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?

  • 1
    What makes you think that a professor associated with both departments could be a problem?
    – adipro
    Apr 13 '16 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 '16 at 14:13
  • If you can demonstrate a strong case for each, I think it shouldn't be an issue.
    – adipro
    Apr 13 '16 at 15:01

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 '16 at 22:21
  • @M.Fingers then you will probably be fine. What more could you do?
    – Ric
    Apr 15 '16 at 5:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.