I am currently working in the media industry having a 9 years experience. I want to do a Phd in order to get into the academics sector in the next 3-4 years maybe. I have a 5 days a week working schedule. I have researched a bit regarding the same and found out that some UGC approved universities offer part time Phds. Will that be advisable? Also, will I be able to complete it in 3 years? I cant afford to leave my job since I have a lot of financial responsibilities. Thanks in advance! Waiting in anticipation.

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    Most full time PhDs take at least three years, so expect a part time PhD to take much longer than that: at least double the time. Dec 16, 2020 at 8:58
  • My intuition and the comments on this question suggest that this will be really hard. 50 hours/week of work won't leave you much time to do your PhD. The university might raise that objection too... though I am not familiar with the situation in India.
    – wimi
    Dec 16, 2020 at 10:48
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    Short answer: no.
    – mrp
    Dec 16, 2020 at 14:54

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Anything is possibly, but a PhD is a full-time occupation, so holding a job that demands fifty hours on-top seems infeasible. Even for a part-time PhD, you'd be working a lot of hours.

(Assuming a part-time PhD plus a full-time job is equivalent to a full-time job with fifty percent more in overtime is a fallacy in my mind. As is assuming two part-time jobs are equivalent to one full-time job.)

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