This is the tag for academic questions discussions about the Doctor of Philosophy degree and programs leading to this degree.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

11
votes
0answers
134 views

Mistake in a scientific PhD. thesis

I've just defended my PhD. in mathematics and started a postdoc. While working on an improvement of one of the results of my thesis, I realized that there are several minor mistakes and a big bug in ...
1
vote
0answers
20 views

Masters VS. PhD in I.O. Psychology

I am an undergrad wanting to pursue an I.O. psych career. I understand there is a wage gap difference in obtaining a masters/PhD. Yet, I haven't the slightest clue how much of a difference? Also, I am ...
5
votes
1answer
54 views

How would it look like from reviewers' point of view if one submits off-topic works for application to phd programs?

By a scientific work I mean any work of mine that either belongs to my field or belongs to some related fields of my field. A work that is not a scientific work is called off-topic. Since I ...
-4
votes
3answers
282 views

Is there a reason to prefer one country over another for PhD study?

Suppose a student gets a PhD offer in the field of Theoritical Computer Science from universities in the following countries: China Russia Germany USA Suppose all universities have almost the ...
-3
votes
0answers
32 views

Which US school for PhD in computer systems? (mobile, cloud, IoT) [on hold]

Some US schools are closer to the industry and work on stuff where the vision of deployment of your PhD isn't abstract, yet can be considered research. For people with computer systems interests (OS, ...
2
votes
2answers
128 views

What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
9
votes
4answers
427 views

Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
13
votes
4answers
1k views

Is it a bad idea to express my personal feelings about the subject when writing email to a professor for PhD application?

I'm looking for PhD positions and I just recently came across an option in Germany. These guys are working on a subject that is very really truly interesting for me. I want to write to the head of the ...
-2
votes
0answers
43 views

Taking leave of absence before receiving ABD status (not finish comps exam) [on hold]

(the question is refined to be clear) I major archaeology. I have spent excessive time, i.e., two years, to prepare comps, and I am thinking about taking leave of absence and go contrast archaeology ...
1
vote
2answers
139 views

How to address a doctoral candidate who is ABD (All but Dissertation)? Is “Dr” appropriate?

How does one address a doctoral candidate who completed all his/here requirements except the dissertation? Would they be referred to as Doctor? Or is there another title? In the past, I believe I've ...
53
votes
8answers
7k views

I want to do research but I'm too old for a PHD

I really love research. I started a research project in graduate school for my M.A. in English. My research topic is a very viable and interesting topic for a dissertation. I'll be 60 on my next ...
1
vote
1answer
181 views

After an unsuccessful first PhD position in experimental research, how can I get accepted to another one?

I am a new Phd student (almost one year into the program). I was in theory in the Master's program, and switched to experimental for my PhD. For my study I have to use a programming language, but I ...
23
votes
5answers
2k views

Is it appropriate for a prospective PhD student to contact phd students at a target school?

I am a prospective phd student. I wish to know if it is fine to contact the phd students of my target schools? If answering this question requires more information, please feel free to state that.
1
vote
1answer
53 views

Should you cite somebody's Transfer Report? (Confirmation Report)

Context: At UK universities at least, before progressing from the first year of your PhD (or transferring from an MPhil to a PhD), it is required to write a fairly substantial report detailing the ...
1
vote
0answers
65 views

DOs and DON'Ts about asking PhD info to a Professor via email? [duplicate]

I have serious doubts about how to ask PhD info to a professor, via email. Is there a possibility that a professor don't want to answer me? What I have to avoid to increase the possibility to obtain a ...
3
votes
1answer
150 views

Returning to a different field in academia after industry

After a PhD in Particle Physics with a decent publication count and citations, I went into industry, where I've been for the last 3 years or so. I had several motivations for not continuing in ...
3
votes
4answers
861 views

PhD in Europe without scholarship from non-European homeland

I earned my Bachelor degree from my homeland country in Computer Engineering. I am now studying for Master of Physics in the same university. Next year I plan to move back to the Computer field and ...
3
votes
2answers
376 views

How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?

