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

0
votes
1answer
50 views

How to choose between PhD projects?

I am trying to decide which project would be more worthwhile to spend my years on, in terms of publications, novel research and contribution towards my thesis defense. I am just into my second ...
-1
votes
0answers
20 views

finding ideas for research proposal in microbiology and biotechnology [duplicate]

Always When we apply for a a PhD they ask about a research proposal ..the problem is how a student that just that of course got some practical experience can find ideas (research point)that of course ...
10
votes
6answers
2k views

How to approach my supervisor when I've finished the task he assigned early?

Given that it's a very broad question I'll try to create some context: I'm in my first year (just started) and at the moment my task as PhD student is closer to learn the techniques and technologies ...
3
votes
2answers
194 views

Can I come up with a new theory in the course of my PhD research? [on hold]

I have reviewed the theoretical trajectory of my research topic and I see gaps that I would like to fill with my own proposed theory. Is it too early in my career to put forward a theory? I am just a ...
3
votes
3answers
162 views

How to remind a professor in a school I applied to about an introduction email I sent two weeks ago?

I have applied to 4 PhD applications in Computer Science and I have sent an introduction email to a professor in each of the schools I have applied to. In this email I first introduced myself and then ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

Is it possible to do a PhD in Environmental Policy and Economics if I do not have an academic background in Economics?

Is it possible to do a PhD in Environmental Policy and Economics if I do not have an academic background in Economics (except for two papers in my graduate prog. one on Environmental economics and the ...
-4
votes
0answers
58 views

What are the criteria for a good Indian institute for Ph.D. in mathematics? [on hold]

I am in my final semester of my Masters in mathematics. I am currently interested in applied mathematics, preferably finite element method (FEM). The academic institutions of India are undergoing ...
3
votes
2answers
164 views

Use paper as master’s thesis or sign up to a “direct” PhD program (and use the paper for this)?

I’m currently a computer science (and mathematics) B.Sc and M.Sc student in my third year (since I started my B.Sc). At the second year of my B.Sc studies, I have started to work on research (in ...
-2
votes
0answers
31 views

How are the CS PhD. criteria like of NYU vs NorthWestern? [on hold]

Like if you get in one is it likely that you would get through the other? Are the two places comparable in terms of their criteria for selection?
0
votes
1answer
191 views

Academia deadend?

I am currently thinking about applying for PhD in Finance (the country is Germany), because I like studying and the university atmosphere of young and talented people. However, a PhD in Finance does ...
4
votes
3answers
414 views

How much are local (same state or country) applicants favored in PhD admissions?

How protectionistic are PhD admissions? Here, protectionism means to favor residents of the country (or state) the university is in, as far as PhD admissions are concerned. Usually, protectionism ...
4
votes
1answer
79 views

Changing Research Groups

I am still early on in my PhD. I have not passed my comprehensives (or even began studying for them yet), but I have finished my courses. Over the past year, I began working with a group that I ...
2
votes
3answers
110 views

Do European PhD programs offer the opportunity to take on teaching assistantship duties?

I know that, in North America, the opportunity is given (and often mandated) to take on teaching assistantships while in a PhD program. I knew that, often, European PhD programs pay you to do RA ...
23
votes
5answers
677 views

How to approach PhD admissions after leaving previous PhD because my advisor tried to force me to manipulate data

I started my PhD in one of the very well renowned institutes in Germany. Unfortunately, in the middle I was forced very much to manipulate the data. I was extremely upset and did not know what to do. ...
-3
votes
0answers
145 views

I have a lecturer that is very very mean… what can I do? [closed]

First, this lecturer is also the head of this new study programme, who is supposed to take care of the students. In fact, I am enrolled in the old study programme and he insisted me to participate in ...
21
votes
3answers
2k views

How interchangeable are PhD students to most professors?

Do most professors value their PhD students, or do they see them as easily replaceable by fresh, new blood? If a PhD student stops working, will the professor try to fix things, or replace him like a ...
3
votes
2answers
263 views

Is it okay to ask advisor how I am doing with my research?

