Questions and discussions about the Doctor of Philosophy degree and programs leading to it.

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How to reply to editor's comment such as 'Such a revised paper may be refereed and there would be no guarantee of acceptance'? Is it necessary?

I am preparing a detailed explanation of how I have dealt with all of the reviewers' and Editor's comments for a manuscript. The editor's comments are as follows: I regret I am unable to accept ...
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Is a PhD from a developing country worth paying for?

In my country, Egypt, some well-known institutes offer PhD degrees. I want to apply for a PhD program in biostatistics for which I will certainly pay a lot of money. How much would such a program ...
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Would it be beneficial for me to transfer to a university with a PhD program instead of continuing to study for a MS? [on hold]

Here in the southeastern US (if not elsewhere), it is common for students to be admitted to PhD programs in physics after completing a bachelor's, in other words an MS is not generally required for ...
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Master's degree vs. Master's degree without thesis

I'm a doctoral student (in a fully funded applied statistics program) opting for the terminal master's degree with thesis due to personal reasons and the lack of fit in the program. However, I'm ...
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Ethics on shortening project in grant application to raise chances of success

I am currently writing a PhD grant application, and I completed the first draft. The project is ambitious, but I and my advisors think feasible, but my advisors told me that it is quite dense and ...
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Is it common that you can't finish the exam questions during PhD study? [on hold]

I'm a first year student and twice now I have been unable to finish all the problems during the exam, which had never happened before I became a PhD student. And to be fair, even if I had been writing ...
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Opinions of “inspirational” quotes in PhD theses [duplicate]

I am currently in the process writing a PhD thesis in Applied Mathematics. The thesis consists of several published papers, the preface of one of the papers contains an "inspirational" quote from some ...
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My advisor is the owner of my data?

My advisor wants to publish the data of my PhD and be the first autor. Since the idea, MM, and research was my idea and work(!), he can do it? I feel that it is completely wrong and unfair...
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How to publish my PhD as a monograph when examiners are unable to oversee the process?

Before my viva (as they call it in the UK) one of my supervisors strongly hinted that one of my examiners would likely be interested in supervising me with the writing of a monograph. Three months ...
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What to enter for “current situation” in PhD application if one is unemployed

I am applying for a PhD program, in one of section they ask about my Current situation (professional/academic. I finished my master and now I do not have job and just applying for PhD and writing my ...
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Countries that offer or make it easier to get citizenship for PhD holders? [closed]

It might be not the perfect question here, but it is really important for some people. My question is related to people who hold PhDs, PostDocs..which countries can offer longer period of residency ...
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What are my possibilities as a pianist who started to study Informatic Engineering at age 28 [closed]

I am a pianist with a Bachelor of Art in Music and Theatre and a Master of Art in Piano. Three years ago I started to study Informatics at the Engineering Faculty in Italy. At high school I was very ...
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Selection of a suitable journal [closed]

I have two of my PhD research papers got published in a prestigious physics journal. My research is based on quantum mechanical theories. I have drafted my third paper, and am wondering where to ...
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When do most students publish in a European PhD?

in US PhDs, it's typical to start publishing (first author or not) in their latter-half years. How does that work in the EU? Since EU PhDs are shorter than US programs, is it common for EU phd ...
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Should I leave my PhD? [closed]

I'm a PhD candidate in Industrial Engineering and currently in my fourth semester. I passed my qualifying exam in the second semester. Till then I was a TA and I was fully funded by the department. ...
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Reapplying to other programs in the same/similar field [closed]

I'm a 2nd-year doctoral student in applied statistics, with more than half of the course credits completed. I just need the master's thesis, comprehensive examination, and dissertation to get the ...
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PhD funding - other sources

I found a lab offering the kind of research that I really want to do. I approached them and they were very happy to take me in. However, there is no funding and we all hoped I could get into a PhD ...
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Co-advising - how does it work?

I was wondering how co-advising works in graduate school, specifically: Is funding primarily provided by one advisor, or equally shared between two advisors? Does the student work on two separate ...
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Asking a professor whether my application has been accepted or not

I applied to a university which has offered acceptance letters to a few students so far. What would be a polite way to ask my professor whether my application has been accepted or not by the review ...
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When does a PhD student officially stop being a PhD student?

When does a PhD student officially stop being a PhD student? To be more specific, are you no longer a PhD student when: you have submitted your PhD (and thus stopped working on it), been approved ...
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Should I quit my PhD for a lecturer position? [closed]

I have started my PhD in fall 2015, now we've just started the second semester, however, since I started I wasn't feel that I'm so keen. I was looking to find some job, and stay some time take 1 or 2 ...
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To publish or not to publish [duplicate]

There are two parts to this question. As a student interested in pursuing a doctoral degree; how important is it to publish an article or "something" before one applies? Will it help your chances? I ...
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How to approach getting my masters and PhD? [closed]

I am a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati in the computer science department. I have a real passion for computer science work and wish to someday ascertain my PhD. My school offers has a ...
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Can I get into reputed US universities for a masters or Ph.D program in Computer Science wıth low undergrad GPA? [duplicate]

I'm a computer science undergraduate student. I have completed my bachelor's degree. And I'm looking forward to do master's in computer science and then Ph.D in the same field. How should I go ...
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Been working towards undergrad degree on and off, now finally found my passion and want to go for a PhD. What should I do?

