Biophysics and Condensed matter physics interests me. I am more inclined towards biophysics. Would it weaken my application if i applied to both the biophysics program (Biological sciences department) and the condensed matter program (Physics department) in the same university? I want to apply for Condensed matter, in case i didn't get accepted in biophysics, i might get accepted in condensed matter.

P.S. I have a Bachelor's degree in theoretical physics.

  • I know a question similar to this was asked before, but i guess my case is different. I believe that biophysics and condensed matter physics are very related to each other.link Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 19:16
  • Depending on the university, it wouldn't matter what you applied to, because a bachelor's degree is not sufficient for entry to a doctorate programme. Please add sufficient detail to the question to make it answerable.
    – Nij
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 1:23
  • @Nij - What country are you talking about? Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 3:03
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    @MohamedAyman - I would frankly be surprised if anyone would even notice you had put in an application to another department in the same university. Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 3:05
  • @aparente001 my own. I do not wish to make this explicit.
    – Nij
    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 3:53

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I would see no harm in doing so. I view it as akin to applying to different schools when you first start college. To gain a better understanding, I would contact the graduate office at your school about multiple applications to different departments. Policies do vary from campus to campus.

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