I plan to graduate with an honours (four year) degree in philosophy and a general (three year) degree in mathematics. Are there any physics graduate programs that might admit me if I were to apply?

For context: My plan-A is to work in academic philosophy. A physics education might not appear on the resume of most philosophy professors, but I suspect that knowing about physics could improve a philosopher's thinking about a number of questions. Accordingly, it seems worthwhile to study physics during either, a one or two year detour, several years of concurrent distance education, or the summer terms of my philosophy education. Self-study is an option; however I'd prefer to earn a credential in order to improve my future applications to graduate schools and to employers.


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    $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about academic careers rather than physics. $\endgroup$ – Danu Jun 7 '14 at 12:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Danu I considered asking the question in academia.se; however I doubted that there are enough people there who know about physics educations specifically; whereas, I suspect that most people here study, or have studied, physics at a university. $\endgroup$ – Hal Jun 7 '14 at 13:08
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    $\begingroup$ @Hunter I had thought that pure math paired better with theoretical physics (e.g. Einstein and tensors), and that applied math paired better with experimental physics. Is that not the case? $\endgroup$ – Hal Jun 7 '14 at 13:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Hal : It England most theoretical physics is thought by the Department of Maths. See for example Cambridge, Durham and Edinbrugh. In fact Cambridge tend not to accept students with a physics undergraduate degree for Theoretical Physics further study. $\endgroup$ – Flint72 Jun 7 '14 at 14:20
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    $\begingroup$ @Flint72 Thank you for suggesting that. I had read about the program. It seemed that the program teaches philosophy to physics graduates, not vice versa. However, if the department values a combined physics-philosophy education, then perhaps it has created opportunities for physics-ignorant students to learn about the subject. I'll inquire about it. That said, I expect it will serve your friend well. Oxford is the school for philosophy. According to their website,most of their graduates proceed to academic careers, and about a quarter of them begin their careers as tenure tracked professors. $\endgroup$ – Hal Jun 8 '14 at 12:51

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