# Is there a theoretical physics masters that accepts mathematics graduates?

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I plan to graduate with an honours (four year) degree in philosophy and a general (three year) degree in mathematics. Are there any physics graduate programs that might admit me if I were to apply?

For context: My plan-A is to work in academic philosophy. A physics education might not appear on the resume of most philosophy professors, but I suspect that knowing about physics could improve a philosopher's thinking about a number of questions. Accordingly, it seems worthwhile to study physics during either, a one or two year detour, several years of concurrent distance education, or the summer terms of my philosophy education. Self-study is an option; however I'd prefer to earn a credential in order to improve my future applications to graduate schools and to employers.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hal
asked Jun 7, 2014
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In principle, yes, if you focus on applied mathematics and take all the physics-oriented courses offered by the maths department.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hunter
@Danu I considered asking the question in academia.se; however I doubted that there are enough people there who know about physics educations specifically; whereas, I suspect that most people here study, or have studied, physics at a university.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hal
@Hunter I had thought that pure math paired better with theoretical physics (e.g. Einstein and tensors), and that applied math paired better with experimental physics. Is that not the case?

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hal
@Hunter: my impression is that the kind of physics courses offered by applied math departments are not the kind somebody would want to tai if they were planning on going into philosophy with an emphasis on physics.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Peter Shor
@PeterShor I'm not sure, maybe you are right. But the original question has been edited since I commented on it, so I wasn't aware that the OP wanted to go into philosophy.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hunter
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@Flint72 Thank you for suggesting that. I had read about the program. It seemed that the program teaches philosophy to physics graduates, not vice versa. However, if the department values a combined physics-philosophy education, then perhaps it has created opportunities for physics-ignorant students to learn about the subject. I'll inquire about it. That said, I expect it will serve your friend well. Oxford is the school for philosophy. According to their website,most of their graduates proceed to academic careers, and about a quarter of them begin their careers as tenure tracked professors.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hal
@Flint72 I just clicked on the link to the Oxford Maths-Physics group. It seems they offer a 1 year masters in theoretical/mathematical physics for students who have completed three years of mathematics education: www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/MMathPhys/MMathPhysweb/index.html Thank you for that suggestion.

This post imported from StackExchange Physics at 2014-06-13 12:30 (UCT), posted by SE-user Hal

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