Questions tagged [changing-fields]

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

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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?

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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Shifting to unrelated field after postdoc? Neurobiology to linguistics [closed]

I am a 4th-year postdoc in molecular neurobiology, but I would like to shift to linguistics-related fields, particularly cognitive linguistics. Long story short: I realized that I've been mixing up my ...
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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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Switching field between Humanities PhD and Translation PostDoc/industry [closed]

I'm surely going to ask a question that has already been posted, but I saw that the majority of the related questions were more about scientific fields rather than humanities. I'm going to start my ...
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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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Is there a chance to get in math phd for a physics student? [closed]

Let me introduce my background first. I am now a mathematical physics master student in Germany. I obtained my Bachelor in physics in Asia, used to be a M.Phil student in my undergraduate's university,...
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How may a young scholar without tenure change their field of research? [duplicate]

So let me elaborate on this question a bit with an imaginary scenario: John is a young, recent Ph.D. graduate in computer science. During his Ph.D. he was mainly concentrating on network science and ...
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Getting into new field after tech career / PhD in STEM, should i start a new degree as undergrad or at postgrad level

I have an undergrad and PhD in a STEM field (engineering), and a few publications in some decent journals. since passing my PhD, i've been working in a management position in a tech company for the ...
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Does switching majors look bad for graduate admissions?

Here's my situation: I've want to get into a master's or PhD level program in biomedical engineering. However, the college I go to does not offer a biomedical engineering degree. So, out of the ...
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PhD Partial thesis and changing advisors(or transferring universities)

Suppose you have written part of a thesis(normally a PhD thesis in my field has 2-3 parts, each part may be different from the others). How is it handled if you change advisors? Can you keep the parts ...
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Transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Applied Physics/Material Science

So I have a bit of a dilemma. I'm an American. I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked for the past two years in the RF field. I'm heading to school this fall to get my Master's. A ...
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Specialise now or broaden knowledge?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics coming to the end of a 4-year Bachelor degree. I have strong credentials (good marks, plus research and teaching experience) and have been doing ...
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Germany undergrad: is it possible to switch from medicine to biology?

My niece in Germany is applying for undergrad colleges, at this point she likes medicine and biology both. But she is not sure if she wants to end up being a doctor or a molecular biology researcher. ...
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Is just after your PhD a good time to switch your research area?

I am finishing my PhD soon. The area in which I pursued my PhD is very challenging as I was only able to publish couple of papers even after spending many years. I want to switch into other research ...
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How to transition into a PhD in Theoretical Physics?

I am currently a graduate student in Theoretical chemistry/Chemical Physics at one of the higher-ranked R1 universities in the US. After a year of taking graduate-level courses in Physics, I have ...
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switching fields from experimental chemistry to theoretical chemistry after PhD?

I am currently a second year PhD student in a 5 year direct-entry PhD program, studying experimental chemistry. Another important consideration is that I am on the first year of a 4 year top-tier ...
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Electrical Engineering freshman want to pursue PhD in Theoretical Computer Science [closed]

I'm a freshman in electrical engineering and have always interested in mathematics and researching. But I came to realize by the time I learn EE that it doesn't involve much math as I expected (...
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changing the field of specialisation in PhD

I have a masters in management studies with a specialisation in Marketing. Can I now do a PhD in Psychology? What would be required to become eligible in India? Esp. Mumbai? What are my options?
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How difficult is it to switch majors going from a BA to MA/Phd?

A few years ago, I received a BA in English. While I was studying my focus on English, however, shifted when I took a class on literary theory in the latter half of my 3rd year, which inspired in me a ...
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What do I need to do to move from a CS major to a math PhD

I am a first year computer science student in India. I have always liked mathematics and have performed well in it. I want to pursue research in pure mathematics. I did some research on the internet ...
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Will research experience in chemical engineering count when applying to grad school for biomedical engineering? [closed]

I am a sophomore international student currently majoring in chemical engineering and hoping to get into graduate school for biomedical engineering sometime in the future. My university is very small ...
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MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford [closed]

I've considered applying to the MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford, but I'm a little concerned that I don't quite fit the rubric of students attending the program. Having looked at the program's ...
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How to position myself to transition from doing wet lab research to doing computational work? [closed]

