I have become increasingly dissatisfied with my PhD/project in chemistry, and over the past few months have contemplating leaving with a Masters and going on to a different field altogether (physics). Here is what gets at me:

• I am not motivated by my project because a lot of requires boring bench work that I was not told I’d be doing/nor am I good at doing; I was told my project would be one thing (spectroscopy-oriented), but it is becoming something else that I don’t really care for nor am I good at.

• The post-docs in my lab have a favourite and constantly help him and provide me with little insight and put my project constantly on the backburner for our system

• My supervisor is never around, and despite mentioning I want to focus on becoming a physicist, he constantly forgets and pushes more dull chemistry stuff that I am not good at nor interested in

• I don’t like my department at all, the lack of direction in my project, and the city I live in

• I don’t get to actually do anything by myself, I’m always having to watch somebody else or help a little here or there. I don’t understand why my groupmates are like this and it is infuriating to no end. I feel like I have no role in the group/no real purpose

My parents tell me I look miserable all of the time. My friends say the same. I realize that I am not happy at all, mostly because I’m doing something that doesn’t make me feel passionate. I have my passions in a different branch of chemistry and physics altogether, and now I know I need to pursue those because I can’t see myself sustaining myself in this state for an additional 3 years.

My plan is to ask my supervisor kindly to change to a Masters. I even have a plan for what I can do for that thesis that I came up with and could probably get a paper out of it so it should appease him. Furthermore, I want to express to him that is not him, but rather my lack of passion for this project, and that I wish to pursue a PhD in a physics department elsewhere. My plan is then to apply for PhD positions in Northern Europe (dual citizenship, EU passport, but born in Canada). I can then focus on doing a PhD I am genuinely interested in, not a project that I sort of half-assed an interest with just because I was so stoked to do a PhD (I applied for a Masters but was offered a PhD instead and jumped at it without thinking). I applied to one school because I didn’t think I’d be serious about it. I was not too smart 3 years ago.

I have good grades, lots of research experience, and skills in optics/optical engineering. How do you think my chances of getting a PhD position in physics in either Germany, Denmark, Norway, or Sweden?

Thank you!

I live in a developing country and have a good job in here(Software engineering job). But I always want to advance my career so I think I should go to a country which has the developed software industry. Of course, Visa is always a hard thing(I am not a superstar on the field so it is hard to a company funding me a visa sponsor)

Another option is MSc Computer science, it will get me a way to get a job here.
But I wonder should I do it? Is it worth to quit my job and go to study for 2 years?


I’m a computer science major, and I have the chance to stay an extra semester because a scholarship is covering all my tuition for one more semester. I want to take a bunch of random classes for fun (I won’t have the chance in the future) but I’m considering piling on a bunch of classes to get a business minor.

I am wondering what the benefits of this are. Will it help with job prospects in CS or management?

Also, if I decide in the future to get an MBA, will having a business minor help me at all in admissions into an elite business school like famous HYP?

I have been admitted to University of Texas at Dallas for Master’s in Computer Science program and have joined in Spring. Although, I want to have second opinion and was wondering if it’s possible to transfer my school. I have some queries in the same regard:-

  • Do I need to apply from scratch to the new school that I intend to apply into?
  • Are the credits, that I gain in this term, transferable to the new school?

Any help would be really appreciated.

I asked my 2 undergraduate research supervisors on Friday, December 22nd. This is five and a half weeks before the deadlines (they would each be filling out 2 separate recommendation forms). The deadline is January 31st. I heard back from one supervisor about 10 minutes after I sent the email. However, I still haven’t heard back from the other supervisor. I am worried I sent it at an inappropriate time (too close to Christmas). Tomorrow will be exactly one more before the deadline. Did I wait too long to ask for the LORs? When should I follow up with the second potential writer?

So, currently I am majoring in philosophy in University of Latvia. Since I am not an idealist, I realize that I need to swicth majors as a grad to earn decent income, and law, economics or political science would be good options for me I think (with law being the best option). Do I have any options or am I out of luck?

The conditions are:

  • It must allow philosophy grads like myself in

  • It must teach in English (or in Russian, but let’s be real)

  • It must have either no or low tuition cost for citizens of EU (that’s why I chose Nordic countries, as they are the only countries in the EU with no tuition cost IIRC)

  • Optionally, it must be at least decently rated on university rating websites, the higher – the better

So do universities like these exist?

I hold BSc degree in Computer Science and now pursuing MEng in Computer Engineering. I want to get my second master degree in Business/Economics. But, I want to utilise my academic background (CS) in second master and after that. So far, I found one discipline/program that suits my criteria: Business Analytics (Data Science)

What would be the other options?

Edit: Not some specific program name from any university. Just the general title for program.