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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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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University change (To other lab)

I have a question and would like as much suggestion as possible please. I am in kind of a serious situation. I had applied for PhD program in a good korean university. As I had already studied Korean ...
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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?

I am an early-career academic: I am finishing / finished with grad school, but have not yet found a permanent position. My work so far has been in field X, but I would like to move forward in field Y. ...
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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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From research in machine learning to pure math PhD

I am currently working as a research technician in applied math (machine learning) for a European institution that also does some research in pure mathematics. I find some research lines in pure math ...
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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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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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