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  1. ProtonNeutron

    A What are the recent advancements in quantum gravity?

    I am currently doing my masters in theoretical physics and I would like for my phd to be something quantum gravity oriented. However it seems hard to find whats "hot" in the field those past few years and I only know the basics of these topics (though I believe this can be improved). What are...
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    Engineering Effects of dropping out of my PhD studies

    I'm a recently graduated MS in EE, I'm considering continuing onto a PhD. I'm wondering, what impact would starting a PhD and dropping out have on my career? Basically I'm considering giving it an honest shot for ~1 year and if I hate the experience leave. One year isn't a huge personal...
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    Other What in my PhD thesis is my intellectual property and what's the Uni's

    I am currently writing my thesis and basically the conclusion is, in part, a statement about how this work can be built upon. I received a post-doc that is almost a natural extension of my thesis. One of the reasons I accepted it was so I could work on some ideas that I have had that I never...
  4. dark photon

    PhD: UChicago vs UZH

    I was about to start my PhD in physics at UZH (Universität Zürich, not to be confused with ETH Zürich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in April when the coronavirus lock down trapped me in my country (not Switzerland nor USA) a few days before my plane was supposed to lift of. So now...
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    Other How hard is it to get into a CS PhD compared to physics?

    Hello guys (and girls), I'm from Europe and I was wondering whether any of you know how hard it is to get into the top US CS PhD programs as compared to getting into physics. I think I've once read on Quora that getting into engineering is way harder since this area of research does not receive...
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    Career advise: theoretical physics PhD?

    When I was studying the bachelor in physics, I was happy and got good marks (not the best, but good). I always liked the more theoretical and mathematical subjects. Then I did a masters in Theoretical Physics in Spain. At the beginning I was happy: all subjects were hard but interesting. I spent...
  7. sleepinginsomnia

    Physics Considering a Physics PhD and my future

    Hi all. I'm having some trouble formulating my thoughts and what I should consider for my future going forwards. I'm a Mphys graduate and my masters project was in Astrophysics.(FYI im in the uk and cant leave Leeds for a few years because of family issues) So I graduated from uni back in July...
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    Schools To include or not include the Physics GRE scores?

    Hello everyone! I am an international student at a US university applying for PhD programs in Physics and Astronomy. I recently got my PGRE results back and I have an 800/990 (which put my at a 70 percentile). I have a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Physics and Math major, have 1 publication and 4 on the...
  9. Dopplershift

    Other Entering a PhD Physics Program While Teaching High School?

    Hello, I am currently a high school physics teacher in Chicago. I am thinking about going back to school to get a PHD in Physics. I currently have a B.S. in Applied Physics and a secondary education license. I would like to find a way to go back and get a PHD. I cannot afford to quit my job...
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    Admissions Did I commit career suicide?

    I started my Ph.D program this year in material science and engineering at a reputed school in the US. After a month I realized that I am more interested in how electrical engineers approach nanotechnology/microelectronics. I liked the idea of applying science to optimize devices and make...
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    Programs Phd in the US after completing an Msc

    I am currently offered to enroll for an Msc degree in my home university (Somewhere in asia). The program is not "SUPER", but they are promising me a research year in DESY (germany) alongside the degree. The degree will take me 2 years. I want to complete a Phd as well, but I am not planning...
  12. T

    Programs Experimental physics, applied math, or both?

    Hey all, So I'm about to be a senior at a US school, and likely want to do grad school. I'm posting here because my interests are really sorta disparate and don't really share a theme. I like dynamics, stat mech, doing stuff on computers, and doing stuff with my hands.... Anyway, here's a...
  13. J

    Programs PhD Topic Change

    Is it common for physics grads to change the topic of their research focus (staying within physics) while at graduate school?
  14. S

    Admissions Applying to European PhD Programs with a US Masters

    I know this topic has been discussed a lot on this forum, but I had trouble finding an answer to my precise question. Current Understanding: I have read up on the differences between the US and European graduate systems. I understand US merges MS and PhD programs resulting in an average...
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    Admissions PhD in Particle Physics: Oxford or Imperial?

