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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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PhD interview presentation (invited)

I've got invited to a lab seminar. I am so excited and nervous, too. I applied for the same research group before, and unfortunately, I was not selected after short presentation and interview at a ...
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Is it feasible to quit a PhD program, do an MS (or two) for better qualification, then begin again?

I am in my first year of a finance PhD at a top 25 program. I could get through the program and get an okay job, but my goal isn't just to be another professor, I want to be absolutely outstanding, ...
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Where do graduates in Chemistry from small PhD programs in the U.S go?

I am gathering information about the universities I intend to apply later this year and I've noticed that even in small graduate programs, most faculty members come from top universities such as ...
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The GRE is not held where I live. How badly does it reflect on me if I ask for it to be waived?

I am graduating with my MSc early next year and would like to pursue my PhD in a closely related field (Stats/Financial math). I am hoping to study either in Europe or HK/Singapore and most of the ...
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Can I get hired as a psychology professor if I get a PhD in educational psychology in an education department?

I'm interested in educational psychology and learning sciences. However, most educational psychology graduate programs are within the education department, not psychology. What's the difference ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Poland?

I heard that Polish national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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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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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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Does Holding a MSc help you to get in a PhD Program?

I'm an Italian mathematics student who wants to apply for a strong PhD program in pure mathematics in USA. Of course, like everyone (I think), my dream is to get in a top school, just to make the idea,...
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Should I talk to my supervisor about including a new field in my PhD?

I am a part-time PhD student coming towards the end of my first year – I have another five years left. My PhD is in Music and I do like my topic a lot. However, in the last 18 months I have also ...
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Advice about letters of recommendation for Phd application

I'm a relatively old student (29F) Currently applying for PhD positions in ecology, mainly in Europe. Many applications encourage adding 3 letters of recommendation. I have two solid ones related to ...
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Will CS programs look favorably on an older applicant who already has a PhD?

Let's say a recent math PhD in his early 30s realizes he's unlikely to land another postdoc after his current one ends, and he decides he really liked being a grad student and he really doesn't want ...
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Transferring to a new PhD program. How to explain lack of ability to find funding in application?

I have completed 1.5 years of a PhD program and I am told now that there is no funding left for me to continue. I am looking for new departments to apply to. How should I explain this situation in my ...
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Does your areas of research matter for graduate school?

I know research is important for a Ph.D. program, but I'm wondering if research in a not-very-related field is still as useful? For example, in the past I've done research in bioinformatics. I'm ...
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How do I know what I burn for? About to get a PhD, but lost my drive

I am a few months away from completing my PhD (nanotech/chemistry), I'm "just" writing my thesis. But I somehow feel like I have lost my motivation and I am confused about my future. I began the PhD ...
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Applying for PhD in mathematics as Third-Year Undergraduate Student

I am currently a sophomore majoring in mathematics. I plan to pursue PhD right after my graduation. According to my current schedule, I will be able to graduate within 3 years if I only take classes ...
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Changing university and advisor midway through PhD

I have read several posts regarding this question such as "Is transferring to another university an option for an unhappy PhD student?" and "Changing University in First year of Phd", but none of them ...
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I drop out from a PhD and the professor is unhappy with it

I started a PhD in US wanted to study machine learning. Instead of that I cleaned experimental data (coming from human-related experiments), without any algorithmic endeavur or learning anything new. ...
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Will the publications on Open Acess journal (like Hindawi) harm the PhD application to economics or finance departments in USA (or MPhil in UK)?

How will the departments view the PhD, PostDoc, and AP applicants with SJR tier Q3(4) publications and/or publications on open access journals? Personally I believe that at the specialization level ...
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I have experience in one area but I don't have a good relation with my supervisor. How can I show this experience when applying for a PhD?

I have this particular situation, where I started one thesis during my master's about X topic (which I love). I was asked to wait around 4 months while the base code was ready to work, but when the ...
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How much of a master's program would a Ph.D. admissions committee consider?

I will be starting a master's degree in applied mathematics in the U.S. this fall and am considering entering a Ph.D. program after this. The master's program lasts two years; I'd want to begin the Ph....
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What is the make-up of a PhD hiring committee?

I've been Invited for an interview for a PhD scholarship at a humanities faculty. This is not my 1st rodeo, but I learned my lesson and better pay attention to the make-up of the hiring committee this ...
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How do you think about volunteering helpers and two-body problem for PhD

I am an international student and I just got the offer of a very good D.Phil. program in an elite university in the UK. My only concern is the "two-body problem", i.e., I have to get involved into a ...
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Estimating the effort for applying architectural research projects to calls for entries by public organisations

In this year I will become occupied with finding and applying for government grants like open calls by the European Commission (so called "Drittmittelbeschaffung" in Austria). I am working for a ...
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How difficult is it to get PhD funding for the Humanities (UK)?

How difficult is it to get PhD funding for the Humanities in the UK? Specifically, let's say I am targeting top-tier universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and UCL for the Humanities. I got a First ...
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Should I write a monograph for myself?

My dissertation is going to be a thesis by publication. I am going to publish a couple of papers and put those into one document with a couple of leading words (another 20 pages or so) and this is ...
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Is it normal that my supervisor told me to submit my thesis without any correction from him(he took only one day to look to the thesis)?

