Suppose, after six years of study toward a PhD, my advisor refuses to give me PhD because he is not happy with my work. (I am in India, currently in my third year of the PhD, studying computational biology, dealing with the computational aspects of host pathogen interactions, after doing my bachelors and masters degree in computer science.) After 6 years of work (assuming after 3 years if this situation remains same), if I have not gotten the degree, although I will have my publication record, with all first authorship.

My question is , with 6 years of research experience and papers that I have worked on, with all first authorship, what types of jobs would I be able to apply for, without a PhD degree?

My question is not about what is legal or illegal in PhD. My question is what is in bold...

A little info regarding my university: A student's fate depends on her advisor, higher authority cannot do anything...

Edit (from comment):

I am in my 3rd year of phd.

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    @SmallChess That's not really how it works for Ph.D.'s. For such a degree there is usually a dissertation committee which attends the thesis defense and collectively decides whether the student passes. It is this committee approval which forms part of the university requirements. The size of the committee varies depending on various factors. Mine was three members, but I've seen five member committees. A simple majority rules vote probably suffices. Though a "no" vote from the advisor would be unusual (they shouldn't let you defend if they don't think you'll pass). – zibadawa timmy May 1 '17 at 2:04
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    @Rishika How much one is expected to publish before a defense varies wildly between fields (and even subfields). My Ph.D. was obtained with a single 40-page, single author paper. I've known others to have hundreds of pages of published work to their name. After three years, your amount of work may actually be below the typical standard for a defense in your area. Have you talked with your advisor about what it is you need to achieve and do, and what the game plan for getting that done is? – zibadawa timmy May 1 '17 at 2:11
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    Please clarify the inconsistency between After 6 years of work and I am in my 3rd year of phd – scaaahu May 1 '17 at 4:44
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    Vote to close for at least two reasons (1) inconsistency between 6 years and 3rd year of PhD. (2) The question is too broad. There are billions of working people without PhD. No one can answer what type of jobs a non-PhD can apply. – scaaahu May 1 '17 at 5:14
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    I think the OP is at year 3, and is worrying about what happens if, in three years time, at the end of year 6, the advisor still does not consider the work sufficient for a PhD. – Patricia Shanahan May 1 '17 at 14:03

Congratulations on the publications you have achieved thus far.

If I change my advisor now, my present advisor will become vindictive. [...] A students fate depends on her advisor; higher authority cannot do anything.

It sounds like your best bet, if you want to stay where you are, would be to avoid conflict with your advisor.

I am in my 3rd year of phd.

I don't know anyone who completed a PhD in two or even three years.

  • The PO stated that he has six years of research experience. I wonder if that also includes the time spent on the masters. If so getting a PhD in three years doesn't seem that outrageous. – Drecate May 1 '17 at 4:22
  • My question is given in bold. Everyone seems to be talking out of topic... It not about what is right of wrong, it is about what job can i get with such experience and journal papers... – girl101 May 1 '17 at 4:25
  • @Rishika - That is not a question we can answer. We don't even know what field you have been studying or what country you're in. Have you looked at some job descriptions? Have you gone to see the office that helps students with their job search (if your university has one)? – aparente001 May 1 '17 at 4:31
  • @aparente001 I have made the necessary updation – girl101 May 1 '17 at 4:35
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    @Rishika - Thanks for the additional info. I hope you don't mind my asking -- but (a) why so impatient? (being in your third year, it seems rather presumptuous to be expecting to be graduating already); (b) Have you looked at some job descriptions, and does your university have an office that helps students find appropriate job openings? – aparente001 May 1 '17 at 4:43

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