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Cambridge physics PhD without part III?

Although Cambridge's website says that it only needs a Masters degree (or even a good four year bachelor's), I hear from a lot of people that in practice, entry into the Cambridge PhD requires Part ...
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Am I ready for PhD or do I need more experiene [on hold]

I am currently an undergraduate pursuing Masters in Mathematics as well Bachelors in Electronics and Electrical Engineering. I am currently in my final year and have just started with my Masters ...
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Median age at doctorate by field of study and country?

This excellent answer to another question offers some statistics on median age of doctorate recipients from U.S. universities in 2009, across different disciplines. However, we know that there is ...
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Re: Terminated from D. Health Science program E.B.D.. Possible to apply to different program?

I concede this is similar to a few other questions, but any help would be appreciated. My husband completed the twenty coursework requirement for his D.H.Sc. with a 4.0 G.P.A. from the online ...
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PhD study for staff?

I've recently been offered a research contract in a UK University within a Mathematics and Statistics department. I've been trying to get into Mathematical research for a long time, but in the mean ...
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PhD completion hanging in balance [on hold]

I am a Bioinformatics PhD student at a US university. I left the university (stopped enrolling after informing my advisor) in Aug 2014 since I was not making much headway with my research for a long ...
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How can a PhD in mechanical engineering contribute to a career in commercial R&D? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering who is about to start his second year. After my first year at my previous institution, I am transferring to a research university. The ...
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Thesis proposal near thesis defence

I'm a PhD student in computer science. In my university, the PhD process is divided in the following steps: Qualification exam Research proposal exam: presentation of chosen topics and methodology ...
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Strategy for applying to PhD in the US

My question was originally designed to be very related to this one. However, I have continued to write it because it has a second part. I am currently sending email to PIs in order to know if they ...
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Difference between internal and external doctoral studies in Germany

As I am looking for a PhD scholarship in Germany, I've come across an internet site which contains a database of scholarships. One of the questions asked there is whether I am pursuing "interne ...
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My conference paper got rejected. Will it be bad for my PhD performance?

I'm a PhD student. A paper for a conference got rejected. I haven't met my professor yet to discuss about it. But is it bad for my PhD performance? I mean, probably the professor will not trust my ...
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How to reuse complete paper for my thesis?

I am currently writing my PhD thesis, and I have published an article together with my supervisor. The third chapter of my PhD thesis (1/3 of my whole thesis) is basically the paper. I plan to include ...
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PHD in Analytic Number Theory [closed]

I'm from India and still an undergrad student. I'm very curious to know these, What are the best colleges in Asia to do PHD in Analytic Number Theory What are the best colleges in England to do PHD ...
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Is it normal to go to a conference/workshop without a publication?

I started my PhD not long ago, and I have heard some of my colleagues something to the effect of since they did not get their submission to some conference accepted, they will not be going to that ...
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PhD Application Review moved from Fall 2015 Start to Spring 2016 Start: Options?

I applied for PhD programs starting from the fall of 2015 at several universities and I was waiting very eager to hear from them, because I just finished my MS last spring semester and don't want to ...
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Publicly available extended summary of PhD thesis and manuscript submission

In my country, if a PhD thesis is written in national language, the candidate must also submit an extended summary of the thesis in English, which will be deposited in a national repository and will ...
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Can a thesis approved by supervisor fail? What to do to appeal? [closed]

I am doing PhD in an Australian university. My thesis was approved by my supervisor, however, one of two examiners suggested revision and re-submission (with harsh criticism and no solid ...
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How to approach a research group for potential PhD advisorship

Here is the situation: I am looking for a PhD in a field somewhat different from the field of my previous studies. I have several research groups in this area in mind and they have a very large number ...
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Paper or doctorate thesis?

I have completed some work that I believe could well be worth a Ph.D. I have been working completely in private, with no affiliation with any academic institution. I would like to use this work to ...
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I want to gain expertise in a specialized topic but not necessarily go on to research career, is a PhD the way to do this?

If I simply want to gain expertise in a very specialised area of scientific research that is in its infancy, and not necessarily go on to do further research, is a PhD the way to go? Is a PhD solely ...
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Is it possible to finish PhD quicker than formally possible? [closed]

I said to my supervisor that I would like to finish my PhD very quickly. He said that formally I can submit my thesis 2 years after starting my degree at earliest, but that I am doing very well and it ...
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Is it usual for graduate programs not to find suitable candidates even among a large pool of applicants?

About a month ago I applied for a PhD position in Germany under a research training group funded by the German Research Council. There are 12 open positions for this program. Before I applied I was ...
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What are specific strategies to help someone who doesn't do well under pressure get through a PhD?

