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Questions tagged [phd]

Questions about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, including requirements such as dissertations and university programs leading to a Ph.D.

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Likelihood of being admitted to a top 10 CS PhD program? [closed]

Summary I'm currently an undergraduate student at a university in the UK that's ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide by both Times Higher Education and QS. I'm in my final year of a 4-year ...
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Article about doing a PhD by prominent mathematician or computer scientist

I vaguely remember reading an article(as an online pdf - possibly via twitter) on why one should/should not do a PhD; what doing a PhD entails. It was well structured and specifically mentioned that a ...
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How is it best to put an unfinished PhD if you want to continue in academia?

I left a PhD position that I did for a year and then changed to a different area in psychology, the subject I do my PhD in. I am just wondering how to put that unfinished PhD on my CV. After my ...
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Does a research group actually review every applicant's documents in case of overwhelming number of applications?

It's like the response to my PhD application usually includes something like "The number of the applications we've received is so high that we can't accommodate all of the qualified applicants." It's ...
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Advice on applying for Economics graduate programs with a low GRE [duplicate]

I took the GRE in August and scored a 301 and took it recently again and scored a 308. My field of work is primarily in Behavioural Economics so I plan on applying to specialized and general Economics ...
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Can I get into a top school C.S. Ph.D. program with a Master's from a lower ranking university?

Is it possible, and what are the chances of doing so, to get into a Computer Science Ph.D. program at a top school like e.g. the U of Toronto with a Master's degree (say, with excellent academic ...
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Applying to PhD programs while pursuing a PhD

Imagine the following situation. Somebody is doing their PhD in field A in the US. Suppose they became interested in a different field, field B, and consider doing PhD in field B instead. Suppose ...
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How should I display my MPhys degree on my CV?

I am creating my CV for PhD applications in astroparticle physics. In my education section I decided to include only my university education, so my MPhys Physics degree. Should I split it in 2 ...
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Bouncing between two PhD supervisors

I'm a PhD student in engineering. I work in a small group with two professors and 5 PhD students (no postdocs). Both the professors "follow" my thesis as supervisor. However, they don't get along ...
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What happens if my PhD interest has changed after a year?

I have had an admission for Spring semester (2019) with funding for PhD in Physics at a USA university. In my application, I mentioned that my area of interest is biophysics and experimental condensed ...
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Can I say I'm undecided yet in my statement of purpose ? (PhD in math) [duplicate]

I just started my 2nd year of master and it's already time to apply for a PhD in math, deadlines are in ~1+ month. In most samples, students had a clear idea of what they would like to study. They ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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Research activity conflicts with advisor

I've been in distress for the last several months because of this. My PhD advisor somehow decided to start her own field research in the same region where I have been working on for a few years now. ...
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Is it in the best interest of supervisors that his/her students publish their research results in top journals?

I am a math PhD student in a foreign country. When finishing my papers, my advisor (who is a big name in the field) always proposes me to submit them to a journal. The problem is that so far none of ...
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Does anyone look at the transcripts of PhD students when they are looking for jobs?

Although it is generally believed that grades in one's PhD program are deemed as unimportant (so I am not asking whether grades are important for PhD students or not), I still see many PhD students ...
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Asking for the second/third recommendation letter, should I tell the referee he is writing the third letter?

Many have suggested me to include a sentence like this while asking for recommendations: "Do you feel that you are able to give me a strong reference?" I am afraid that my third referee, who was ...
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Do I have a better chance for a PhD in a field I have research experience in or one I have had better courses on?

I'm applying for PhD programs in Computer Science, which allow a year of rotation and courses, before the student officially joins a lab for their thesis. I've had research experience in Computational ...
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Etiquette for a female PhD student to reject her male supervisor's invitation to meet outside of work

The role of supervisor is a key role. The relationship between the supervisor and the students should be healthy. In this context, in India, there is a lot of difference between male and female ...
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Requesting the mentor regarding the PhD research topic selection

One of my friends is doing PhD under a good faculty from one year. The mentor wants to give PhD only if the student writes two papers in SCI journals. The student wants to do his PhD on number ...
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How can a prospective PhD student know beforehand which universities have the most reputable teams/supervisors?

I am interested in astronomy/astrophysics and cosmology. It is my understanding that choosing the best supervisor/team to work with for the PHD is more crucial than choosing the best (and most ...
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Would it be seen ok to change PhD more than once?

Last year I was doing a PhD in an area I happened to not be interested in after a while, and I decided to change PhD project which end up taking me to a different university and different country. ...
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How to state an unfinished PhD on a CV when applying for another PhD?

I'm considering on applying for another PhD position, since I am not very happy with my current one, how should I state this on a CV?, could I just put it as being "research assistant"?. I am afraid ...
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Writing out numbers in ranges: between 5 and 50 or between five and 50? [closed]

In a manuscript, when defining a specific range that starts below ten and ends bigger than ten, is it written as numerals for all, for the number below ten or all in numerals? Example: We detected ...
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Could I submit an abstract for a conference prior asking my supervisor permission about it?

I would like to submit an abstract for a poster presentation, I'm just worried that if I tell my supervisor before submitting, she might say I shouldn't do it, because she rarely wants me to be away ...
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The Priority Criteria for Selecting The Principal Advisor

Long story short, I have left behind a toxic PI and now I am considering applying for another labs at different demographic locations, however, I found it little bit harder to make a thorough decision....
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Applying for a different PhD, should I say I am already in one? [duplicate]

I am considering on applying for a different PhD position in a different university and even different country, but I don't know if I should mention I am already in one, and I'm planning to leave it, ...
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To apply for a PhD. position, should I first contact the professor I like to work with or publish a couple of papers and then make attempts?

