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    Im studying Msci Applied Physics at University and I am in 3rd yr (it's a 5 year course). I'm thinking I want to do a PhD, is thier anyone here who has done a PhD after completing a course in Applied Physics?

    Im starting to realise that I prefer the theory side of things... if I stayed on the applied course would it make it very hard to do theoretical work in future?

    At the uni I am at the Applied physics course and the pure physics course do the same amount of maths. Their is a maths/physics degree too which is geared up for theoretical work, but it's too late for me to change to that now.

    Any knowledge??

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    No advice at all?? Should I maybe post this in a different section of the forum??



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    i think that you would struggle against the competition.

    If two graduates with equal degrees applied for a PhD in a theoretical physics field. one was a theoretical grad one was an applied grad the position would probably go to the theorist as they are probably better suited
    everything is mathematical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sox
    Im studying Msci Applied Physics at University and I am in 3rd yr (it's a 5 year course). I'm thinking I want to do a PhD, is thier anyone here who has done a PhD after completing a course in Applied Physics?

    Im starting to realise that I prefer the theory side of things... if I stayed on the applied course would it make it very hard to do theoretical work in future?

    At the uni I am at the Applied physics course and the pure physics course do the same amount of maths. Their is a maths/physics degree too which is geared up for theoretical work, but it's too late for me to change to that now.

    Any knowledge??

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    I would just get a job as an apprentice to someone doing what you like doing. Learn hands on. You will see most of what they teach is worthless.


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    Apprenticeship died out for a reason.
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    By apprenticeship do you mean working under the supervision of a prof/dr in a certain field?

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    Talk to your course advisors, lecturers and maybe any PhD students that you know. Those are the sorts of people that are best placed to offer sound advice on this matter. They also know your background and abilities etc.

    Whatever you do, don't listen to a some of the crazy folks on this forum (except me, of course).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiMaster
    Apprenticeship died out for a reason.
    Treason was the reason.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sox
    By apprenticeship do you mean working under the supervision of a prof/dr in a certain field?
    Look if you really want to do something good, or real. You are going to be up against it all. School is not going to get you to do anything good. They are going to get you to do what is socially acceptable. And that is usually evils doing.

    Like teaching you how to get your retirement package up front by tapping the companies cash, well ahead of your departure. I am sure there are special courses with Harold Paulsen as lecturer being set up now. To help protect the next generation of swindlers.

    I would find out what it is I like to do. And then find the craziest bastard on earth doing it in the face of law makers, and enjoy life, doing it.

    What you are truly interested in, is what you would like to do, and it is the right thing to do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick
    Quote Originally Posted by MagiMaster
    Apprenticeship died out for a reason.
    Treason was the reason.
    The reason was that the system of apprenticeship dies out was that it created a world where knowledge was concentrated in a very few people per field. This meant that, among other things, the pace of discovery was very slow and there was no such thing as cross-disciplinary work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by William McCormick
    Quote Originally Posted by sox
    By apprenticeship do you mean working under the supervision of a prof/dr in a certain field?
    Look if you really want to do something good, or real. You are going to be up against it all. School is not going to get you to do anything good. They are going to get you to do what is socially acceptable. And that is usually evils doing.

    Like teaching you how to get your retirement package up front by tapping the companies cash, well ahead of your departure. I am sure there are special courses with Harold Paulsen as lecturer being set up now. To help protect the next generation of swindlers.

    I would find out what it is I like to do. And then find the craziest bastard on earth doing it in the face of law makers, and enjoy life, doing it.

    What you are truly interested in, is what you would like to do, and it is the right thing to do.


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    William McCormick
    Wtf???

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    Now you know who zwirko is referring to.
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    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by sox
    Im studying Msci Applied Physics at University and I am in 3rd yr (it's a 5 year course). I'm thinking I want to do a PhD, is thier anyone here who has done a PhD after completing a course in Applied Physics?

    Im starting to realise that I prefer the theory side of things... if I stayed on the applied course would it make it very hard to do theoretical work in future?

    At the uni I am at the Applied physics course and the pure physics course do the same amount of maths. Their is a maths/physics degree too which is geared up for theoretical work, but it's too late for me to change to that now.

    Any knowledge??

    Cheers, sox.
    You can do whatever you want and are capable of doing. If you want to do theoretical physics you can and should get into a theoretical physics program for your Ph.D. I see no reason whatever why you cannot make a change, if you are capable and have demonstrated that capability to the faculty.

    I switched from electrical engineering (applied don't you think?) after my M.S. into pure mathematics (theoretical no ?) for the Ph.D.

    But you need to talk to someone on the faculty in the theoretical side to see if they would be inclined to accept you.
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