Can I do a PhD in Astronomy after a Masters in Mathematics?

Updated on : December 7, 2021 by Samuel Howard



Can I do a PhD in Astronomy after a Masters in Mathematics?

Definitely, assuming you are interested in theoretical or computational astronomy. I'm going to contradict Katerina's comments here; A number of bachelor's programs are good preparation for a Ph.D. in astronomy, and departments will accept people they think will perform well. Plus; Acquiring astronomical knowledge - basically factual information - is likely to be much easier than learning math skills if you haven't already. I think the assumption for any PhD / student / supervisor program is probably that it will have _some_ gaps in its knowledge

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Definitely, assuming you are interested in theoretical or computational astronomy. I'm going to contradict Katerina's comments here; A number of bachelor's programs are good preparation for a Ph.D. in astronomy, and departments will accept people they think will perform well. Plus; Acquiring astronomical knowledge - basically factual information - is likely to be much easier than learning math skills if you haven't already. I think the assumption for any PhD / student / supervisor program is probably that it will have _some_ gaps in its knowledge that it is expected to fill.

However, getting into observational astronomy can be more difficult if it is perceived that you do not have the necessary knowledge in experimental techniques. But not impossible.

Surely, as long as you are prepared to take the time to catch up on the necessary astronomical knowledge. During a PhD, you may have time to do it. The problem, however, is that departments generally prefer to hire college students from the same discipline who will generally be given priority for funding.

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