open University. My ultimate ambition is to have a career in scientific research.

    I'm currently in my first year, and I've received an offer from Leicester University for entry into their MPhys Physics with Astrophysics programme -- I would be entering into the first year.

    The MPhys would certainly put me on the right track to a career in research. However, it would also represent a step back as I would essentially be starting my undergraduate degree again. Moreover, I quite enjoy distance learning.

    If I was to continue with the OU, what chances do I fare when applying for a PhD? With a degree from the OU, is a masters a requisite for a PhD?

    More broadly speaking, is a masters a requisite for a career in research (astronomy, astrophysics, etc)?

    Many thanks in advance
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    (Original post by BenBancroft)
    I'm currently studying BSc (Hons) Astronomy and Planetary sciences with the Open University. My ultimate ambition is to have a career in scientific research.

    I'm currently in my first year, and I've received an offer from Leicester University for entry into their MPhys Physics with Astrophysics programme -- I would be entering into the first year.

    The MPhys would certainly put me on the right track to a career in research. However, it would also represent a step back as I would essentially be starting my undergraduate degree again. Moreover, I quite enjoy distance learning.

    If I was to continue with the OU, what chances do I fare when applying for a PhD? With a degree from the OU, is a masters a requisite for a PhD?

    More broadly speaking, is a masters a requisite for a career in research (astronomy, astrophysics, etc)?

    Many thanks in advance
    Problem with distance learning:
    - Your Thesis will have to be theoretically.
    - No possibility to work in research groups, talk to professors, work closely with a supervisor (references!)
    - No exchange year
    - Nearly no network, not in the sense of old boys, but in the sense of getting informations regarding interesting professors, working conditions, interesting topics, symposiums, ...

    A Master is somehow expected if you want to do a PHD in Natural Science, yes.
 
 
 
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