I'm in my second year of Mathematics. I would like to take a PhD and if possible also a master. However, I was thinking to take a master in Machine Learning, work for a bit in that industry (5-10 years) and then go back to use Machine Learning in a PhD in Mathematical Physics.
However I would like to know if any of you had the experience of , or knew anyone with that experience, taking a PhD after say 5 or 10 years from taking the master or BSc.
Would it be possible to be accepted? Would it be possible to get funding?
I am talking especially in UK, but also the rest of EU and America are fine.
If you are indeed an educator, would you accept someone with that background?