I plan to apply for PhD in Finance/Statistics next semester, and I have searched for some potential supervisors. An issue I have is that many are above age 60, and in Germany Professors have to ...
2
votes
2answers
144 views

Undergrad seeking information about PhD/Masters in Economics math requirements

I am currently a Senior undergrad at a small school in the US. I have pretty good grades and have yet to take the GRE. I am a double major in Accounting and Business Management. I love economics (all ...
7
votes
2answers
330 views

Will graduating a semester early hurt applications to grad schools?

I am a math major who will be a senior next year and hope to graduate a semester early for financial reasons. During my semester off, I plan to continue my (mostly trivial) research in algebra and ...
0
votes
2answers
83 views

What PHD program to choose if my bachelor degree is in Business and Master degree in Computer Science

I have my Bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing and my Master's degree in Computer and information Science. This year I have applied to 3 different universities in Germany for taking another ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

How to increase PhD funding chances when MA is in a different field?

I have been offered a PhD position in Cultural Geography at one of University of London's Geography departments. Unfortunately, I missed out on funding for a start in 2014 so I will not be capable of ...
3
votes
1answer
206 views

How much research experience or publications are required to get into a good PhD program in USA

I am an international student(south Asia) who has recently completed his 4th semester in CS. My current CGPA is 3.2 (social science courses in my freshmen year messed it up) and Major GPA of 3.6. ...
21
votes
5answers
2k views
+50

To what extent should a professor give students freedom to do independent research?

During the discussion How/when to become independent in research as a graduate student?, there were one or two professors who not only agreed with the idea of independent research, but also said that ...
-3
votes
1answer
247 views

How the CV is scored (for PhD)

I have found an interesting PhD advertisement. At this stage, they are asking only for sending a CV. An independent review panel will score and interview applicants. I am wondering, how the CV is ...
1
vote
1answer
131 views

How to decide which university to study for PhD [duplicate]

I have seen many different research students that want to apply for a PhD or MSc program but they are so nervous about their choice. Sometimes they pay most of heir time, reviewing the websites of the ...
-4
votes
1answer
119 views

Comparing results if there have been no similar studies

I examined seven years of financial data for a given country. However, there have been no similar studies that have the same sample as mine and cover a seven-year period (most study just one year in ...
12
votes
5answers
1k views

Credit with helping to write a PhD thesis

I am an undergraduate student doing summer research and I am helping a PhD student to write a portion of her PhD thesis and with a bit of editing here and there. I am wondering how would credit be ...
0
votes
1answer
121 views

Applying to a second MSci/PhD with a PhD

After completing a PhD in Particle Physics I left academia and have been working in industry for a few years now. However, during that time I've become more and more interested in Pure Math, to the ...
3
votes
2answers
114 views

PhD position interview: How specific should my idea of the topic be?

I just finished my master in Geophysics with some help of you guys ;). Now I applied for several PhD positions in Natural Sciences and just got an invitation for a personal interview for one of them. ...
4
votes
2answers
220 views

Apply for PhD positions with only one (or no) reference (letter of recommendation)

After applying for a number of PhD positions I ended up with a surprisingly high rejection rate, and as little as 3 acceptances. Waiting for a positive answer from other labs (which I liked a lot ...
0
votes
0answers
77 views

Should I apply for a MA or a PHD(in mathematics) after undergraduate study? [duplicate]

I am entering my 4th year undergraduate BS math program next month. I am certain I will want to do a PhD program eventually but I am not sure if I should do a MA before it. I have decent ...
2
votes
1answer
224 views

If I have dropped out of a Masters can I then go on to do a PhD?

I attended a masters program in IT and completed everything except for my capstone. Its been almost 7 years since I started and 5 years since I moved out of college. I now want to apply for a Ph.D. ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

Is it easy to change your major after starting your PhD or master, if it is necessary?

