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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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Do I need “Introduction” and “Conclusions” parts in my PhD thesis?

My advisor has asked me to write my thesis in parts. So, basically, my thesis will have three major parts, each of which explains a different piece of work. However, he is asking me to also add a part ...
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Should I acept my second choice? [closed]

I applied to a PhD program, and after all the interviews I got a firm offer for a fellowship let's call it PhD A, that I have to give an answer to before a deadline (next week), since they have Now ...
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My PhD thesis does not include a Literature Review chapter

I am due to submit my PhD in a week and I am starting to panic over not having a dedicated chapter with a literature review. My topic covers different fields of study so I have added some literature ...
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How much do grades matter for a future academia position?

I am completing my PhD and I was wondering how much does the PhD coursework grades affect future academia applications? My undergraduate and master's was somewhat decent grade wise (3.8/4) in both. ...
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Are Polish PhD compatible with Germany and UK?

I have two questions in this regard: If someone completes a PhD in Poland, would it be considered on par with a German or British PhD? Can a Polish-PhD holder enter academia in Germany or UK?
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Is it possible to join academia with a structured PhD?

There are two types of PhDs in Germany(or, in other parts of the world, like, Ireland): structured, and individual. Is it possible to join academia with a structured PhD?
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Second master's degree in order to get PhD [closed]

I originally applied to a Sociology PhD program and instead was offered a spot in their Sociology MA program. I already have an MA in Soc from another school, so it seems redundant for me to get a ...
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Should I warn new/prospective PhD Student that supervisor is terrible?

My supervisor got some funding and is hiring new PhD students. Today one of them came to an interview and we told him about the things that we do. The main problem is that my supervisor is a terrible ...
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Do the disciplines of my PhD thesis and of my MA thesis have to be identical?

I graduated in history, with a specialization in cultural studies. Now I want to pursue a PhD in literature. Is this possible? What are the potential obstacles and how can I avoid them?
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Doing a master's degree after PhD. Is it advisable? [closed]

I have a Master's degree in Materials science and am soon to finish my PhD in computational materials science. I am fairly well versed in programming (python, MATLAB, FORTRAN), linear algebra, ...
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How do US Computer Science PhD programs view foreign degrees if you have a USA Bachelor's? [closed]

I remember reading here that, in general, your research ability and letters of recommendation are judged the same as pure US applicants of similar quality. I have a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics ...
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Is it possible or common to receive a scholarship from home country for international students?

I'm looking to pursue my PhD degree in a different country. Currently I'm working on my Master's thesis. It seems that the major challenge for me would be to receive a tuition fee waiver in the ...
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What is the difference between doing a PhD in a small university versus a big reputed university in Germany? [closed]

Take for example Brandenberg University of Technology versus Technical University of Darmstadt. Does the size of a university play any role in someone's PhD research experience in Germany? What ...
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How to complete PhD when your advisor knows very little about your subject area

My advisor is very young full professor who has been an advisor for only less than 10 years. She has many diverse projects. The project which I've started is 1 year old and this field is quite New to ...
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Appeal process for PhD dismissal due to health issues

What is the best way to craft the appeal letter based on health issues to have one last chance for taking the qualifying exam? Those health and mental issues have been already documented through a ...
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Can I use my master's degree thesis as a Research Project Proposal for a phd application?

Can I use my master's degree thesis (a pilot study not published) as a Research Project Proposal for a PhD application?
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Do people still have to write thesis after finishing their master/phd? [closed]

I know that the thesis is needed when doing their master. But do people still need to write a thesis when doing research as a past-time? What if they just want to publish an article but not thesis?
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Does the order in which you list committee members in a dissertation matter?

I am currently writing my PhD dissertation and was wondering in what order I should list committee members in my dissertation? What is a good order that does not offend anyone? I know the advisor has ...
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How to apply for a new PhD while being enrolled in one? What to provide as motivation letter, CV and references?

The background story I am a PhD student where I have been all by myself without much chance of being able to sit face to face with my advisor and get some help as my advisor does not have time for ...
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Advisor suggests to change my research topic after unsuccessful start, unsure what to do

I am a first-year doctoral student in Computer Vision, and have some confusion about my research direction recently. I hope I can get some help and advice there. A couple of months ago, I was ...
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How to tell pushy “advisors” to back off?

TL;DR What can a PhD student on a research stay abroad do about postdocs that are supposed to be collaborators but behave like "helicopter advisors"? Background A friend of mine is doing her PhD (...
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Is my potential phd supervisor ethical?

I am an international student from an Asian country. I recently emailed one phd supervisor at a well-ranked university in London with my CV attached to see if there is any phd opportunities for me. ...
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Postdoc position not specifying about required recommendation letters

As I'm approaching to the end of my PhD, I recently applied for a postdoc position. Before applying, I contacted the scientist offering the position, sending my resume and some publications which are ...
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How to convert an engineering project into a PhD research title?

I am curious and also want to clear my understanding about the nature of research which students undertake in a PhD program. Take this product as an example. What is the difference between the ...
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Will publishing in the new Graduate Journal of Mathematics hurt one's chances of landing in academia? [closed]

The Graduate Journal of Mathematics is a new refereed journal, started up in 2016, which particularly encourages grad student contributions, expository write-ups, lecture-note formats, or full papers. ...
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What is the chance of making a successful appeal to dismissal decision from a PhD program after failing the qualifying exam in the 2nd attempt? [closed]

I’m about to get dismissed from a PhD program because I failed in the 2nd attempt of the qualifying exam. Currently, I'm thinking of the option to appeal the dismissal decision due to a long history ...
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When should I say I'm leaving my PhD program

I am currently in my first year of a humanities PhD program at one of the ivy-league colleges, and I've decided to leave the program at the end of the current spring term. (Yes, I'm 100% certain - I ...
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Will working with a less involved supervisor hurt a student's career?

