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I would like to ask if it is useful to have a solid maths background (but only 2 courses of "general physics" and 2 of "mathematical physics") as BSc in order to be a successful researcher in theoretical physics. Also, is it advisable to start with a BSc in physics instead of one in maths (it should be noted that in a physics BSc it will be possible to do few maths courses: only 3 analysis courses; 1 geometry; 1 mathematical methods of physics)?

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Anything is possible. The question is: will a grad department admit you without more physics background? Ask them, not us. –  Carl Witthoft Jul 8 at 11:43
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The problem is not the admission (already asked). I will reword the question: is that background sufficient to follow, say, this course www-thphys.physics.ox.ac.uk/MMathPhys/MMathPhysweb –  user10024 Jul 8 at 11:45
    
Also, is that background useful for physics, or it would have been better to have a 3 years physics degree? –  user10024 Jul 8 at 12:10
    
@CarlWitthoft what's your view on that? –  user10024 Jul 8 at 12:40
    
This is very dependent on what kind of physics you will be doing. In general, your background will be great to have but of limited usefulness except in some restricted fields (Mathematical Physics, naturally). As far as "is it enough" - no, in my opinion. Find a graduate program with ~2 years of classes and I suspect you will make a very qualified researcher with the extra mathematical background. –  levitopher Jul 8 at 13:48