5

This is a little bit hypothetical question… Let's assume I finished my PhD in math in my country but I am dissatisfied with it (assume I live in a developing country). Also I have enough money and time. Can I apply for a similar PhD program in an another country? Is it theoretically possible?

  • 1
    Welcome to this side. I edited the question slightly by correcting some grammar (I hope) and removing the salutation in the end. You may roll-back the edit if I somehow changed the intended meaning. – Dirk Mar 8 '16 at 12:53
  • 1
    @Dirk Is the title right? He wants a overseas PhD? Or should it be "abroad"? – Mindwin Mar 8 '16 at 16:49
  • 2
    What is it you would hope to gain from the second program? Perhaps what you really want is a postdoc position. – chepner Mar 8 '16 at 17:53
  • Looking at all the answers, I see that the best route for me is to get a MSc. degree in my country (since I have to wait for one or maybe two years for personal reasons) and apply for a PhD degree abroad... Thank you all... – Barış Akalın Mar 8 '16 at 18:00
7

No, it's generally not possible. Almost all Ph.D. programs have a rule against admitting someone who already has a research doctorate. Under special circumstances, one might be admitted as an unfunded Ph.D. student in a completely different field; but in the same field, never.

  • 2
    Thank you... Is it possible get a Master degree in math in home country and get a PhD in math aboard?. Is there any restriction? – Barış Akalın Mar 8 '16 at 12:52
  • 2
    Yes, that is actually very common. – Buzz Mar 8 '16 at 12:55
  • 3
    One possible exception is if the PhD from the home country is of such poor quality that it is not recognized in the new country as a valid PhD. – Bitwise Mar 8 '16 at 13:14
  • 1
    @Bitwise: Attending such a bogus institution would typically disqualify someone from admission to a Ph.D. program anyway. – Buzz Mar 8 '16 at 13:23
  • 3
    Do you mean "...already has a research doctorate in the same field"? (As in, math after math, say). Because it is not very uncommon to see people with a Ph.D. in one field get another one in another (by field I mean discipline I guess, not an algebraist getting a degree in logic later) – gnometorule Mar 8 '16 at 16:13
1

If you want to obtain a PhD from a 1st world country I think your best bet is to go to another country as soon as possible. It will be a lot easier to get into a PhD program with a masters degree from a similar country, and it will be easier to continue your career abroad if you have followed a funded PhD program (as opposed to paying yourself / getting a grant from your home country).

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.