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    Hi, I'm trying to decide between two courses at the university of birmingham; Theoretical Physics (TP) or Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics (TPAM). I'm leaning towards the latter, however I have heard stories of people with a joint honours in maths and physics being unable to get a job because it's supposedly less employable. I'm struggling to see how/why TPAM would be less employable than TP but apparently this person had to go back to uni to get a straight physics degree in order to get a job so I'm concerned. I'm wondering if anybody could shed some light on this. I'm not referring to any particular job, but more general employability. Thanks.
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    Hi, I'm trying to decide between two courses at the university of birmingham; Theoretical Physics (TP) or Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics (TPAM). I'm leaning towards the latter, however I have heard stories of people with a joint honours in maths and physics being unable to get a job because it's supposedly less employable. I'm struggling to see how/why TPAM would be less employable than TP but apparently this person had to go back to uni to get a straight physics degree in order to get a job so I'm concerned. I'm wondering if anybody could shed some light on this. I'm not referring to any particular job, but more general employability. Thanks.
    There is no discernable difference in job prospects between both degrees. Anyone who says there is, is most likely trying to find something to blame for their career search failings.

    As I see it, physics nor maths directly leads to a specific job so you'd be in the market for 'generalist' jobs open to those with any degree or the token heavily quant/software jobs that specify numerate degrees.


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