Within my field, I have strong interests in two subfields. Those two subfields are quite different from another though. There is also no overlap between the two fields. (assume all of this)
The department I want to apply to offers two PhDs.
- a general PhD (PhD A)
- a quite specific PhD with a focus on one of my subfields (PhD B)
I am now considering to highlight my subfield A for my application to PhD A, and my subfield B for the (more specific) PhD B. I am applying to the same department though. Is this a viable strategy? Will the department notice my two very different statements and look on them rather bad? My fields are very diverse within the field, but they are, nevertheless, in one and the same general field.