I'd like to start with myself. I'm planning to transfer my studies to a German university. My objective is to become an astrophysicist. I want to have my Bachelor's in mathematics, Master's in physics (astrophysics or particle) and PhD in astrophysics.

I found a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) in Mittweida, Saxony. It offers a free, English course in applied mathematics, and the curriculum looks similar to that of any math course (although there are some differences depending on the universities, this is why I added the curriculum for you to review as well, I think you would know it better).

I am aware of the general differences between an FH and a Universtät in Germany, and that the recognition of a German FH degree depends on the university one is going to apply for a Master's degree. (e.g.: UCLA doesn't consider a FH degree as eligible, whereas the University of Edinburgh does)

What I wanted to know is, would an Applied Mathematics diploma create any obstacles in my way to obtaining a Master's degree in Physics?

Also, as mentioned in the 3rd paragraph, I am aware of the general difference; but to get more specific, how much would Applied Maths education at a FH differ from the same subject at a Universtät?

  • Applied math seems a long way from astrophysics. Why not a more direct route?
    – Buffy
    Oct 28, 2022 at 16:09
  • And why take a risk that a Fachhochschule diploma won't be accepted. A university seems a better choice.
    – Buffy
    Oct 28, 2022 at 16:15

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There is no clear-cut answer to this question. It will depend very much on the master programme (and its curriculum) and the opinion of the programme director.

The best way is to just write to them and ask (with your documents attached). Note, that in many universities there is also a middle way between accepting and rejecting a candidate by asking the candidate to do some additional course work (e.g. in your case some physics basics).

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