This is the tag for discussions about the Doctor of Philosophy degree and programs that lead to this degree.

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Value of a Bachelors thesis for admission to Phd programmes?

I recently applied to a university for a PhD program.They asked me to submit all of my documents.When I submitted my documents they asked for my Bachelors thesis. There is no Bachelors thesis or ...
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Which one to choose for theoretical physics phd: SISSA or IMPRS? [on hold]

I am a non-EU student, did my MS in physics and want to work in theoretical physics for my PhD. My major areas of interest are in theoretical particle and astro-particle physics, quantum field theory ...
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Why my professor criticize my performance indirectly?

I'm an international graduate student studying theoretical physics in a US university, and I'm in my 4th year of PhD study and plan to graduate at the end of the 5th year. Yesterday, I heard something ...
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What time of day should I schedule my thesis defense?

With apologies for the attention-grabbing title: of course I am not actually asking you to tell me when I, specifically, should schedule my defense. But I have heard very plausible-sounding rumors ...
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How to start an official email to a professor

I want to send an email to a professor to inform him that I want to accept the offer of PhD admission and Research assistantship. But I do not know how to start email. Is the following good? if not, ...
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How do you know the project you are working on is worthy of a PhD dissertation. How does it differ from MS dissertation

I am speaking of project scope here. So suppose my advisor is working with an industry .And you are asked to build a prediction model for small section of that industry? Does that qualify as a Phd ...
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Is it possible to start Phd with satisfactory level MSc? [duplicate]

I obtained my MSc with the lowest level possible, basically all Ds and a few Cs. Is it anyhow possible to despite all my previous academic results start a PhD research? Would in this case publishing ...
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How to manage lot of random yet potential ideas for research and startup?

I am a graduate student and planning to pursue a PhD. For one year, in search for a research idea, I have been reading random research articles and papers in many dimensions of Computer Science. ...
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In a research group, is it better to have few post-docs and many PhD students, or viceversa? [on hold]

I work in computer science, and am wondering what is the right balance between PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in a lab. In the previous research group I was, there were one principal ...
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Should I choose an tenured advisor good at research but bad at teaching or an untenured professor good at teaching? [on hold]

I have a Phd option with two professors. Professor A is tenured and is doing very good in research .But many people have complained against him that they cannot understand his class. He has 2 Phd ...
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Decision about getting a job while completing MSc Studies

Last year I got accepted in a full time informatics MSc. During that period I also had a fulltime job as a software developer in a startup and I was trying to make some publications with my thesis ...
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Are Master's becoming required for USA PhD programs?

In the USA, many universities enroll PhD students with BSc degree. I think this is the classical scheme, which remained in the US universities. In many countries, it is almost impossible to enroll in ...
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Interview for a PhD position at a German university

I am interviewing over Skype, for a research position at German university. So far my interviewer and I communicated via email, and he sounded formal but pleasant. I have no clue how interviews are ...
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What is the difference of a BA/BS in Computer Science for obtaining a Ph.D?

I have looked around on Google, only to find zero answers. So, I hope someone could help me out with this. So, for someone aiming to get a PhD in Computer Science (AI), would it be possible to obtain ...
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Does taking courses of various subjects matter in PhD admission?

I'm going to apply for PhD programs of biology or biomedical science. I understand that I need certain semesters of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics. Because I'm going to graduate in ...
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What's the difference in responsibilities between a committee member, a co-advisor and an advisor in an PhD committee?

What are the differences in responsibilities among them? Can anybody give me an example to elucidate that. Also why are non-tenured faculty more interested in a co-adviser role than a committee member ...
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How much leeway will i have in suggesting a co-adviser or committee member when i am funded by a professor?

I have completed Master's thesis with an advisor in Industrial Engineering and i am pursuing PhD with another professor in same department. My Phd involves stats heavily and i am not at all good with ...
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Can a Ph.D. candidate at a US-style Ph.D.-only graduate school be admitted to a European doctoral course?

While most European doctoral courses require its applicants to hold master's degree, many doctoral courses in US often do not. In these graduate schools, by satisfying conditions set by the schools, ...
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“This is very interesting as a project” What is the next step to obtain PhD position?

I am submitting to several schools for PhD position in CS. I am following the advices about how to contact professors. One professor I sent to suggesting some idea about her previous research and ...
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Sabbatical and advisor

I am a Math PhD student at a US university. I have made a decision on who I want to work with for my PhD, but I was made aware that the professor in question is going on a sabbatical next year, to be ...
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Collective PhD by a research group

When being accepted individually in a PhD program, one needs a certain amount of publication work to come up with along with their dissertaition. Are there any rules regarding the number of ...
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Difficult First Year in a PhD program [closed]

Because of the longish nature of the question - here is a TL;DR, and details will be provided below: I have a full-time job, and am a part-time PhD student who is experiencing tremendous struggles ...
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Is it a negative that my PhD research has been in several unrelated areas?

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science. Long story short: I do not have a good relationship with my advisor. I don't trust his guidance or his ethical integrity. Therefore, I am seeking external advice ...
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PhD in the US compared to Europe

I start my master studies this fall in quantitative finance/economics in Europe. Since this will just take 3-4 semesters i want to take a look ahead and obviously PhD is one option to do. So i am ...
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How can I strengthen my CV for a PhD application in a field close to my current specialisation? [closed]

I am a computer engineer and want to apply to a PhD that requires machine learning and programming skills. I don't have much experience or background in machine learning; just two minor projects, but ...
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Are Mathematics graduate programs open to admitting a student out of high school with graduate work?