I send my Ph.D. thesis to my supervisor, he replied on me after only one day(my thesis is 130 pages)told me that your thesis is OK and you can submit.He did not do any correction or comments!! does ...
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How can I find additional funding for my extra year of PhD in Europe

I am a third year (3 of 3) PhD student in Italy. I was so stupid during my first year and lost a lot of time, because I didn't put much effort. Now, my professor says that my current results are not ...
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How does one switch PhD advisors without being on a fellowship?

What's the best way to switch PhD advisors/or get a taste for working with a potential advisor without being on a fellowship? In other words how would I convince a potential advisor to fund me + ...
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Part time MPH degree while doing full time PhD

I will be joining a full-time PhD program in North America in August (physical and biological sciences). While my PhD topic is my principal interest, I'm also interested in public health and health ...
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Ask professor for recommendation after long period without contacting them

So I'm currently in my final year of an undergraduate, intergrated Master's program at a British university and I'll be applying for PhD programs in the Fall. Over the summer of June 2017 - August ...
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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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I have to enter term type of universities I attended, but my country doesn't follow credit hour system

I'm applying to Ph.D. programs, and the online application asks me to enter the college's term system. They write that "Term system refers to the type of hours your credits are worth, not the length ...
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Completing a Microbiology PhD in a hospital research institute rather than university

I'm considering doing my PhD work in a research institute of a hospital which is associated with my university (joint appointments). What are some advantages and disadvantages to this? Is it wise to ...
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Masters in physics, wanting to pursue PhD in mathematics — how “best” to proceed?

I am currently about two semesters away from receiving a Master's of Science in physics. Originally, I planned on pursuing a PhD in physics, but during my studies, I have learned that there is just ...
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Canadian Ph.D. for a master of engineering science degree holder without transcript

I am master of engineering science graduate from Malaysia and here, the M.Sc. doesn't have any course work so it is pretty much like a 2 years Ph.D. thus I don't have any transcript or what-so-ever, ...
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What all should be included in a motivation letter for PhD in Geology?

What all should be added in a motivation letter for a PhD in Geology? Should I write about: My M.Sc project? My schooling? My hobbies? How I got interested in that particular topic? What can I do ...
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Would getting an MA at a less-than-prestigous school hurt my chances of getting into a prestigious PhD program?

I'm an economics student who hopes to one day get a PhD. Before doing so, I'd like to get a Master's, both as a way of improving my strength as an applicant and to get a feel for grad school before ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD in ML or AI while in industry, sponsored by a company, or for a company?

I'm due to finish my MSc in CS within a few months and have a key focus on ML and AI research. The problem I'm currently facing is I have no idea where to go from here. I've seen that the vast ...
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PhD interview question: BSc dissertation/'thesis'

My BSc dissertation was basically a literature review of Sean Carroll lecture notes on general relativity. I got a first in this, and was offered PhD interviews with the supervisors being aware of ...
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FZ grade and PhD application

I am graduate of Toronto University. In my master program, I, unfortunately, fail an elective course. I took an extra course to offset the credit and I pass.My overall grade is A- (except for the FZ ...
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Applying to transfer to a different PhD in CS program while still enrolled in a PhD program

I am 1.5 years into my PhD in CS program. I cannot change my program to MS since I already have a masters. My research interests have been diverging from my advisor's and he told me that he might find ...
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How do I politely say that I am not applying to my alma mater anymore?

I am a PhD student in Y university in United States and I finished my MS in X university before my PhD. All professors who provided my recommendation letters work for X. Lately, I have been feeling ...
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How to tell my current project adviser that I want to try working with someone else next semester?

I have been working with Professor 1 for a semester. He has been very helpful and we have spent some time together this semester discussing problems. I enjoyed working with him and also find his ...
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Changing research field mid Ph.D. vs Leaving Institute with no Ph.D

I am doing my Ph.D. (physics) in a country where there is a countrywide Ph.D. entrance exam. I appeared for the entrance exam and got into (arguably) the best institute in my country. This was 3 years ...
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Can an applicant with undergrad degree from a school that is poorly regarded be seriously considered for admission to PhD at a top business school?

Background: I did not go to college after high school straight away. When I was finally ready (at 26), I enrolled at the infamous University of Phoenix and got to it. This was during the time ...
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Indicate leadership/groupwork in research experience for graduate applications?

For academic CVs, should/how do/how might I indicate leadership/group work when describing certain research projects? Option A: Use words Project A, Subject X11, Date Group Description ...
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Three years gap between Master's and PhD and no article

I found some almost similar questions but the answers didn't help me much. I appreciate if you guide me. I am 31 years old. I have applied for a PhD position (as an international student) in one of ...
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How to judge whether my application for the NSF graduate research fellowship is competitive?

The rules have changed recently, and students can only apply for the fellowship once. I've done some interesting research over the summer with my advisor and we got some interesting results, but I ...
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Is a Master Degree in Data Science helpful for an application for a CS Ph.D. in the future?

My previous educational background is mainly about mathematical/computational finance, however, I would like to apply for a CS Ph.D. in the future. I decided to first apply for a master degree related ...