I have a bit of a potentially unusual situation with my CV. Over the years while I worked in an unrelated field (to pay the bills etc), I completed multiple degrees - all degrees were completed to a good standard. The degrees are either in education (earlier ones) or physics (later ones).

However, most of the degrees are from a single university - including the final few, which were in closely related fields. All culminating in a PhD.

My question is - is there any disadvantage to having multiple degrees listed from the same university on a CV when applying for a postdoc or lecturing position?


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No, there is no disadvantage to having multiple degrees from the same university. Normally you should not leave any degrees out of your CV. There are advantages to having experience at multiple universities, but that does not have to be in the form of a degree.

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    Thank you for this reassurance - I had received conflicting advice about this.
    – user70612
    Apr 14, 2017 at 10:16
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    @Saturnus It's something of a traditional belief in academia that staying at the same institute is something like "academic incest". Being at several universities is supposed to expose you to more cultures (of all meanings), research, and researchers. Staying at one in this case is presumed to mean you are more narrow-minded (academically or otherwise), and less well-connected (fewer vectors for collaborations, fewer recommendations from researchers in your area, etc.) , and this is (deemed) an undesirable trait for a researcher. This is changing a bit (yay internet), though. Apr 15, 2017 at 0:14
  • Wow... it's a good thing then that, as mentioned, it's not all of the degrees
    – user70612
    Apr 15, 2017 at 1:21
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    Well it's a bit late now :(
    – user70612
    Apr 15, 2017 at 2:51
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    @aparente001 if "diversification" means so much to you, OP has actually "diversified" much more than your hypothetical "diversifier" since he/she got multiple degrees in completely unrelated disciplines. Personally I think this "academic incest" notion is utter poppycock. If we look at two otherwise equal candidates and one has diversified to an additional university, then they are not just "otherwise equal", they are simply equal.
    – Dan Romik
    Apr 15, 2017 at 6:47

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