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The main issue I can think is time. Other people who will be working on the same research field will spend their full working week on the topic while you will be working only in your free time (weekends etc.). So you will be progressing very slowly and there is a high chance that you might get scooped if you are working on some hot research topic. All that ...


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In the German system, there are many courses of study that cannot accommodate as many students as who would like to enroll. This is also the reason for what you called a bifurcation -- without doing that early, i.e., at the beginning of the studies, the university would have problems allocating the needed resources. Many universities have both restricted ...


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