Most of the time I do my work, any work, I always do it to perfection when not under pressure. But when I get pressure of submission, I tend to lose it. How do I deal with pressure especially now ...
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Who Is To Find Research Ideas in Computer Science Research: PhD Student or Adviser? [duplicate]

Is a PhD student in Computer Science always expected to come up with new ideas or it is the responsibility of the adviser to provide some idea and guide the student to solve the problems in achieving ...
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How to get confidence in myself after making several errors?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I was always brilliant in my studies. Now, I have a problem consisting in doing wrong things without paying attention. For example, I was asked to do some ...
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Why should students be asked to register for a co-supervisor? [duplicate]

The university where I'm doing my PhD is asking me to register a co-supervisor. However, I don't really know the role of co-supervisor. What exactly is it for? Does it mean that for every ...
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Love research and learning, hate academia and political backstabbing- pursue a phd or move on with my life? [closed]

Love research and learning, hate academia and political backstabbing- pursue a phd or move on with my life?
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Is it possible, and practical, to earn a PHD in Music and Psychology? [duplicate]

I'm currently pursuing a double major in both music education and psychology and would like to further both fields of study. This is just for my own future reference; should I narrow down which I ...
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When professors search for PhD candidates in CS, how knowledgeable do they expect the applicant to be? [closed]

I was wondering that when there is a call for application for PhD candidates, how much of theory on a particular field does the professor usually expect the candidate to know? I have seen situations ...
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Importance of undergrad GPA, when you have a masters, applying for phd? [duplicate]

Background: I'm a fourth year student studying a commerce and science degree at one of the top univerisities in Australia, namely, Monash University. My majors are in finance and mathematics. ...
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What are some career options for Math PhDs who want to work in non-Western countries (e.g. Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa)?

I am about to enter a PhD program, and I am very interested in learning about opportunities that allow me to go abroad after I finish. During my undergraduate career, I studied in China for a year, ...
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Is it too late for me to be pursuing a degree in medicine? [closed]

I will be 26 years old soon. I did my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and I worked in an investment bank for sometime. Then I joined a masters in Applications of Mathematics, but I dropped out ...
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How applicable are software engineering internships to computer science research and graduate school?

This fall I will begin my undergraduate degree in computer science at a top-5 program (to whom it offends, I'm sorry to use rankings). My goal after I graduate is to get a PhD so I can research and ...
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Does any university require students to release their source code in order to graduate?

I wonder whether there is any university that requires students to release their source code (or at least part of it) in order to obtain their PhD.
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How can the choice of “where to publish” affect the potential number of citations?

I study petroleum engineering; however, I want everybody from different fields to express their opinion based on their personal experience. Let's assume you have the following options: publishing in ...
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different majors and need help ' astrophysics ' and mechanical engineering [closed]

i just have applied for mechanical engineering cause i love it very much i will choose a mechatronics at the fifth semester but my dream is that " work for an international company especially in ...
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How committed should I be to a specific research area before and shortly after I enter a doctoral program?

I am an electrical engineering undergraduate student and entering my final year of study. I plan on applying to doctoral programs in the field of power engineering. Specific advice from the field ...
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Is it normal for an academic conference to ask for a revised abstract before paper acceptance?

I applied for an academic conference and inquired about international travel stipends. I later received an email stating that they were interested in accepting my paper but wanted an elaborated ...
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Finding research problem for PhD(TCS)? [duplicate]

I am a theoratical computer science PhD student. I am wanted some suggestion in how to find research problem for PhD research. I have supervisor and he has given me first problem. We had get progress ...
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What is a good grade for an MS student expecting to apply for a PhD in a top-tier school? [duplicate]

Although I understand that getting an admission into a PhD program depends on many factors, for example--BS and MS GPA, number of journal papers and their quality, number of conference papers and ...
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What is the scholarly value of a report containing experimental results and the procedure

I have performed some experiments on approximately 400+ data sets, my PI is thinking of publishing online a report that contains some background information, the software and the procedure used to ...
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Should I take a gap year before PhD? [duplicate]

I came from a top LAC with a decent, though small, math program. My professors say I can get into math PhD program in schools like UCLA, Columbia or Michigan (as I will start taking grad level courses ...
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Are there any PHD scholarships for 3.5 CGPAs?

I have recently thought of pursuing my PHD. I have managed to make a research proposal. I have done part time MS(i.e. struggle after working hours) with thesis and managed 3.5 CGPA (85%) out of 4.0 ...
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Is it ethical to send my research proposal to a potential supervisor, when another professor has accepted to be my supervisor?

I have contacted a professor and he accepted to be my PhD supervisor, but he want me to finish the application procedure by September. The institution that I am applying for is not in my home country, ...
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Good questions for a student-advisor compatibility test

There are online a good amount of tests aimed to assess "compatibility" between two persons in a given life or work commitment situation; for instance, between coworkers, roommates, lovers, ...
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Retaking GRE during gap year from PhD to improve pre-doctoral fellowship award chances

I am taking a year off from my PhD program. I was funded for two years but because my academic standing is no longer 'good' due to substandard performance I have been terminated from my funding ...
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My PhD situation is giving me anxiety attacks. Is quitting (and losing 2 years) my only option? [closed]

I am currently in my second year of my PhD and I am having a horrible time. I feel like I am not cut out for academia and I frequently have anxiety attacks. I would like to do something else, and if ...
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Justifying sub-optimal research quality by lack of supervision

When starting a Ph.D. position, one naturally expects that there should be some kind of supervision of his work. That is, their advisors should be aware of the state-of-the-art and be willing to sit ...
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Academictransfer.com -like sites

In search of PhD vacancies across Europe, I found this site gathering a large number of vacancies from the Netherlands. Does anybody know sites like that for other European countries (and if possible, ...
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Should I start working as a teacher at a different uni while I'm still finishing my PhD?

I am currently doing a PhD in maths, in the UK. UK PhD scholarship are typically only 3 years, and mine can't be extended. I do need every day of these three years to finish my thesis. For a small ...