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How to choose a college for MSc Physics course?


How to choose a college for MSc Physics course?

Last updated: 24 Apr 2020

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INTRODUCTION

Master of Science (MSc) in Physics is a two-year post-graduate degree course in Physics. Physics is the branch of natural science which is related to the study of matter, energy, force and the various interactions between them. The course is usually undertaken after a three-year BSc in Physics under-graduate degree program and prepares candidates for a career that is application and research-based. The course provides in-depth knowledge about the subject and emphasizes on the theoretical and practical concepts and the fundamentals of Physics. It also involves the basic concepts of Mathematics, Geometry and Computers. Important theories and laws are taught that involve the definition and applications of matter, motion, speed, velocity, space and time, inertia, energy, pressure and force. Candidates are trained to determine, derive and calculate numerical figures, precise measurements, diagrammatic illustrations and graphical representation to explain and demonstrate natural occurrences, simple machines, analysis of natural processes and working of everyday appliances.

The MSc in Physics course enhances personal skills like communication, attention to detail, numerical ability, teamwork, logic, presentation and analysis; and professional skills like planning and execution, problem-solving, critical thinking, analytical thinking and reasoning. Additional skill-enhancing programs like guest lectures, live projects, dissertations, seminars, workshops and internships ensure that candidates receive overall exposure, development and practice.

POINTS TO REMEMBER BEFORE CHOOSING A COLLEGE

Before choosing and shortlisting a college, it is important to consider some important criteria. These help to make the process of selection and finalization a confident decision so that candidates won’t feel regretted and disappointed.

Important criteria to remember are:

  • Fee Budget – it is very important for fee structure and budget to be decided before the process of searching for Colleges. If your budget is flexible, this can be done later BUT if you are fixed with the budget, this should be done FIRST.
  • Course Duration – ALWAYS check the duration of the course! Some integrated programs may be longer than expected.
  • Subject of Interest/Specialization – it is important to choose a career field that you are 100% interested and passionate about.
  • Location/Navigability – the college should be close to important centres like bus stops, main roads, printing/xerox centres, grocery stores, etc.
  • Hostel/Mess – if necessary, facilities like hostels with all facilities and food provision should be considered. This is mainly for candidates from other cities.
  • Extra-curricular Activities – this should always be considered because all work and NO fun do not ensure a well-balanced academic life.
  • College Infrastructure – it is important to check what facilities and infrastructure is available in the college before beginning the application process. Researched-based courses like MSc Physics require well-equipped laboratories, lecture halls and Library facilities.
  • Authentic Reviews and Opinions – it is a good practice to check college reviews on reliable websites, blogs and newsletters. This helps to remove any doubts and apprehensions.
  • Strengths, Weaknesses and Personality Gaps – they help to outline you as an individual and guides you to discover what makes you different from other candidates.
  • Career Role – it should be what you see for yourself in 3 to 5 years. It is important that your future vision reflects your personal goals and objectives.

HOW TO CHOOSE A COLLEGE FOR MSc PHYSICS

There are few important points to keep in mind before you short-list, finalize and select an institution to pursue MSc Physics:

  • Reputation of the College - this is the MOST important factor. Graduates are assessed and judged based on the quality, popularity and excellence of the college that they graduate from.
  • Affiliation - the college should be affiliated to an excellent, recognized and centralized University. This ensures that the degree was obtained from a reputed educational body.
  • Accreditation - the college should be recognized and accredited by a respectable national or international regulatory body. This ensures quality of education, high education standards, quality assurance and excellent course curriculum. An international accreditation sets one college apart from others without this type of recognition.
  • Ranking - the local, national and global ranking of the college should be checked and verified prior to applying. A good ranking denotes how much better a college is in comparison to competitors.
  • Location - this is also very important as the institution should be easily accessible for navigation, travel, and to obtain basic necessities and supplies.
  • Infrastructure - the college should be well equipped with:
    • Laboratories for research-based courses especially.
    • Libraries with national and international journals, e-journals, magazines and desktops.
    • Lecture and Seminar Halls that are spacious and furnished.
    • Auditoriums with good seating capacity and audio-visual equipment.
    • Counselling Centres for student counselling.
    • Placement Centres for career discussions, CV enhancement workshops, campus recruitment.
    • Anti-ragging Centre to ensure a peaceful campus.
    • Cafeteria with good quality and safe vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
    • Wi-Fi facility that is uninterrupted with excellent connectivity.
    • Security Cameras to ensure a safe and secure campus.
  • Course Curriculum - the course curriculum of MSc Physics should be carefully considered and reviewed before finalizing a college.
  • Specializations Offered - the specializations and majors available should also be reviewed to ensure that the course is extensive and expansive and not limiting. A broad set of specializations ensures more options for career and jobs.
  • Electives and Certification Courses - these should be checked to ensure a balanced curriculum that has additional skill-enhancing programs. They should align with the overall goal of the program. In addition to theoretical knowledge, practical and analytical skills should also be encouraged.
  • Conventions and Workshops - additional conventions and workshops are necessary for the enhancement of academics, skills and practical experience. Faculty lectures, Projects, Group Discussions and Debate Groups are required for increased practical experience and learning.
  • Fee Structure - the feasibility of any course is different for different students. The candidate should analyse, evaluate and finalize their budget before choosing a college. The availability of financial aid should also be considered before sending applications.
  • Scholarships - the availability of grants and scholarships should be checked before applying for the MSc Physics. Scholarships make courses more affordable.
  • Student and Faculty Ratio - the ratio of students to faculty should be small to ensure that all students receive attention to their academics and performance.
  • Faculty - the teachers have to be highly qualified with plenty of teaching experience. This is important to maintain the standards of the course. Teachers with qualifications from international universities will have more exposure, experience and practice.
  • Extracurricular Activities - it is ideal if a college promotes both academic and extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities include sports, creativity and talent-based activities that enhance the overall development of students.
  • Placements - it is important to check if an institution provides assistance in placement. The college should have collaborations with reputed recruiting partners, companies and organizations. Counselling sessions and workshops related to improvement in communication, CV-writing, interview performance, group discussions and personal interview help to improve a candidate’s performance in career-related instances.
  • Projects and Internships - they help to provide practical exposure and prior work experience to students so that they are prepared to face the professional world.
  • Study-Life Balance - the course curriculum should be balanced to ensure that students have an academic and personal balance. Theory lessons should be accompanied with practical classes, extra-curricular activities, and competitions. The syllabus should be spread out evenly over two years to ensure that students are not over-exhausted and bored.
  • Reviews - Genuine online reviews should be checked before selecting a college. These are provided by students or parents with first-hand experience and can be considered as reference before finalizing a college.

CONCLUSION

MSc Physics is one of the most famous natural science courses in India and abroad. The two- year course framework is designed to prepare students for a career in research and development. The curriculum consists of strong theoretical concepts, practical experiments and skill-building programs that create a balance between academics and practical exposure. The college that you attend is ultimately going to be a reflection of YOU – your ideas, vision and goals. It is important to finalize a college that represents your individual aspirations. Careful consideration must be taken before choosing a college. It is important to do thorough reading, research and studies. Remember – the good decision you make Today, will affect and direct the Life you live Tomorrow!

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