I am a PhD student works in theory. I have good relationship with my advisor. I am currently after my mid stage. I come to know that my research supervisor does not help means ( in research problem ...
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Giving up before even starting: life without a PhD [closed]

I am currently a Master student working on my thesis (started a few days ago). I've always wanted to become a researcher (thus getting a PhD) but a few months ago I started doubting about this ...
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Create something impactful or just generalize results?

I am a second year Pure Maths PhD student in Asia. My research interest lies in functional analysis, particularly Banach Space Theory. My aim is to work in academia as professor. Recently my PhD ...
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Have I dug myself a hole that I can not get out of?

I graduated from my undergrad with a B.S. in math and cellular/molecular biology in 2017. Shortly after, I started a fully funded Ph.D. program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. I spent a ...
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How can I ask why this European university booked me a 15-day trip for a 2-day exam?

I am going to visit a European university to take a PhD course entrance exam. The university prepared a 15 day trip for me, but the written exam and the oral exam will require only one day each. ...
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What should I expect from a non-academic interview for a PhD position?

I have applied for a PhD position in Physics. First I had Skype interview that they called "personal interview". They asked me about my family and stuff. Now the University has called me for a face ...
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Help me decide on a grad school [duplicate]

First post Little about me (without being too specific). I’m in my final year of undergrad at a top U.K. school. I did a year abroad at a top 10 American school and loved it, so applied for PhDs in ...
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Do CS PhD admissions consider the time it took to get a degree?

In my case, I have the option to either extend my Bachelor's or get a Master's before applying to PhD. Since both options will take the same amount of time, I am concerned that the admissions ...
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No response after PhD interview

I had a face-to-face interview at a German University for a PhD position on Feb 12. The project is co-supervised by two professors. I was asked to prepare a presentation of my Master thesis for the ...
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Am I being overambitious with PhD applications

I recently applied to a fairly prestigious PhD programme in the UK and a very short time after receiving a confirmation email I was rejected. The requirements were listed as a 2.1 in an undergraduate ...
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Plagiarism of code by other PhD student

Abit about my background first: I'm currently undertaking a PhD but have previously worked in healthcare for around 4-5 years. During this time I developed a suite of code to produce results from ...
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Can Artificial Intelligence outperform Phd students? [closed]

According to the latest statistics, around 15 million phd students are there in the world. They are involved in research projects and as a result they are publishing academic papers. In most cases, ...
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Proposing research as Ph.D. thesis in Sweden

I am a geography M.Sc. and I want to study Ph.D. in Sweden. I wrote a research proposal about a computer program which simulates some spatiotemporal situations. I have done some underlying logic and ...
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How much does the academic family tree matter for a PhD?

I remember my MSCS advisor often refers to his "academic grandfather" (his advisor's advisor Dr. Leonard Kleinrock) as the person who sent the first data packets. Although distant, I think it is cool ...
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Sweden admission deadlines

I have researched a few Swedish universities such as Uppsala, Lund, and Stockholm, and the Ph.D. admission deadlines vary a lot. When I go to ScholarshipDb.net and search for positions each has ...
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Quitting a collaboration project without hurting collaborators

I am a PhD student collaborating with another PhD student A, under supervision of Prof. B & Prof. C. I am student of Prof. B. Student A is co-advised by Prof. B and Prof. C. Prof. B chairs the ...
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Is it worth doing a 'Pipe Leak Detection' PhD (industrywise)? [closed]

I have been offered a PhD opportunity in a UK university and the topic is 'Pipe Leak Detection (using acoustic waves)'. My question is, is it worth doing a PhD in this area considering the ...
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getting a job with a PhD in (pure) mathematics

Probably this concern has been addressed several times here but I will give a try to get other people's perspective from my situation. I am feeling sort of hopeless these times. I am in my last year ...
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What are my prospects to get a Postdoc position with just 1 publication from PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I have already completed my 5 years, am writing my thesis and will be submitting my thesis in 4 months. I have published 1 paper till now. That was 2 years ago. ...
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How can a phd student lobby against university wide publication restrictions?

Recently, my university has expressed that it wishes to enforce compliance with Plan S, an European-wide initiative to 'transition' towards open access publications, for all researchers employed by ...
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Is it possible to be paid by a company for research and also use this research towards a Ph.D.?

The question in this link makes the assumption that the work you do at a private company and the work you do at a university for a Ph.D. do not intersect (or have very little in common), thus the ...
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About to submit my PhD thesis in 4 months, feeling lost about my future and inadequate for any job. What should I do? [duplicate]

I am about to submit my PhD thesis in 4 months and have to move on from being a student. I am already 30 (so a sort of mid-life crisis catching up). I feel that I made a really big mistake in entering ...
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Can Indian citizen apply for PhD in Computers in Australia at age of 45 and expect an admit? [duplicate]

I have 15 years of work-experience in computer science and wish to pursue PhD program in Computer Science. Can I expect universities to be responsive to 45 year old candidate?