I’m a mechanical engineering student and I am about to apply for a PhD. I am certain about my desire to pursue advanced studies. However, I have serious doubts in what I want to pursue my studies ...
-3
votes
1answer
64 views

How to interpret results [closed]

This might be a silly question, but I don't have much experience in research. After I run my model, I am a little confused of what the summary statistics numbers mean and how can I exercise them to my ...
2
votes
3answers
184 views

I am about to be a senior in high school and I just have a question about doubling majors, minoring, and getting Phd's

So i am really interested in psychology, law, film studies, and writing. (very different topics) Could i double major in psychology and say political science and minor in film studies and something ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Are there any aggregators/online resources for finding calls for papers, conferences, or journals? [duplicate]

Are there any good aggregators or online resources where I can find calls for papers, past proceedings of conferences, or journal deadlines that may interest me? If there aren't general resources, ...
8
votes
2answers
859 views

Is it right to ask for a PhD position at a conference?

I'll be at a conference next month to present my paper. I have a Master's degree in Computer Science and now I'm looking for a PhD with scholarship. Well, is it right, with a common sense and in a ...
16
votes
2answers
805 views

Does becoming good at scientific research force one to become one dimensional?

I'm an individual interested in multiple academic disciplines such as neuroscience, biological engineering, computer science, history, anthropology, psychology, political theory ... to name just a ...
13
votes
3answers
2k views

Why are external PhDs considered to take “decades”?

I have just finished my master degree (TU Vienna) and I am working 20 hours per week. I have talked to several professors in my field of interest and they said that the earliest position for a PhD ...
-5
votes
2answers
201 views

Ask Google vs Ask a Professor [closed]

I remember one time going to the office of a rather prestigious topologist and asked him a question that might fall in his domain of expertise. His response was: google it I promptly withdrew ...
6
votes
4answers
285 views

Showing interest / Applying for Phd position that has just opened, before finishing Master studies

Currently I am working towards Master in Computer Science degree, hoping to be done by the end of the year. Last month a new professor moved to our University and now there are open Phd positions in ...
-1
votes
0answers
23 views

Is it a good Idea to finish Ph.D on Thesis basis from a university and doing required Coursework from another university [duplicate]

Unfortunately I joined a university where there is no coursework in Ph.D. So I completed by PhD on thesis basis. Now to keep my Ph.D Equivalent to PhD awarded on (Coursework +Thesis)just like the one ...
1
vote
1answer
217 views

Unfinished math PhD

I had worked on my math PhD for 4 years before dropping out almost 2 years ago to lecture at a small college. I basically finished almost all of my research but am having trouble finishing my ...
16
votes
6answers
2k views

How does one go about doing a Ph.D. in Europe as an American?

I'm entering my senior year of college in the US and I'm starting to consider my options for graduate school next year. My field is kind of blurry, in that I have certain research areas that I'm ...
2
votes
1answer
38 views

Should the glossary in my dissertation be minimalist or comprehensive?

Context: I'm in an interdisciplinary field -- Computational Social Science -- and therefore my dissertation will be drawing on theory, empirical findings, and methods from at least four different ...
4
votes
1answer
176 views

Second PhD vs PostDoc - Math vs Theoretical Physics [duplicate]

I'm about to complete my PhD in mathematics. I've been working with Group theory (Representations). Besides the PhD I also did a master's in theoretical physics (I took much more courses than ...
40
votes
2answers
9k views

Is a university that grants me a PhD for $1000 and a copy of my unpublished book fake?

I have paid $1000 for PhD in mathematics. And I have sent them my book to be considered as a PhD thesis. Now I suspect that I have lost the money. But as far as I know they are not accredited by the ...
1
vote
2answers
289 views

Applying to PhD programs; do I need to include transcripts from unrelated master's degree program?

I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in a particular humanities field and I feel that my undergraduate GPA is strong enough for me to get into such a program at a top school. However, my path to deciding ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Crowdfunding a PhD

I read this article yesterday about crowdfunding business. I wondered if its possible to crowdfund a PhD?