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Can I become a theoretical physicist?

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With an undergrad degree in Applied Mathematics and Meteorology (school has no quantum field theory; didn't to study it and its extensive lab classes).

And then do a masters degree in Mathematical Physic afterwards do a PhD in Mathematical Physics?

Will I then be a theoretical physicist or a Mathematical Physicist? I know it sounds vague but is it possible to claim the title of being a "Theoretical Physicist" with two postgrad degrees in mathematical physics?
 

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Mathematical physics and theroretical physics sound very similar, and what you actually do will matter more than what exactly your degree says.
school has no quantum field theory
There is a lot of theory outside of particle physics, too.
 
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Mathematical physics and theroretical physics sound very similar, and what you actually do will matter more than what exactly your degree says.
There is a lot of theory outside of particle physics, too.
I guess so and cheers for your response. So is it then viable for me to say that I'm a 'physicist' (stemming from a postgrad in mathematical physics)?

Does particle physics have a lot of integral calculus? because I like integrals.
 
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So is it then viable for me to say that I'm a 'physicist' (stemming from a postgrad in mathematical physics)?
Who would stop you?

Does particle physics have a lot of integral calculus? because I like integrals.
Depends on what exactly you do, in general there will be many integrals around, most of them won't look like integrals you see as undergrad. There is even a wikipedia page just for integrals related to QFT.
 

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