During my high school career, I had the unique opportunity to take multiple mathematics courses at my local university, and after graduating, I took two graduate level math courses: Measure theory, ...
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Should I take every math course in order to do good research? [closed]

What are the basic steps that someone must follow to do good research? I mean what are the necessary background to do research? In my research I fell that I need Mathematics and Computer science. So, ...
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Is it advisable to self-advertise in conferences being on the job market

While giving presentations in conferences or talks in research meetings, is it ok to self-advertise that I'm on the job market (academic or industry)? Is it advisable or does it make more sense to ...
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What is the likelihood of a PhD admission if a professor agrees to supervise?

A very nervous potential PhD student here! Long story short, I have been applying to quite a few bioinformatics PhD programs in the US and been rejected from most of them. I did my masters in the ...
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Is it appropriate for assistant professors to supervise PhD students?

As pointed out in another question, the general tendency today as compared from classical times is to make junior professors (at assistant level) more and more independent. However, I wonder that ...
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My Supervisors are not helping in writing recommendations letters

Maybe they are helping and I am the one who does not know how things really work and that's why I am seeking help here. I am about to finish my Master in Computer science (waiting for the oral ...
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Finishing a PhD while working at a community college

I'm a PhD student that just finished my first year in graduate school. The University I am at will only fund me if I work as a TA. There is a community college in the area which I have a long working ...
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How are PhD students assigned to supervisors/professors?

In my experience, there are two types of PhD students (1) A professor offers a PhD studentship. Then, students apply directly and know their supervisor from the first day. In this case, how a ...
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First-year PhD student with weak CV/Resume; how to stand out in fellowship competitions?

I am a first year PhD in a large Social Sciences program at an American public institution. My CV is very weak as I am not yet published. I have research assistantship experience and teaching ...
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Abbreviation of Doctor of Philosophy: PhD or DPhil?

I am a bit confused about the proper abbreviation of Doctor of Philosophy. I sometimes read that this person obtained his D.Phil from X University, while someone else obtained his PhD from Y ...
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How to proceed when advisor asks you to resign?

This happened with a friend of mine and I am asking this question on his behalf. My friend was recruited for a sponsored research project in the university and offered a part-time PhD along with ...
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Should you hide that you are already enrolled elsewhere when applying for another PhD?

I plan to re-apply for a PhD in the US next year, but meanwhile, I decided to enroll in a PhD in my home country I read the similar post: Applying for PhD while enrolled elsewhere However, I am ...
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PhD programs of medical school

I'm interested in stem cell, regenerative medicine, developmental biology, and genetics for reverse aging. Since these topics are dealt with in one or both of medical school and school of science, I'm ...
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Why do some professors have M.D. as well as/instead of a PhD?

I'm interested in stem cell, regenerative medicine, developmental biology, and genetics for reverse ageing. Since these topics are dealt with in one or both of medical school and school of science and ...
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Returning to academia after a year in industry

I need an advice about returning to academia as a visitor/post-doc after working for a year in finance. I finished my PhD in summer 2013 with a good record of publications (3 papers in high impact ...
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Safely negotiate a salary for a PhD offer - Germany

I have recently received an offer from a group which pursues topics I find very motivating and whose equipment is above average for my field. The salary offered is 50% of the German TV-L E13 salary, ...
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Is it possible to complete a Physics Phd in less than 2 years?

First I have to say I am asking this question purely out of curiosity. Are there any proven strategies for pursuing significant PhD work and completing the entire program in under two years. Please ...
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Starting a research with a professor as a business professional

When I graduated from college in 2012, I was quite excited about my job (although it is a small hi-tech company.) My goal has always been to either start my own business or get back to school for PhD. ...
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How do you decide between two PhD offers?

I have two offers for graduate study within the UK and I am trying to make a balanced decision. My offers are: Four year doctoral training centre at University of Oxford (approx. £14k/year) Four ...
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My supervisor spells my name incorrectly

I've discovered that every time my supervisor has cited any of the papers or technical documents I've written she/he would: spell my name incorrectly or forget to add my name spell the ...
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How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
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International Students transferring between graduate programs

I'm an international graduate student in my first year as a PhD candidate. I'm looking to transfer schools for two reasons- I had a hard time here with my health in jeopardy, so I'm looking to move ...
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Can i volunteer to work with my Masters thesis advisor, when i am funded by different advisor for PHD

I completed my master's dissertation with an adviser and was interested in the PhD program. Unfortunately my master's adviser didn't have funding(at least this is what i was told) and the other ...
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What makes a Bachelor's thesis different from Master's and PhD theses?

All the three types of research revolve around an argument, a thesis. They of course differ in terms of student level, that is complexity. But, what makes a bachelor's thesis different from master's ...
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Value of (multiple) master's on the path to the PhD?

I'm a PhD student in computer science. At the end of the year I will finish my coursework and be awarded a master's degree. Due to the nature of my research (machine learning) I'm considering taking ...