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Dilemma: pathway to be theoretical physicist

  1. May 15, 2010 #1
    Hi there!

    First let me put some background here:
    1. I'm an undergraduate student from (an not-well-known) university in Malaysia. Currently studying Bsc Physics, at my final year.
    2. I am very interested in theoretical physics. (but not certain which subfield, of course)
    3. I was stuck here with (not so good) education. Just to be simple, I think I wasn't taught to learn sufficient math/pure physics to actually handle theoretical (eg: i learned quantum mechanics without developing sufficient math or idea in hilbert space, infinite vector space etc)

    Question lingering in my head:
    1. I am keen on my path. Is there any book/resources suggested to top up my knowledge, or fix my position? This is especially crucial as most institution allow graduate studies but I might don't have suffice knowledge to handle it. I notice http://www.phys.uu.nl/~thooft/theorist.html offer quite some information. Though I don't think I'll have the time(I'm graduating soon). Perhaps anyone may distill the essential ones out so I can focus?

    2. I will eventually graduate. Lets assume I get (not super) but sufficiently good grades (first class, or second upper perhaps?). Is there any possibilities to enter other institutes which provide research in theoretical physics, preferably in US (and of course, not crappy unknown university)

    3. I am also financially constrained. An open question: should I:
    a. take a masters in malaysia, and further my studies overseas
    b. take both masters & phd overseas (which in case i'll need to delay my plan until i get suffice cash)

    the main concern is: will (a) cause problem (eg university not accepting masters here, etc?)

    4. Will university overseas accept (accredit, whatever) my degree if I further study as postgrad? What if they don't accept? (ie is there entrance examination etc)

    Now I'm sorry to throw bunch of weird questions around. Especially when questions get more and more subjective. Feel free to comment anything about it. Thanks!
  2. jcsd
  3. May 16, 2010 #2

    I've sent you a private message, please check your inbox (I'm posting this since I'm not sure whether there are email notifications for the priv. msgs).

  4. May 16, 2010 #3
    replied! thanks!
  5. Jul 6, 2011 #4
    I also have almost similar concerns except, can you please inbox me your suggestions too.
  6. Jul 7, 2011 #5
    Hi (that seems to be the standard protocol)

    I am in a similar place as "emp" and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what i could read to amp up my knowledge and understanding.
  7. Jul 8, 2011 #6
    Same here, it seems all the discussion decided to go into private messaging. =/
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