I am writing here in hopes of obtaining good recommendations. I obtained a BSc in honors astrophysics in 2016 and after a lot of soul searching, came to realize that my real passion lies in the philosophical foundations of physics. My plan is to obtain a Masters in the philosophy of physics before moving on to a PhD in the theoretical foundations of physics. I already applied to the MSt program offered by Oxford and have two more choices I am currently applying for as well, but I have been told that I should apply to ~6-7 universities to be on the safe side.

These are the programs I am applying to so far:

  • MSt in Philosophy of Physics, Oxford University
  • MA in Philosophy of Physics, University of Bristol
  • MA in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Ludwig-Maximillian Universitat

I would very much appreciate it if somebody here could point me to similar programs. Because my end-goal is to go into theoretical physics proper, I am looking for a Masters program with a strong emphasis on the mathematical foundations of physics. This means that I am considering programs that don’t have the words “philosophy of physics” explicitly in their title provided that the faculty is strong enough in mathematics or physics. I am particularly enthused by the “mathematical philosophy” approach of the group at LMU and would like to learn about similar programs.

I am not interested in applying to institutions in the U.S, so I am placing most of my emphasis in UK, German, or other European institutions. Thanks a lot for your help!

I am passionate about studying chemical physics and I would like to go to a university that has strong courses because I would like to have solid understanding. I would also like to do research with good professors. All the websites that have rankings only rank by subjects such as chemistry or physics but I cant find a place that ranks “chemical physics”. I have looked up the ranking of physics and chemistry for Ohio state since the chemical physics program is a collaboration between both departments but I am not sure if this enough. I would also like to know how Ohio state in chemical physics compares to other places with the same program.

I am interested in other academics’ experiences with large experiments (especially something like the LHC). To what extent do the “engineers” who design and build the machine (solder electronics, assemble quadrupole magnets, etc) interact with “scientists” who determine the program (who might want to test their 11-dimensional model etc)? Do the two sides take an active interest in each other’s work and give constructive suggestions to one another? Are the technicians all hired locally? How many in the “engineering” camp have PhDs?

(It’s also possible to label the two groups “experimentalists” vs “theorists”, though for the former I really mean people involved in the construction and day-to-day operations – I’m not interested in semantics here)

While the Higgs was at a sigma of ~4, I heard that postdocs and PhD students at CERN could volunteer for maintenance and similar tasks, and that those who did would have their names on the “Higgs paper” (hence the notoriously large author lists). Was this true and is it still the case?

I have an MSc degree in photonics communication and BSc in Physics. I want to apply for a Ph.D.program in photonics. I have not a degree in electrical engineering.
I am insecure about the jobs that I can take in the future.
I am really frustrated. could you please tell me which kind of internships that I can take to see what is going on in this field even in unpaid?
Could not I really get a job in the industry?
I am looking forward to hearing your advice.
Thanks in advance!

I am interested in other academics’ experiences with large experiments (especially something like the LHC). To what extent do the “engineers” who design and build the machine (solder electronics, assemble quadrupole magnets, etc) interact with “scientists” who determine the program (who might want to test their 11-dimensional model etc)? Do the two sides take an active interest in each other’s work and give constructive suggestions to one another? Are the technicians all hired locally? How many in the “engineering” camp have PhDs?

(It’s also possible to label the two groups “experimentalists” vs “theorists”, though for the former I really mean people involved in the construction and day-to-day operations – I’m not interested in semantics here)

While the Higgs was at a sigma of ~4, I heard that postdocs and PhD students at CERN could volunteer for maintenance and similar tasks, and that those who did would have their names on the “Higgs paper” (hence the notoriously large author lists). Was this true and is it still the case?

my brother has an MSc degree in photonics communication and BSc in Physics. he wants to apply for the Ph.D. degree in photonics. I have not a degree in electrical engineering.
he is insecure about the jobs that he can take in the future.
he is really frustrated. could you please tell which kind of internships that he can take to see what is going on in his field even in unpaid?
Could not he really get a job in the industry?
I am looking forward to hearing your advice.
Thanks in advance!

I am interested in assistant professor positions in physics at teaching-focused universities in the US. New faculty in these positions may have 2 or 3 courses to teach. I have heard that preparing to teach classes for the first time takes an immense amount of time (~80 hours per week). Is this accurate or exaggerated?

How long would you expect to prepare a class that you haven’t taught before?

I am interested in assistant professor positions in physics at teaching-focused universities in the US. New faculty in these positions may have 2 or 3 courses to teach. I have heard that preparing to teach classes for the first time takes an immense amount of time (~80 hours per week). Is this accurate or exaggerated?

Edit for clarity:
How long would you expect to prepare a class that you haven’t taught before?