MSc in Mathematical Physics – the best fit for me

We interviewed Girish, MSc in Mathematical Physics alumnus, and found out more about his reasons for studying with us.

1.    What made you choose the MSc in Mathematical Physics?

While my undergraduate degree cultivated my passion for theoretical physics, it showed me that I lacked some of the mathematical knowledge to really delve into the areas of theoretical physics in which I was interested. After a bit of research, I felt like the MSc in Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh was the best fit for what I was looking for; a framework that let me expand my mathematical knowledge in the context of my interests in physics. Additionally, I was attracted by the research interests of the Higgs Centre, and was excited to interact with faculty members from different research groups.

2. How well did the MSc in Mathematical Physics meet your expectations?

Overall, I was very happy with my MSc and I enjoyed the flexibility that it provided. It gave me considerable latitude in choosing my courses and thereby shaping the nature of my degree. Unfortunately, it was not possible to experience Edinburgh in its full glory due to the COVID-19 restrictions at the time, but I still managed to enjoy Edinburgh’s scenic hills and the beautiful sunsets that one could watch from them.

3. What was your best experience as a student here?

I definitely enjoyed interacting with the faculty from both the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Mathematics. They have a wide range of interests and it was fascinating to hear about the cool things that they are doing! This gave me a lot of direction in terms of figuring out my own research interests.

4.    What are you doing now?

I am currently doing a PhD in the mathematical physics group in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. It is a lot of work and you need to be self-driven, but I love it! I also enjoy the number of seminars and talks I get to attend: this is a great opportunity to meet researchers from all over the world (and get free food too at receptions!)

5.    What advice would you give to someone thinking of coming here to do the MSc in Mathematical Physics?

This degree is mainly designed to give you the knowledge and skills that you would need to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics or a related field. It is certainly challenging and requires hard work and discipline from your side.  That being said, you aren’t alone! There is plenty of help available from not only your lecturers but also from your peers. I personally think that asking your peers for help goes a very long way. I am grateful for the friends that I made during the MSc. We were able to rely on one another for both academic and emotional support, and it helped immensely, particularly during the times of online learning.

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