I am working as a young scientist after finishing my masters in physics in India. In last three years, I have published 12 research papers (Quantum theory) with my collabrators. I am facing problems in registering for PhD in my institute.

How can I get a Doctrate degree based upon my research papers without registering for PhD. ??

Is there any such degree in India or abroad which can be awarded to me based upon my research papers ??


I doubt that you will find such a thing anywhere. An earned doctorate almost always (I know of no exceptions) requires an official registration and most likely, your presence at the institution for some period of time. There are normally qualifying examinations and often (not always) some required coursework.

Your publication history, however, would be a very positive factor in obtaining admission to a program in most places. You don't say why you are having difficulties, so it is impossible to say if there is some impediment.

But the only way to know about your chances are to apply to a program somewhere other than your institute, and possibly in another country. But a research background would help your chances.


The only way to get awarded a PhD without registering first is to have a University regard your work so highly that they offer you an "Honorary PhD". You usually see mention of these in the press sometimes for celebrities who have done things over and above the normal...

You may find that a University will take the papers you have produced as some equivalent towards what they will accept, but you will have to apply.

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    I think that there are "advanced doctorates" in some places (Germany?) but they normally require an earned degree first. I don't actually know of other "honorary doctorates" awarded for academic merit.
    – Buffy
    Nov 15 '18 at 15:57
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    Some here that were awarded for academic work : su.se/english/about/ceremonies/honorary-doctorates/…
    – Solar Mike
    Nov 15 '18 at 15:59
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    One should add that a honorary doctorate is generally not seen as equivalent to a regular PhD, since it is considered more like an award than a degree. For example, if a PhD is required for some position, like a professorship, then a honorary will generally not do. (The requirement might be waived for the same reasons of excellence that prompted the honorary degree, but that would be an independent consideration.)
    – mlk
    Nov 15 '18 at 19:39

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