I went to college right out of high school not really knowing what I wanted to study. I ended up with medical issues about two and a half years into my degree, lost motivation, and dropped out. After ...
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The ideal period to finish the Ph.D [closed]

One Professor In economic said: If a student works with concentration only 40 hours per week (8 hours for 5 days) on his PhD project, he should be able to finish his PhD during only one year. What do ...
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PhD: lab but no funding

I was able to make a good impression on a potential supervisor and he was willing to take me in provided I manage to secure a funding. We both hoped I could get the scholarship from PhD programme but ...
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Should I add Guest Lecturer experience in my CV?

As a PhD student I have been invited to give a guest lecture in an MSc in my university in another department. Should I add this to my CV if I intend to apply for academic jobs? If so, what should ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD in one field along with a bachelor's degree in another field, all at the same time?

I have an MBBS (Medicine bachelor and bachelor of surgery) degree and I am currently doing my master's in biotechnology and planning to move on to a PhD in the same (or a very closely related) field, ...
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PhD interview question when you don't know the answer

How should you handle a question in an interview for a PhD program when you don't know the answer ? Should you try to just say something even if this is wrong or just tell the interviewer that you ...
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For 2nd application should I produce my transcript [closed]

After doing my BE in production engineering I got admission in a university inUSA for PhD on industrial engineering but got 2.90 gpa in first semester as I don't have the background. In future if I ...
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PhD interview - short (!) presentation

I got invited for a PhD interview to the University of Edinburgh. I was asked in the email to prepare a 10 mins presentation on a recent research I was involved in. I did a sandwich placement year and ...
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Statement about previous doctorate applications

One German universirty asked me to write an oath about my previous doctorate applications. They are going to take me as a PhD student. What should I write in here. tell them I was rejected because ...
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What's my PhD status after I passed my oral defense (UK)?

I'm applying for a postdoc. I passed my PhD viva in the UK, and was given minor corrections which I've submitted. What is my status? Can I say PhD (pass)? Or something better?
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Is it possible to overcome poor undergrad performance with a masters at a much lower ranked institution?

I have browsed extensively on academia.se and generally understand from similar questions (e.g. Doing bad in undergraduate but good in a masters program and How does the admissions process work for ...
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How to reply to a potential PhD supervisor who asks if I have my own funding?

I have a Master in Computer Science and I am applying to some Canadian Universities for a PhD... After contacting to a supervisor, I got a positive reply, however he asked me: "Do you have your own ...
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Does the school or the student cover health insurance for PhD students in the US?

I was just wondering what people's experiences were regarding health insurance at US institutions for PhD candidates. Does the school, itself, cover the cost, the individual, or something else? I am ...
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Cite related work from same year as defense?

Suppose I do the research for my thesis from 2013 to 2016, and do the write-up of the dissertation in 2016. If during write-up in 2016 I discover new related work (published during 2016), is it ...
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Is it good to join industry in middle of phd? [closed]

I am a third year phd student. I got an offer for an industrial job which is very tempting. The salary is competitive and much higher than my phd salary. I already worked there as an intern, so I know ...
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What are some of the starting phrases that I can use while responding to Ph.D examination committee questions during my defence?

I am appearing my Ph.D defence in a few weeks. I am in need of some starting phrases or words which I can use while responding to the questions from the examiners. There could be difficult questions ...
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What PhD programs (Business-Marketing) are open to older applicants? [closed]

I'm 46, 20+ years of industry experience, some teaching experience, decent MBA and strong undergrad scores. GRE is okay, working on improving my quantitative score. I'm open to going anywhere in the ...
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PhD application SOP - include several research ideas or just one?

I'm an older PhD applicant (Business-Marketing) with 20+ years of industry experience. In my SOP, should I include the several research projects I have already started, or should I focus on just one ...
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How does PhD candidate salary compares between differen European countries, and the USA? [closed]

I would like to know which is the salary average of a PhD candidate position in chemistry in different countries of Europe or in USA. I know that in Germany and France the salaries are around 1300€ ...
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Is there a concept of qualification examination in U.S. Ph.D. programs and how does it relate to credit counting?

So far as I understand, Ph.D. programs in the United States have entrance requirements and exams, but when you enroll in one, you start process of becoming a "Ph.D. candidate" first, which in the end ...
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How can a Master degree lead to 300 ECTS?

http://emjd-dc.eu/files/2011/11/emjd-dc.pdf Here, one of the admission requirements is, A Master's degree corresponding to 300 ECTS. How is that possible? A Masters degree is at most of 2 years. 2 ...
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Should I include PhD experience in MSc application?

I have a BSc in computer science and now I'm applying to a Masters program in Human Computer Interaction. A year or so ago I left an unrelated PhD program because I didn't think it would be beneficial ...
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Is a 3 year Ph.D. too short for MA/MSc graduate?

Or put simply, 3-year vs. 5-year PhD? Many programmes in UK (and EU) take up 3 years, as opposed to a minimum of 4-5 years in North America. For a masters degree holder, with a goal to stay in ...
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Should the PhD proposal be discussed and adjusted by supervisor and student before formal application?

Many social science departments in EU/UK recommend getting in touch with potential supervisors first before submitting a formal application which involves a proposal. Should the applicant approach ...
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How to recognize motivated applicants in PhD interview?

I am going to interview multiple applicants for a PhD position. Previously I had a student which was very smart, but he didn't work hard because he was not motivated enough. He left the job after one ...
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Is it ethical to have results in your PhD thesis that are not strictly yours?

In some disciplines (such as theoretical computer science), it is typical to have papers where you have co-authors. Especially when the set of co-authors is large, and work is being done at different ...