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Which offer to accept?

  1. Jun 21, 2015 #1

    Up to yesterday, I have been comparing my offers (master's degree) having solid state physics/ nanophysics in mind. Since I have an offer with scholarship from a good nanoscience program, I was thinking of accepting that. My other offers are physics.
    One of the physics departments which offered me admission (not funding) has a separate curriculum in biophysics for those interested/curious. I hadn't thought about it seriously before, since I had mostly concentrated on solid state physics.

    I need to accept one of the offers asap, but I know little about biophysics. It's the thought of doing a PhD in neuroscience (the whole "studying the brain" thing) that seems interesting. It "sounds" interesting, but I don't know much about it. Seems it would be too much deviation from my physics background. But (some of the) people working in the field seem to have (bio)physics background.
    It seems the quantum mechanics in solid state will be replaced by statistical mechanics and biology.

    I have two options:
    1. Choose nanoscience program. Go into solid state physics.
    2. Choose the unfunded physics program. Take some courses in biophysics. In case I liked it, I could do my thesis in that. If not, I could do my thesis in solid state.

    I would be grateful if anyone has any advice.
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  3. Jun 22, 2015 #2


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    I would take one of the offers with funding, unless you're well off.
  4. Jun 22, 2015 #3
    Thanks for your reply.
    I did the same thing. I don't know anything about how neuroscience research is. It seems like neuroscience is mostly biology, and biology is totally different from my own background.
    I hope I did the right thing.
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