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I’m looking to apply for CSME/computational physics/biophysics PhDs in America starting in September 2024. I'm a bit scared about physics departments just because whilst I have mechanics, QM and Stat Mech I have never taken any atomic/electrodynamic classes.

I would like to know if my application to physics grad school with computational specialism or biophysics specialism would be at all viable given the missing classes.

I’m from the UK my educational background is as follows:

1 year UK Physics MSc at a worldwide QS top 10 uni (Imperial/UCL). GPA: 3.6/3.7 Relevant Modules: Techniques of High Performance Computing (A, top of the class), Research Computing with C++ (A, probably 90th/95th percentile), Molecular Biophysics A, Quantum Computing A. Bad modules: Advanced Quantum Theory B, Advanced Statistical Mechanics (C-/F: condoned fail but would be a pass if I was a UG).

Research: Distributed Quantum Computing Thesis (20-40 pages, Distributing quantum circuits and classically simulating them using GPUs allowing one to study how entanglement errors affect circuit outcome). Distributed Quantum Computing Literature Review (5000 words). Case Study/Mock Review Article on a Quantum Computing technique used for molecular simulation (1500 word article + presentation + poster)

TA: TA'd an introductory programming class.

3 year UK Mathematics BSc at QS top 50 uni. GPA 3.4. Relevant Modules: Mathematical Programming A Linear Algebra (A, upper division/proof based) Quantum Mechanics A. Also took ODEs/PDEs/Mechanics/Stat Mech (A-/B) etc.

Research: Simulating a 2D Metamaterial and computationally deriving its normal modes.

Other Research Experience: 3 Months at US National Lab this summer working on the following: creating a high performance pipeline to analyse molecular dynamics trajectories of a biological system + Coarse graining an all atom system + Running my own enhanced sampling simulation on supercomputers. I presented a poster on my work at the intern student symposium.

Professional experience: 3 Months at a bank in their trading department. Using code to backtest/analyse potential trades.

Publications: I should be middle author on 2+ papers from my work at the US National Lab. I should be able to publish something first author from my MSc thesis or at least do a conference poster.

Please let me know what universities would be appropriate with this background and anything I can do to maximise my chances in the short time before application season.

Thank you.