    Hi all, I recently got accepted to do a PhD into High Energy Physics groups at Oxford, Imperial, UCL, Cambridge and Manchester. My main interest is neutrino physics, which all of these places are offering. However, I am struggling to pick between Oxford and Imperial. I have met and discussed...
  16. Wortgewandtheit

    Other Career Advice for Living and Working in Switzerland

    Hello, first post here, didn't know this existed until very recently. I was going to ask if anyone could give me some advice regarding living and working in Switzerland. I will be done with my Bachelor's in Physics (With a specialty in Research, this is a Swedish invention, but it amounts to...
  17. CharlieCW

    Should I continue my PhD? Advice needed

    Hello. I'm currently beginning my 2nd semester of a dual Msc/PhD in Physics in the top university of my home country, but lately I've been struggling with self-doubt and uncertainty about the job prospects and whether research is actually for me. To give you some background. Since I was in high...
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    Schools Does the university's prestige matter? [PhD admission]

    Hi! I'm currently applying for a masters program in theoretical physics, more specifically in String and Quantum Field theory. I will apply for Oxford, Kings college, Imperial college and Perimeter Institute among other universities and institutions. However, I also want to go to Uppsala...
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    Other I started PhD abroad, but would like to get a job

    Greetings, I recently started a PhD in Belgium after resigning from my current job (IT branch) in my home country, Turkey. It was a global company and I had been working there for around 8 months when I resigned. I realized that what I want is a solid job as soon as possible and now I am in the...
  20. multivac42

    Admissions A gap in biography in application

    I am the second year Master student and I'm planning to apply for PhD this fall. My goal are top schools in the USA and my chances l seem to be pretty good overall (6 published articles, 4 of which are in decent international physics journals like PRB/APL; excellent pGRE and GRE scores, four+...
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    Programs Switching from a biomedical physics major to physics

    I'm currently doing a biomedical physics major because it's the best choice to follow the med school track in something physics related, and is a really good fallback plan as my advisor described it. Now my true passion is in physics and I really wanna get a PhD later on, so if I didn't make it...
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    Admissions Grad Application: GPA low due to disability

    Hi everyone. I am looking for some advice on how to go about writing grad school applications next year. My freshman year (Fall 2011) I developed a brain disorder that, while untreated, dramatically reduced my cognitive ability. I took two years off of school starting in 2013 came back in 2015...
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    Admissions PhD in the UK

    Hi everyone! I'm an physics italian student, and I was looking for a phd in the UK. I hope that someone of you can help me to understand the procedure to follow. I expect to graduate in July-September 2019, and I would to know if i have to had already the title for apply for a phd which start on...
  24. Suyash Singh

    Why would you do a PhD?

    I wanted a recent first hand answer from people. Why would you do a phd? I thought everyone hated studies and just did it to get a job
  25. S

    Struggling to choose my PhD topic

    <Moderator note: Moved from academic guidance to career guidance on Scott92's request. Reason: The question primarily addresses job opportunities in dependence of PhD subject.> Hey everyone, I'm a student who is currently undertaking a Master of Physics (coursework & research) at the...
  26. Biscuit

    Physics Unsure of my future in physics

    Before you read this I must make a request that you read the whole thing if you start because my thoughts may be disorganized or there may be at least one part you find you could respond to. thank you! I'm not too sure if this is the right place to post, but I'm proceeding regardless. I love...
  27. R

    Should I go to the Air Force for physics?

    Alright so I'm a freshman in college studying physics with astronomy specialization. I want to eventually get a PhD and work for a space agency or maybe even become an astronaut. I've been told that having experience in the Air force looks much better when applying to work for a space agency...
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    Programs PHD in Computer Science with a concentration in Chaos Theory

    Hi everyone, I am working on a second bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and am hoping to enter a Phd program in fall of 2019. Recently, I have taken an interest in Chaos Theory and was wondering if it is possible to do research in the field in the Computer Science department, or if it is...
  29. J

    Programs European Cosmology groups for PhD

    Hi, I am planning to apply to some PhD programs in Cosmology in Europe. I've already identified some potential groups, but I'm sure that I'm still missing a few. I am interested in Cosmology in general (not a particular aspect/research area of it). Could you kindly inform me of any European...
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    Admissions European PhD programs aplication and admussion advice

    Hi, I would like to ask you all if you can five me some guidence on how to procede in following situatio . First i will give some context for my situation. I have finnished my undergraduate and my masters degree in institution that is outside EU, during my masters degree i had done research in...
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