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Hi! So stuck between 3 courses

Physics
Medical Physics
Astro Physics

My thoughts are,

Physics is the most broad, most employable, however covers my most hated modules, mechanics and electricity

Medical physics, loved this section in a level, cuts out the modules I hate the most, can lead to a great job but is it too specific?

Astro physics, my passion, most interesting to me, would enjoy this the most, however career prospects become slim, and like medical physics is it too specific?


Can you help and add comments that could help me make my decision thanks
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I know nothing about physics so take this with a pinch of salt, but what would you think about a Bachelor’s in physics and then you can specialise in a Master’s?
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(Original post by Harrygabb)
Hi! So stuck between 3 courses

Physics
Medical Physics
Astro Physics

My thoughts are,

Physics is the most broad, most employable, however covers my most hated modules, mechanics and electricity

Medical physics, loved this section in a level, cuts out the modules I hate the most, can lead to a great job but is it too specific?

Astro physics, my passion, most interesting to me, would enjoy this the most, however career prospects become slim, and like medical physics is it too specific?


Can you help and add comments that could help me make my decision thanks
Hi Harrygabb,

I say this a lot because I think it's super important: choose the degree that you find the most enjoyable. It's really difficult to turn up for lectures every day and to study at home and to do well in subjects that you don't enjoy. Lots of people drop out after one or two years for this exact reason and that obviously isn't what you want out of your degree.

Are there any specific careers you're interested in? If there are, then see what degrees they accept applications from. If there isn't, you'd be surprised at the number of opportunities out there for more specialized degree subjects. And if you really love astrophysics, you may end up looking for a career in astrophysics after you graduate, in which case a degree in it will definitely be valued. And if you don't, there are many different employers who value the skills that come from studying degrees like medical physics and astrophysics.

Have you considered doing a 'physics with' degree? Here at Southampton there are degrees for physics with medical physics and physics with astronomy (as well as the regulars astrophysics degree). This could give you the opportunity to study more broad topics in physics as well as more specialized modules, although may still come with your dreaded mechanics and electricity.

If you have any more questions about the kinds of jobs different fields of physics can lead you in feel free to ask. If you get the opportunity I'd highly recommend joining an online open day for the subjects you're interested in and you can get more information form people who may be in the situation of finding jobs after studying these subjects.

Megan
4th year physics student
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