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    For example, if I was to study the Mathematical Physics course instead of a straight Physics course at university, would it hinder my employment prospects? Also the same for Theoretical Physics/Physics with Theoretical Physics?

    I noticed that on Unistats the unemployment rate for Mathematical Physics at Nottingham was 16% which seemed rather high, whereas the standard Physics course had only a 5% unemployment rate.

    Many thanks.
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    (Original post by W. A. Mozart)
    For example, if I was to study the Mathematical Physics course instead of a straight Physics course at university, would it hinder my employment prospects? Also the same for Theoretical Physics/Physics with Theoretical Physics?

    I noticed that on Unistats the unemployment rate for Mathematical Physics at Nottingham was 16% which seemed rather high, whereas the standard Physics course had only a 5% unemployment rate.

    Many thanks.
    It's often the case that these "specialised" degrees are very similar to the "general" degrees but have slightly different options in later years. Another thing to potentially bear in mind is that these degrees will have a smaller intake so unemployment stats are more sensitive. Go with the degree you think you'd enjoy the most.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    It's often the case that these "specialised" degrees are very similar to the "general" degrees but have slightly different options in later years. Another thing to potentially bear in mind is that these degrees will have a smaller intake so unemployment stats are more sensitive. Go with the degree you think you'd enjoy the most.
    Thanks for the reply.

    I knew the courses were rather similar but I guess I just thought that the employers would look at Mathematical Physics MSci and think less of it than Physics MSci. You're most probably correct though.
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    (Original post by W. A. Mozart)
    Thanks for the reply.

    I knew the courses were rather similar but I guess I just thought that the employers would look at Mathematical Physics MSci and think less of it than Physics MSci. You're most probably correct though.
    Why would you think this?

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Why would you think this?

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    I sort of subconsciously presumed this after reading a reply on TSR where somebody mentioned that 'bad universities offer the non-traditional degrees which employers look down upon' or something along those lines.

    I really should stop listening to advice given by the majority of TSR though, I've learned that they mostly have no clue on what they're talking about.
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    (Original post by W. A. Mozart)
    I sort of subconsciously presumed this after reading a reply on TSR where somebody mentioned that 'bad universities offer the non-traditional degrees which employers look down upon' or something along those lines.

    I really should stop listening to advice given by the majority of TSR though, I've learned that they mostly have no clue on what they're talking about.
    Oh dear.

    Yeah, most of the advice on here regarding 'employers preferences' for degrees is BS. Just do a degree that you find most interesting, then grab any chance to get/apply for work experience/internships/research placements etc etc etc whilst at uni.

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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Oh dear.

    Yeah, most of the advice on here regarding 'employers preferences' for degrees is BS. Just do a degree that you find most interesting, then grab any chance to get/apply for work experience/internships/research placements etc etc etc whilst at uni.

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    Duly noted.

    Thanks for the good advice!
 
 
 
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