I would like to apply for PhD programs in two different departments, but at the same uni. I am interested in both fields, but not in the overlap between the two. Generally, this shouldn't be a problem. However, there is a professor associated with both departments. Could this turn out to be a problem? How would you deal with this?

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    What makes you think that a professor associated with both departments could be a problem?
    – adipro
    Apr 13, 2016 at 12:22
  • If I apply to department A with SOP A, and for department B with SOP B, and both SOP highlight very different interests, the professor seeing both applications might point out to either department, that I submitted two quite different applications, which could make me look less focused for a PhD program.
    – M. Fingers
    Apr 13, 2016 at 14:13
  • If you can demonstrate a strong case for each, I think it shouldn't be an issue.
    – adipro
    Apr 13, 2016 at 15:01

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If you've submitted two different applications and they each specify what you're interested in working on, this shouldn't be an issue.

  • well, they would certainly both state what I am interested in, but both applications would state quite different interests. (I am applying to two different departments, and, as I said, not because my interests lie in the intersection of the two)
    – M. Fingers
    Apr 12, 2016 at 22:21
  • @M.Fingers then you will probably be fine. What more could you do?
    – Ric
    Apr 15, 2016 at 5:00

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