Graduate studies and postgraduates studies

In summary, the conversation discusses the process of pursuing a PhD in physics after earning a BS degree. It is common for physics majors to first apply to graduate school and then pursue a PhD in their field of interest. The terms "graduate studies" and "grad school" refer to the same concept, and the nomenclature for "doing a PhD" may vary depending on the country.
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Once you earn you BS in physics at the undergraduate level and you decide that you want to become a physicist, do most physics majors apply to grad school first and then attempt to pursue in earn a pHd in their field of interests or do most physics bachelors directly apply for a pHd and therefore bypass their graduate studies?
 
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Masters or Ph.D. = graduate studies / grad school.
 
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It's pretty hard to pursue a PhD *before* applying for grad schools... :-)

The nomenclature for "doing a PhD" varies from country to country. "Graduate studies" (ie, any coursework or research project which leads to one or both of an M.Sc or a PhD) in Canada and the US is the same as "postgraduate studies" in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
 

Related to Graduate studies and postgraduates studies

1. What is the difference between graduate studies and postgraduate studies?

Graduate studies refer to the level of education beyond a bachelor's degree, typically a master's or doctoral degree. Postgraduate studies, on the other hand, specifically refer to studies after obtaining a bachelor's degree, including both graduate and professional degrees.

2. How long does it take to complete a graduate or postgraduate degree?

The length of time it takes to complete a graduate or postgraduate degree varies depending on the program and individual circumstances. Generally, a master's degree takes 1-2 years to complete, while a doctoral degree can take anywhere from 3-7 years.

3. What are the benefits of pursuing graduate or postgraduate studies?

Some potential benefits of pursuing graduate or postgraduate studies include gaining specialized knowledge and skills in a specific field, increasing job opportunities and earning potential, and networking with professionals in your field.

4. How do I choose the right graduate or postgraduate program for me?

When choosing a graduate or postgraduate program, it is important to consider your interests, career goals, and the reputation and accreditation of the program. You may also want to research faculty and their areas of expertise, as well as any opportunities for internships or research.

5. Is financial aid available for graduate or postgraduate studies?

Yes, there are various forms of financial aid available for graduate and postgraduate studies, including scholarships, grants, and loans. It is important to research and apply for these opportunities early on, as they may have specific deadlines and requirements.

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