>>9824099I'll give a much more focused guide than

>>9824189. That one is good but too long. In my opinion physics students should get to qft as soon as possible, then with this perspective they'll be able to learn the advanced parts of fields much easier like statistical mechanics or electromagnetism. The estimated times given assume many hours of study each day and are reasonable minimums. I may have seriously misjudged beginner quantum or qft books as I had difficulty with them when starting but find them easy now. You need to know some basic electromagnetism and waves etc. but I don't like any books on them. Either their treatment is awful or too advanced for an intro.

Nearing, mathematical tools, complex integration chapter, fourier analysis chapters because I can't think of anywhere else to learn them ~1 week

Goldstein, classical mechanics, chapters 1,2,8,9 ~1 week (actually achieved)

Schutz, general relativity, only special relativity section ~2 weeks (actually achieved)

Shankar, quantum mechanics, just the basics, if a chapter feels off just skip it since Sakurai will cover it better ~3 weeks

Sakurai, quantum mechanics ~3 weeks

Lahiri and Pal, quantum field theory ~4 weeks (didn't finish but the first half is very easy and a good intro)

Ryder, quantum field theory ~4 weeks (I took breaks but I'm confident it's doable)

Srednicki, quantum field theory ~12? weeks (I'm reading this right now and it's pretty hard so I'm being safe here)