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On changing from one discipline, sub-discipline, or department to another during one's education, or mid-career.

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Inquiry regarding my MSc degree in Mathematical Physics

I did my post graduation (MSc) in the branch Mathematical Physics in India. I have qualified national level Mathematics examination for this. Now I want to pursue my PhD in Mathematics but I am ...
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Changing Ph.D. supervisor or changing (applying for a new) PhD project

I have moved abroad to do a PhD in Europe (in a STEM field). Currently, I am in my second year, and I have realised that my supervisor has little to no knowledge about the fields (simulations and ...
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Switching Career from Theoretical Physics to Biomedical Engineering

I am doing my Ph.D. in theoretical physics but want to switch to biomedical engineering (BME), especially tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Do Master's programs accept students without any ...
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Working in HEP TH with a background primarily in HEP PH [duplicate]

I've just started a PhD in QCD phenomenology and Quarkonia. While I'm quite happy with the work at the moment, I suppose I do have a romanticised view of working in theory. How feasible is it for me ...
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How would it be possible to do a master's in astrophysics with a bachelor in software engineering?

Introduction To orient you, it would be better If I gave some extra information here. imagine someone in their studies of software engineering has found out about the applications of ML in the field ...
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Applying for a PhD in a different area

I've seen many posts in this website about changing fields (sample: 1, 2, 3, etc...). This is very reassuring for me, since I wanted to do just that. Just to sum up, I want to study an area of ...
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How can I get into physics?

I completed my undergraduate studies in economics a couple of years ago, and have since worked in finance (in the private and public sectors). Alongside my full-time work, I’ve pursued a master’s ...
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Transition between Applied Mathematics, Physics and Astrophysics/Choosing future research field

Background: I am interested in physics, but I had to choose the Applied Mathematics programme for my undergraduate studies, which is the most physics-related choice among what was available. I dont't ...
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Change of University Marie Curie program

Hello I'm in a cofunded PhD program with the University X (This means that the University X pays half of my salary) but my suepervisor decided to quit the project and I couldn't find a supervisor ...
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Can you work in physics research with a data science degree?

I just finished my first year studying physics but honestly I didn't like it at all. I started studying a day before every exam and skipped almost every class. However, I love physics, I read books at ...
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Transitioning from Math to Physics

I'm currently a 3rd year Math student and currently have one more year till I finish. Currently loving the degree, no problems. But I'm really running into a giant problem. I fell in love with Physics ...
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Switching to Maths after Physics Undergrad

I'm currently studying undergraduate physics at Cambridge UK (and a UK citizen). However, I've found the lack of rigor in the math we use extremely frustrating. I've dabbled in math texts (Spivak's ...
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Will studying for another master's degree in a PhD program be bad for my future PhD applications?

I am a physics student who completed my bachelor's degree at a US university last year. I got accepted into their PhD program and deferred a year to come to a UK university to complete a 9-month ...
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How to look for research opportunities in a different field?

I am a physics student doing a one-year taught master's program. Previously, I completed my Bachelor's degree with 2.5 years of research experience in subfield A of physics, with a few publications in ...
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PhD interview (Switching PhD)

I have a PhD interview in a few days. I am already registered as a PhD student at a university, however I am planning to switch to a different PhD program. My reason to switch are related to the ...
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Germany undergraduate : Is it possible to switch major from physics to medicine?

My niece is currently studying undergraduate at a German university majoring in physics. Can she switch to medicine? Does she need to take FSP to switch to medicine? Her high school diploma is not ...
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Can I approach a new professor from another University?

I am a Masters student. After two years of research, I could not able to meet the standard of my professor. I have tried a lot but he said I am not good enough at writing papers. I would not be able ...
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I have a PhD from Russia, is it realistic to find a postdoc/job in a field unrelated to my degree in the US? Should I do another MA or PhD?

As mentioned in this very good post (How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD? In some cultures/fields, it is common to take a short master’s degree, summer school, or “boot ...
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How exactly should I change research groups during the PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD student in physics at a US university. I am currently in my third year and I do not feel that my research interests are perfectly aligned with that of the group. Besides a mismatch of ...
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Can I enroll in an engineering PhD as an MD?

I currently have a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and soon I will get a Medical Doctor's degree (which technically is a Master's degree). I want to start a PhD after finishing medical ...
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How easy is it to transition from STEM to the social sciences?

I am almost done with my bachelor's degree in a STEM field (Computer Science). I wanted to ask if it is possible to transition into the social sciences, after I am done with my bachelor's? I'm ...
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Is doing a PhD in philosophy with a master's in an unrelated discipline viable?

I have a master's degree in computer science, and have been working as a software developer outside of academia for about a decade. I'm considering trying to transition into academic philosophy with ...
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Contacting multiple potential advisors, while already a PhD student. What is the etiquette?

I am currently a PhD student in the US, and have an advisor, but I am in the process of changing my advisor and consequently my project and area of research. I was advised by the department to contact ...
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(How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD?

