I am presently a third-year undergraduate of mechanical engineering and I am interested in applying for physics graduate programs for admission in the fall of 2020. Since I hail from a different stream I am a bit worried about my likelihood of obtaining admission.

Although my major is different I have made sure to do the physics undergraduate courses online via platforms such as Edx and Coursera.

  • I have taught two certified summer schools in General Relativity and certified-credited courses in Classical Mechanics and General Really at my university.
  • I have written two books, one on Differential Geometry and another on General Relativity (Essential Differential Geometry:The Language of General Relativity and Relativistically Speaking: An Introduction to General Relativity respectively), both published on Amazon and are selling successfully worldwide.
  • I have published a paper in GR on the decay time of binaries and another paper in Fuzzy Graph Theory is due for publication in the Journal of Analysis and Mathematical Physics.

  • I have secured the position of a visiting student researcher (5 months and running) at the Center for High Energy Physics at IISC where I have been involved research on holography.

After extensive research regarding whether I can consider applying to universities with strong programs in the field of my liking I found out that the internet is divided into two groups- one which says that only top, well-rounded and “elite” students get into such programs and the other says that people who apply are just highly motivated undergrads.

Do colleges (especially ones in the UK) consider a stream-changing student like me and would I be considered at an international top school?

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    I personally know two people who went from engineering undergrad to physics PhD at a top school in the UK. I also know someone who went from physics PhD/postdoc to engineering assistant professor! So both ways have been done. I don't get the impression it's that unusual either. – atom44 Apr 23 '19 at 9:05
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    You will probably have to make up any courses that are considered pre-req to your graduate classes, but I've known many lane changes and they have done fine. (eng to physics isn't as radical as say english lit to bio chem) – scrappedcola Apr 23 '19 at 13:14

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