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  1. #1 Branch of study vs. field of study 
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    Hi.


    I am certain that there is a difference between these. Who knows it?


    Branch of study vs. field of study


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    To my mind the difference is that field implies a broader area than branch, for example I could say my FIELD of study is chemistry, but within chemistry my BRANCH is physical chemistry.


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    Thanks.

    So, a student who has just been admitted to a university only can state the following, as he has been just admitted.

    For instance: My field of study is physics.


    Finally, the student who I have introduced above can never ever tell the followings:

    My branch of study is physics.

    My branch of study is physical chemist.
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    Yes that would be correct for him to say. During the course there would be lectures on the different branches of physics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    Thanks.

    So, a student who has just been admitted to a university only can state the following, as he has been just admitted.

    For instance: My field of study is physics.


    Finally, the student who I have introduced above can never ever tell the followings:

    My branch of study is physics.

    My branch of study is physical chemist.



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    Almost, the "my field of study is physics" is correct. The last two while a bit clumsy are not necessarily wrong, so I wouldn't say you can never say them but I can't imagine anyone saying it. "The branch of science I study is physics" and "The branch of chemistry I study is physical chemistry" would be correct. If you are using "branch" in this context I would say you should say what it is a branch of whereas "field" can be used on its own e.g "my field is chemistry"
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