I plan to apply for a PhD position, but I don't know where should I exactly start that process. I know that I should have an SOP and a proposal for that. But should I first contact the professor I ...
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How does doing a PhD with a pre-determined project vs. formulating your own affect your later career?

Between Doing a PhD by joining a predetermined research problem Doing a PhD by formulating one's own research problem is it possible to say that option #1 is a more advantageous choice in terms of ...
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Is it a plus point for my PhD application to mention that I am already a PhD candidate at some other university?

I have recently completed my MS and joined as a Ph.D. candidate in the same university. But I want to move out. I am filling the application for an other position where they have asked the following: ...
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How to build healthy working relationships with my male colleagues as a young-ish, attractive-ish woman?

I'm a PhD candidate from Asia currently visiting a prestigious university in Europe. Recently I've noticed quite some "strange" behaviours of male "colleagues" around me (by "colleagues", I don't mean ...
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Can a MSc after medical school count as the German Dr.med?

I am a medical doctor from a non EU country and have a German MSc in Neuroscience. In Germany only doctors that do a 6 month research internship during their medical studies can get their “Dr.med” ...
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How could I network during my Phd?

I am thinking a bit ahead of time and I would like to do some networking with some groups in my research field, for probably a future postdoc opportunity with them after my PhD. However I am afraid my ...
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What could I do with a PhD in Neuropsychology? [closed]

I currently work on a PhD in Neuropsychology investigating the effects of hormones in women cognition. But recently I’ve been having some doubts about where could this research take me afterwards, for ...
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What does it actually mean by the sentence “tuition is paid by the supervisor”?

What does it actually mean by the sentence "tuition is paid for by the supervisor" ? Why would the supervisor pay the tuition fee for a PhD student?
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If a thesis committe member asks for changes in my thesis does that mean I'm not getting a PhD “summa cum laude”? [closed]

I am a PhD student in Germany. I had a question regarding the summa cum laude mark for my thesis. To open the examination procedure, I asked three reviewers to read my thesis (my main supervisor and ...
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When should I contact potential supervisors for PhD in the UK?

I am in the second year of my masters program and am sure that I want to go straight on to a PhD position when I finish in July of next year. I'm aware that some funding deadlines are as early as ...
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Did my former supervisor steal my research proposal?

When I was a master student I worked in a PhD proposal with my master's supervisor. I applied with that proposal to obtain a scholarship from the university, however because I did not get the ...
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Interpersonal skills, lab dynamics, and personality

What happens to grad students who are disliked by all other grad students in their labs? For background on the situation: I started my phd recently, and I'm in a lab with three other grad students, ...
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How do I choose my research area?

Choosing your research area Relevant and adding to that. I am planning to pursue a PhD (currently at masters) and have many research interests. Some of my interests are more attainable and my ...
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How much does the ranking of your Master's program/school matter when applying to PhD programs?

I'm applying for research-based Masters in Oceanography. So far, I've lined up advisors at University of Massachusetts (an intercampus program), South Florida, Georgia, and New Hampshire. According ...
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Is it possible to agree on feasible expectations with my supervisor or should I surrender to her demands? [closed]

My supervisor told me I’d need 5 papers (preferably all published) in order to get my PhD degree. However , attending a PhD workshop, I was advised to discuss a feasible plan with my supervisor within ...
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Switching fields in a postdoc after PhD, is that possible in psychology?

I’m currently doing a PhD in neuropsychology, however 6 months down the line I have fell out of it. I realised I’d like to do research in a field such as health psychology or clinical psychology. ...
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My supervisor is making me work on something that is not my PhD project. What should I do?

My PhD project is a very little part of a big study that my supervisor is currently running. I am already four months into my PhD and I just have a 3 years position to finish my thesis. So far I haven’...
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Applying to PhD programmes in multiple universities

I want to apply for a PhD. I applied to 2 universities before and got rejected. Is it OK to send my PhD proposal to multiple universities at the same time in the hope that I get approval from one of ...
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Is it acceptable for a researcher PhD or PostDoc to pay a freelancer to re-implement a Benchmark

I have heard of PhD students struggling to re-implement a Benchmark paper. Many of those I know struggle hard to do this on their own which could take up to 2 semesters or more, in some cases. Others ...
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How do I cite a product that cannot be sourced commercially

I used a product in my PhD that is not available to buy. Our lab was given it as a free sample from a company that was considering developing this product. How do I cite it? Thank you
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Can an application for a PhD after an undergraduate program be considered for MS if the profile fits it better?

I am applying for a PhD under a professor whose interests strongly match with mine and I don't want to lose an opportunity to work with her. My profile is not so strong for a PhD as compared to a ...
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Supervised a PhD to 90% of completion; take credit for 100%; what could go wrong?

Let's say you had a doctoral student who you were main supervisor for {~advisor) throughout their data collection and most of their write-up, but just before they finished they changed to another main ...
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Is it okay to clarify to a PhD interviewer about a question that I was hesitant to answer then, but am not now?

Today, I had a PhD interview and the interviewing professor asked me about my plans after completion of PhD. I clearly stated that I wanted to fund my own startup and setup my own venture, to which he ...
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Costs of having a US-based PhD supervisor doing a PhD in Germany?

A little background first, as this is maybe not familiar to people outside Germany: In Germany there are universities that can not award PhDs. So called "Hochschulen/Fachhochschulen". This means they ...