Graduate Student Looking for Advice

In summary, the speaker is starting a master's degree in Astrophysics with no prior background in the subject. They are concerned about how this may affect their chances of being accepted for a PhD in a different physics field, and whether their courses will transfer to count as a physics master's degree. The location of the speaker is also mentioned as important information when seeking advice.
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DonutLord
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Hi,

So I'm due to start my master's degree in September, with an Astrophysics research project. I have zero astro background, and want to keep my previous physics knowledge in case I don't enjoy astro as much as I thought I would. If I end up wanting to do a PhD in a different physics field, would having an Astronomy Master's degree (as opposed to a physics master's degree) hurt my chances of being accepted for a PhD in a Physics field other than astrophysics?
 
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In all likelihood, the courses won't (all) transfer to count as a physics masters and you'd end up taking the masters level physics anyway to pass the qualifying exams.
 
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DonutLord said:
Hi,

So I'm due to start my master's degree in September, with an Astrophysics research project. I have zero astro background, and want to keep my previous physics knowledge in case I don't enjoy astro as much as I thought I would. If I end up wanting to do a PhD in a different physics field, would having an Astronomy Master's degree (as opposed to a physics master's degree) hurt my chances of being accepted for a PhD in a Physics field other than astrophysics?

Where in the world are you doing this?

Never, ever forget, especially if you're new here, to indicate your location. We have members from all over the world. You wouldn't want someone to give you a response that is completely useless to you in your situation.

Zz.
 

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