This is a special community wiki 'canonical' post, which provides a comprehensive answer to this commonly-asked question. See this meta discussion. Questions about switching from X to Y may be closed ...
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Mathematics PhD after M.Sc. Physics

I am an Indian physics student, studying mathematical aspects of quantum field theory and such. Over the years, I have realised that I do not enjoy the mathematical hand waviness that goes into ...
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Changing groups at second year of PhD

I am a second year PhD student in physics at a US university. I have been working with a group for one year. Recently, I have become more and more attracted by another subject. In particular, I have ...
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PhD in computer science and work as a mathematician

I want to ask if it is possible to be a mathematician (while also being a computer scientist reseaching in a mathematical related field). I really love mathematics, specifically analytic number theory....
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Change of field between PhD and Postdoc

I am currently writing my PhD Thesis in Computational Engineering applied to Civil Engineering. My background includes an MSc in Civil Engineering, an MSc in Computational Engineering, and a BSc in ...
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Transitioning to pure research in physics after an electronics engineering degree

I have always been a lover of physics but due to certain circumstances I was unable to take up a physics degree in my undergrad. I was aimless for a while but have now again decided to take a shot at ...
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Opportunities for Computer Science Graduates in the Field of Economics

I am a cs graduate as the title suggests. I have been working as a data engineering/ science consultant for the past couple of months. And I will hopefully get a public administrative job (civil ...
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How to: Change of research field after thesis [duplicate]

I'll soon have finished my PhD in mathematics in a not top ranked university, and as far as I see it, my thesis is not going to be especially impressive. My goal after the defense is to either leave ...
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How to study a field on which no professors specialise in your university

I am currently an undergraduate student in math, but this question is already bugging me, because I am about to start an undergraduate research project that will likely become my Masters degree as ...
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Switching Academic Fields for Grad Admission - Europe and Australia

I am a pre-final year Electronics and Communication Engineering Undergraduate. I am very much interested in pursuing higher studies in Radio Astronomy and am working on multiple projects in a specific ...
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Changing fields from Mathematics to Biology/Chemistry

I’m currently in my penultimate year of an undergraduate degree in mathematics. I’ve been thinking about changing fields completely. I love maths, so I intend to graduate with this degree and I’m ...
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Telling my department about switching to a new PhD program - moral dilemma

Background I'm a PhD student in a science PhD program in the US. I had a fellowship covering all costs + a stipend and so far I haven't had to TA or RA. I'd be TAing from next year though. I have had ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

I quit my current research group after four and a half years. I am currently looking for other opportunities to join a new research group and finish my PhD. Based on recent meetings with my former PhD ...
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Changing fields after PhD, master's or post-doc?

I am not far away from finishing a PhD in molecular toxicology. However, with time I have gotten more and more interested in topics such as renewable energy, environmental/climate science and ...
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How to keep confidential my PhD position search, if I have already started a PhD in a lab, but want to change

I am currently hired as a PhD student in the lab for 8 months and I would like to look for another PhD position. The main reason is that my interests don't fit the research focus of my current lab. ...
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Entering Economics Ph D from M Sc Behavioural Science

I am an Economics undergraduate from India and I wish to at the end become a researcher in Economics after having a Ph. D. in Economics itself. But given my interest in Behavioural Economics, I ...
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Inability to secure any research position after PhD and postdoc. I am stuck with my low prospects research field. How do I proceed with my career? [closed]

My PhD research was in computational modeling of shot peening process using finite element analysis. An example publication can be found here. I did my PhD and currently pursuing my postdoc in the ...
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How hard is it to change a (sub-)field right after starting a CS PhD?

I am a senior undergrad in computer systems field (specifically, computer networks) and applied for CS PhD this year. My question is: If I find a new interest in a different field before starting a ...
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Changing research disciplines during Graduate school [closed]

I am about to start a masters on track to phd program at a graduate school in the US. I study archaeology and intend to focus my masters on a geoarchaeological research project. My archaeological ...
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IT, life sciences and self-hate [closed]

To give you some background: I spent 4 years getting a PhD in a second-tier university in Europe, struggling heavily with no input, mentorship or encouragement from the PI. Then I did 3 year of ...
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Master's degree after Bachelor in Liberal Arts and Humanities

I have a question regarding a futher education after obtaining Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts and humanities. Is it feasible/possible/widespread to obtain Master's in some other specialization? ...
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Moving from engineering to astrophysics (postdoc) [closed]

I have seen an interesting postdoc position in computational astrophysics (focused on planet formation). I am a PhD in engineering, and I do research on mathematical modeling of hydro/fluid dynamics ...
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Relevance of Research Papers from another field for Grad Admission [duplicate]

I am a student of Indian nationality, currently pursuing my bachelor's in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I wish to pursue a Ph.D. and later a career in astronomy (with an inclination to ...
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Change of research area for Postdoc [duplicate]

I did a Ph.D. in the area of engineering mathematics. The thesis used some of the concepts from Mathematics, such as basic probability and statistics (Bachelor/Master level), calculus (Bachelor/Master ...
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Switch from Civil Engineering to experimental Physics? [closed]

A couple of years ago, I grew an interest in natural sciences. I then started some hardcore reading and investigation of many physics disciplines that I wasn't familiar with. I have 9 years experience ...
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Chances of getting into a PhD program (Physics) after an MS from another stream (Chemistry) [duplicate]

I am an international student who started my PhD program in chemistry at an R1 university in the US, at the beginning of Fall 2019. As I credited graduate level courses in Physics like Mathematical ...
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Professors refusing to write recommendation letter due to change of field

I am a chemistry undergraduate student applying for master’s programs in electrical and computer engineering or computer science (ECE/CS). All my programming skills are self-taught so my professors ...
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