I have some idea of how well I'm doing with my research in PhD, but maybe it differs from what my advisor thinks. Is it okay to ask (e.g. at the end of a meeting) how well I'm doing with my research? ...
1
vote
2answers
93 views

PhD in Education - How competitive is it and what are admissions committees looking for?

I currently have applications into several top tier education programs. I am a bit worried about my chances. I have about 7 years working in education, a unrelated masters and a masters in ...
4
votes
2answers
278 views

My adviser is hesistant about letting me graduate. How should I handle it?

I have seen the work of previous and current students and I have done a lot more than them, and my dissertations is about 60% written already, however, my adviser seems to not be comfortable with the ...
1
vote
0answers
49 views

Lost to find a topic for my reseach! [duplicate]

I am really LOST. anyone can help me sharing his/her experience would be great. I am currently a PhD student and I changed my advisor and minor 'research field' after one year of my program. This is ...
57
votes
14answers
18k views

Can I slack off and get a PhD?

I am not a genius but I am a good test taker and a very practical person. I went through undergraduate school without studying much (skipping classes, doing homework, reading the books and doing some ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

Are the Master Program & Certificates I am about to embark on relevant to my career & academic plan?

I have a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, I'm 27 and I currently work for a leading world organization. However my heart is somewhere else. I aspire to be a scientist, so a masters and a PhD are ...
-3
votes
2answers
108 views

Quit PhD for another MS? [closed]

I've been bothered by this question for a long time...And I must talk this with my advisor these days before the coming deadline of my another interested Master program. Although I've almost decided ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

Would most PhD supervisors stop working with a student who was unproductive due to clinical depression?

Suppose a PhD student got clinically depressed and stopped producing research for a year or two. What would most PhD supervisors do in this situation? Would it be considered usual or acceptable to ...
-1
votes
1answer
122 views

Should I quit my well paid job and become a research assistant? [closed]

I'm currently working in a well paid job and part time Masters student. However, I'm in this stage of life where academia is my main interest. My goal is to be accepted in my university scholarship ...
1
vote
0answers
52 views

When applying to PhD programs in Computer Science, how much does subfield/specialty selection matter?

I recently finished applying to several Ph.D. programs in Computer Science, and as part of the application process I had to select one or two subfields of CS that I was interested in. For many of them ...
2
votes
3answers
264 views

If my research is applying methods from field X to field Y, should I do my PhD in field X or field Y?

Let's say I'm a PhD student in a field, let's call it X, and my research is all based on taking the methods developed in field X and applying them to some other fields, let's call them Y, Z, and W. ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

what factors affect your admission in PhD in Biological Sciences [duplicate]

I am a student with both Master's and Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology with a good aggregate. But, i have a low GRE score of 295. My TOEFL score is 107 along with a research project going on. What ...
4
votes
2answers
334 views

Is it okay for a PhD student to devote substantial work time to projects the advisor is not involved in?

For example, if he spends 20 hours a week on his advisor's project, and 20 hours a week on a project with another professor (that the advisor is not involved in). Do most advisors find this ...
0
votes
4answers
276 views

Can I do a PhD without MSc?

I am currently an undergraduate student in Turkey. I will graduate from genetics department and I would like to do a PhD without MSc in abroad. However my GPA sucks ( probably it will be 2.5 or 2.6 ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Trust issues with my PhD advisor, is it worth fixing or can I get out?

I am a math PhD student considering changing universities. I have suspicions that my supervisor has not been very honest with me since I told him that I considered changing universities (and therefore ...
1
vote
2answers
84 views

How long does PhD Application Process take in the UK?

I submitted my application with a supervisor's name fora UK university last week. I plan to apply for a scbolarship after getting an offer. The scholarship application deadline is in March. I would ...
-1
votes
0answers
85 views

Intend to apply to PhD programs but getting some bad grades in masters. Should I quit and start a new masters? [closed]

I am a Master's student and have finished one semester out of four semesters. I have got C grade for twice but my goal is doing PhD in the US. Shall I quit the program and restart a new Master's or ...
-1
votes
0answers
64 views

Comprehensive Guide for Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics?

