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Hi guys so I'm told that theoretical physicist can go into investment banking. How true is this still? I have an offer to do the Quantum fields and fundamental forces (QFFF) Msc course at imperial its suppose to be very good - however it contains no computational modules. I do have the option to do a numerical dissertation however (numerical GR). I'd love to do this course and continue to Phd level (maybe part time). I also have an interest in finance and the markets so it would be great if I could become a quant. I'm also trying to line up a summer (2012) placement - we have over three months to do the project and I was hoping to do a few days in an investment bank (free of charge of course).

My computer skills are average and I work on them in my spare time - but will that be enough? I also hold an offer for the applied math Msc - however as my background is (astro)physics and I'm told that my optional modules would be limited due to prerequisites. This however seems a better route career wise.

Ideally if I could complete the QFFF Msc and go straight into investment banking (the quantitative side), once I've done a placement or two, and year or two into it I would take a part-time Phd over several years, is this possible? or would I need the Phd before hand - I've seen a lot of these investment grad schemes - but it seems the more interesting stuff goes to the computer literate mathematicians (i.e optimization, numerical analysis) and physicists - not the Quantum field theorists. So how realistic is this dream. How hard would it be to teach myself the programming skills I need - after all I know basic programming.

Alternatively I could do the applied math Msc instead go into investment banking and later on do a Phd in a less theoretical area (chaos or something like that). Any thoughts guys?

My computer skills are average and I work on them in my spare time - but will that be enough? I also hold an offer for the applied math Msc - however as my background is (astro)physics and I'm told that my optional modules would be limited due to prerequisites. This however seems a better route career wise.

Ideally if I could complete the QFFF Msc and go straight into investment banking (the quantitative side), once I've done a placement or two, and year or two into it I would take a part-time Phd over several years, is this possible? or would I need the Phd before hand - I've seen a lot of these investment grad schemes - but it seems the more interesting stuff goes to the computer literate mathematicians (i.e optimization, numerical analysis) and physicists - not the Quantum field theorists. So how realistic is this dream. How hard would it be to teach myself the programming skills I need - after all I know basic programming.

Alternatively I could do the applied math Msc instead go into investment banking and later on do a Phd in a less theoretical area (chaos or something like that). Any thoughts guys?

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