I am in the first quarter of the second year of my PhD. I learned to code as a hobby and have been quite passionate about analytical stuff. I got taken for a PhD basic research project which required ...
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Considering a second PhD, this time in statistics. Will any professors be interested in working with me? [duplicate]

I have a PhD in applied mathematics from a top university. I didn't realise it at the time because I was so focussed on my research, but it seems my research area (numerical analysis of PDEs) is ...
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Anthropology vs. Religious Studies graduate programs [closed]

This is my first post here and I'm looking for advice on the outlook of the field I guess. My undergrad background is in Anthropology, but my research is in anthropology of religion and can easily fit ...
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Using postdoc as a bridge to switch fields and transition from academia to industry

I am finishing a Ph.D. in psychology, but my goal is to find an industry job in biomedical engineering. Would an academic postdoc in biomedical engineering improve my prospects for an industry job in ...
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Is there any risk in applying for a different graduate program, while already doing a PhD?

I'm doing a Ph.D. (in Europe) in field X, but my interests have shifted towards a different subject (say Y) over time. I've tried to shift my research to be on interdisciplinary topics crossing the ...
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Doing a PhD in sociology as a computer scientist – is it possible?

I am a PhD student in CS. I am also interested in the humanities and I would like to pursue a PhD in sociology. I know the traditional way is to repeat the cycle starting from undergrad studies but ...
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Would doing machine learning during my PhD disqualify me from becoming a professor at a statistics department? [closed]

I would like to call myself as a statistician; I have been in statistics programs for seven years now (four year undergrad, two year master’s, one year PhD). I always thought that if I become a ...
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Is it plausible to change my major from pure math to applied sciences when applying for graduate school?

I am currently a third year undergraduate student in university. A year ago I decided to study pure math because I liked its rigorousness. As time moves on, frustration accumulates because I don't ...
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Supervisor lack of knowledge

I am a doctoral student in the engineering area in Europe, Belgium. I applied for the project in which I am in April and was accepted. I also had other offers from England. I liked the subject and ...
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What to expect when pursuing a second doctorate in an unrelated field [duplicate]

Long story short: I got a PhD a few years ago (let's say, in numerical methods for nonlinear PDEs). I've since gotten experience with a couple post-docs and a variety of collaborators, but I'm not ...
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Impact of a W for grad school if I'm changing majors?

I'm changing my major to philosophy from computer science in the middle of a semester, and I'm doing pretty poorly in one of my math classes. My advisor told me it would be a good idea to drop it ...
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Should I change my Ph.D. department to better reflect the nature of my project? [closed]

I am in the first year of my Ph.D. program and, if everything goes well, in the end I will get my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. The problem is that my project, beside finding application to building ...
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Doing another MSc during PhD

I've been a PhD student in a STEM field for less than year now. Before embarking on this journey, I was pondering between electrical engineering and computer science for my MSc studies, which I ...
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Will 2 years of non relevant work ex affect ms in cs prospects? [closed]

I have completed Bachelor's in Computer Science ( from India) with an 8.7 CGPA. During my engineering I've done a couple of relevant internships and published a couple of papers. After graduating, I'...
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Taking individual subjects not related to my career

I would like to ask for advice in this particular situation of mine: I am a Mexican medical doctor, and I am applying for a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering at a german university. The program ...
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How can I (masters in mathematics) prepare for an admission for PhD in economics? [closed]

I finished my master’s in mathematics a year ago from ETH Zurich. Now I want to do a PhD in economics, preferably at a top graduate school. My questions are: Would admission committee give minus ...
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Making a Lateral Jump in Fields for a PhD

Currently I am an MSc student in Resource and Environmental Economics. In the pursuit of further graduate studies, I think that I would be a lot more interested in pursuing something along the lines ...
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Should I change my PhD advisor when I find I got not enough advising?

UPDATE: My program is Computer Science and Engineering. I chose the current advisor for mainly three reasons: I'm interested in a general research area, and he's in a group doing the stuffs. He has ...
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What happens if a professor's interests shift dramatically? [closed]

Let's say Alice is a professor in underwater basket weaving. She likes the topic, has several PhD students & postdocs, a lab, and so on. But then one day, her husband Bob is knocked down by a car ...
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Is it possible to change the application area of research while looking for a postdoc position after PhD?

My PhD is in materials science in the field of environmental remediation (water decontamination) using different advanced materials as adsorbents. I also have expertise in computational chemistry and ...

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