Could any one recommend some comprehensive guide (online version preferred) for writing a Ph.D. thesis in Mathematics? I did some google search but there are too many results and it is difficult to ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

Leaving a Master's Degree Early for a Doctorate Degree?

I am currently enrolled in my fourth semester of my master's degree program in psychology and this should be my final semester. Due to issues stemming from myself and my relationship with my mentor, ...
-5
votes
1answer
105 views

What is your salary as a PhD student? [closed]

What is your salary as a PhD student? Please specify your university/country and program. (Mods: Please make this a community wiki question.)
3
votes
5answers
215 views

Do European PhD programs have a qualifying exam, and if so, what form do they take?

Now, I understand that European PhDs are far from monolithic in format, and that most quals in my field (physics) can fall into two general formats, as far as North American PhD programs are ...
3
votes
3answers
208 views

Does GPA/Transcript matter for academic jobs after the PhD?

Courses taken and GPA can matter quite significantly for undergraduates, both for applying to graduate school and applying for jobs. What about courses taken and GPA during PhD? Do they matter at all ...
0
votes
0answers
93 views

Already a doctor but not satisfied! [duplicate]

I know someone who has already finished his PhD but he is not really satisfied, and he wants to apply for another PhD program abroad his home country; do you think he may have chances to be accepted ...
6
votes
1answer
113 views

How to improve self-learning as a PhD student?

As a doctoral student, you take some classes, but most of what you do needs material that you must gather from papers, conferences, and other sources. With limited possibilities for communication with ...
25
votes
9answers
7k views

Are there people who have done so much work before PhD that they get a PhD automatically?

This question addresses why it's a bad idea to try to do a lot of independent work before PhD in the hope of finishing PhD quickly. Nevertheless, are there famous examples of people who have done so ...
1
vote
0answers
104 views

Is there a required number of publications for obtaining a PhD in your country? [closed]

Is there a specific number? Does the type of publications matter: National conference proceeding, International conference proceeding, peer-reviewed journal paper, paper in journal with certain ...
9
votes
4answers
426 views

How to approach experts to get feedback on a paper

I'm a PhD student in pure maths at a university in Europe. For reasons that I won't go into, my research interests do not coincide with my supervisor's ones. This means that, although she gives me ...
2
votes
3answers
156 views

Translation of Dr. rer. nat. outside of Germany [duplicate]

Psychology at universities in Germany is either in the natural sciences or in philosophy, depending on the university. This affects the kind of academic title you get. People doing their doctoral ...
1
vote
3answers
134 views

A faculty member turned me down because of lack of funding. If the university announces funding is available, should I apply anyway?

Ten days ago I contacted a professor who conducts research in a field I am deeply interested in, to ask about PhD positions. He replied very politely that he had no funding available to hire a new ...
1
vote
0answers
61 views

How to make efficient PhD research in absence of the supervisor? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student, in my situation I work totally alone and freely , the good thing here is that I have learned to be autonomic and I can guide my research by my own, however, In comparison with the ...
41
votes
6answers
5k views

How hard is it to succeed in research after an adviser's death midway through PhD?

TL;DR: How hard would it be to finish out a Ph.D. and have an effective early career (as a pure mathematician) after my adviser has unexpectedly passed away? My department does not have any ...
6
votes
1answer
158 views

Should I let my recommendation letter writers know that I didn't submit my application in the end?

I feel guilty and not sure of if I should inform my recommenders of this issue. A school I intended to apply has received the reference letters from all my recommenders, but as the deadline was ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

If a PhD position I applied for and didn't hear back from is removed and relisted, does this mean I was rejected?

I just wanted to know your opinion about an issue. I have contacted the supervisor of a research project for doctoral student position and I was encouraged to apply. By the way my experience really ...
0
votes
0answers
108 views

What should I do when getting a C in a core graduate course as an undergraduate planning to apply for grad school in applied math?

I'm a third year undergraduate student planning to apply for graduate school in applied math. I have done REU in applied math and had one conference paper. I had decent grades in my undergraduate math ...