Before I go and ask you for input on my situation, ‘briefly’
22 years old
3 years in Australia
so far 2 years in the UK as part of my degree.
I am in my fourth semester currently studying MEng “Product Design and Manufacture” in the UK, and I really enjoy it. It’s a 4+1 (one year placement) year Engineering degree with about 1/4 of Industrial Design in a creative sense. To me this mix is really appealing, as I love to develop new ideas take them through to the prototype stage or a little further, but also need technical subjects such as mechanics, maths, physics or material science to keep my mind spinning.
In semesters 5 and 6 I have opted to do an industrial placement, which happens to be in the same town I’m studying in at the moment.
If I finish my degree at my university, that will mean I have stayed at the same place for 5 years consecutively, which is longer than I have ever stayed in a single place before. So even though I enjoy it here, I feel I’m not getting the most out of my education in terms of new experiences, broadening my horizon and “seeing the world”.
Because I have spent some years in Germany, Australia and the UK, I do not want to go to another Western country, e.g. US, Canada, or European countries. Instead, I’m much more considering Asia, India and South America.
I could either switch back into the BEng route, finish one year earlier and take a different course at Master’s level somewhere else. That would be 3+1 years for the Bachelor plus placement and 2 years for the Master.
I’d probably take this opportunity to study a degree different to the one I’m doing now.
I could take the last year of my Master’s at a different university, in a different country. The course would have to be quite similar to my current one, so that I can transfer my credits.
Our university has agreements with several European institutions, and, in particular, with the National University of Singapore.
Unfortunately, NUS appears to be only offering super-technical degrees such as Mechanical Engineering, which I think I would not do too well in.
the input request
What is your take on doing (a) the Bachelor plus a different Master, vs (b) the quick Master route (skipping the Bachelor) with a one year studied abroad.
Depending on (a) or (b), can you suggest courses, universities or more generally countries that I should consider?
for taking the time to read all of this and for your input!