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DonnaB041986
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ok, i know i'm thinking ahead...
does anyone know if i be able to study physics postgraduate (eg phd) if i had studied straight maths at undergraduate level? its not as if the subjects are completely different, but the only info i can find is on specific uni websites which ask for a good undergrad degree, but dont mention the subjects.
i only want to know because i need to decide between maths at cambridge or maths and physics at manchester (please dont start the whole 'you shouldnt have applied to cam if u werent commited to it' argument, ive read it all in the oxbridge subforum). If i went to manchester and studied both, i'd be able to do physics postgrad, but i dont know if i would if i did straight maths.

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hi =) i really want to know about that too.. but you're going to take pure math? i'm not sure about that... if you're taking applied math, probably you can do something in theoretical physics afterwards.
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(Original post by DonnaB041986)
does anyone know if i be able to study physics postgraduate (eg phd) if i had studied straight maths at undergraduate level? its not as if the subjects are completely different, but the only info i can find is on specific uni websites which ask for a good undergrad degree, but dont mention the subjects.

i only want to know because i need to decide between maths at cambridge or maths and physics at manchester. If i went to manchester and studied both, i'd be able to do physics postgrad, but i dont know if i would if i did straight maths.
If you wish to pursue physics at postgrad level, isn't it reasonably to begin at undergrad level?

FWIW, though, I've been accepted to read for a PhD in semiconductor physics having done an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. So it is possibly to change fields, although electrical engineering does have quite a lot of physics and I would say elec. eng. and semiconductor physics are not entirely unrelated.

Also, applied maths and theoretical physics are grouped together in Cambridge as the DAMPT, though I don't know if this is indicative of anything.

I will say this, though... whatever you do, it would be most helpful if you could at least take physics to first year level. That will give you something to build on for your PhD.

Also... just another thought... if you do your PhD in the US, your undergrad field does not matter so much, as PhD programmes there are generally preceded by a year or two of coursework, and people do really come form quite diverse backgrounds, in that case.
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