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I'm applying this year for a snazzy 2 (maybe 3) year scholarship for graduate study at Oxford. I want to study gravitational physics, getting a strong foundation in relativity and quantum theory before choosing to research black holes, quantum gravity, quantum field theory or cosmology (all areas I could see myself doing, ultimately).

I need advice choosing between the Mathematical Physics (MP) group and the Theoretical Physics (TP) group at Oxford; unfortunately the TP website is down, and I can't tell what their research is about. It seems like there's more relativity in the math physics group (math department), but I'm also worried about doing the math PhD since they have no coursework and I'd have only 3-4 years to finish (while on the other hand a recent graduate told me the physics department there has classes). I've always planned to be at a US graduate school where I'd have another year of coursework.

Ultimately I want to be a physicist, rather than a mathematician. So - which do y'all recommend? And also, can a person with a PhD in mathematical physics still apply for jobs in physics departments later down the road, or will I be limited to math departments?

Thanks!

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# Programs Oxford PhD: Mathematical or Theoretical Physics?

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