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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If someone gets a PhD in Israel, can he work in the universities in Muslim-majority countries?

Are Israeli degrees recognized in Muslim-majority countries? If someone gets a Ph.D. in Israel, can he work in the universities in Muslim-majority countries? Edit: I give you 3 names so that you ...
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How to deal mentally and emotionally with a prolonged stressful period?

I am a second-year PhD student, but I think this question may interest a broader readership. I'd like to ask experienced researchers for some insights on how to navigate a prolonged stressful period. ...
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What's the benefit of pursuing PhD research at a foreign university vs staying in the home country?

If I work on a topic and in a field that is also available in my home country, then why stay in a foreign country? For example, I work in computational materials science. Many researchers in my home ...
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University made the decision that they wany to keep my PhD application for the next round. What to make of it? What to do?

I applied to a high-ranking university (social sciences; English-speaking country, not the US), but it was a late application. They seemed interested in my case and I was even interviewed by my ...
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If someone completes a PhD from an interdisciplinary doctoral school, can he work as a professor in CS/CSE?

What is the main purpose of getting a Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary doctoral school? If someone completes a Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary doctoral school, can he work as a professor in CS/CSE?
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What was the original purpose of a Ph.D.?

When Ph.D. was first inducted into the universities, what was its actual purpose? increasing employability becoming eligible for working as a researcher becoming eligible for obtaining a tenured ...
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Which is more relevant for a Masters and eventual PhD application? A full time job in a software company or a research assistantship?

I have just graduated with an engineering degree from a Tier 2 college in India. I plan to apply for a Masters program in a top tier university in Europe after a year, and then eventually move onto a ...
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How not to ask for a reference letter “too many times”?

I am a Msc student planning to apply to a Phd program and need reference letters for that. But when I applied to Phd programmes and asked my supervisor to give me reference letters, after the 4th ...
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Is this a correct way to look for one online collaboration in this situation?

I'm a PhD student working in theoretical and mathematical Physics. I'm particularly interested in one subject and would like to do research on it. By now I have studied some relevant papers on the ...
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Feeling burnt out [closed]

I’ve been working from home for the last few months and it’s gradually started to wear me down. I don’t have a particularly strenuous job but I still live with my parents so things are quite tense at ...
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Can a Post Doctorate Researcher review a PhD thesis?

I am wondering can a post doctorate researcher review a PhD thesis? I found many discussions in reviewing research articles. Reviewing articles for Journals is an integral part of research and very ...
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Off holiday time, as a Ph.D. student, would it be convenient to ask for few days rest

I feel a bit tired and even exhausted of the work i am doing, would it be convenient to ask my Ph.D. advisor for few resting days to full up some energy and return more productive ? Thanks
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European style PhD in the US

I'm wondering are there any PhD programs (specifically in machine learning) in the US that are structured more like the European ones, i.e. where you immediately start doing research and don't spend ...
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How does having a PhD affect your chance of getting into a second PhD UK university in a different field UK university?

My friend has taken a unusual route in academia. She first did a bachelor and PhD in electrical engineering, fully funded by her scholarship. However, she told me that she has little interest in ...
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Does it make sense to pay tuition fees for a PhD degree? [duplicate]

Some Ph.D. programs charge tuition fees. Others are competitive. Does a Ph.D. done by paying tuition fees have the same gravity as a Ph.D. done on stipend when it comes to an academic career? When ...
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Is it possible to apply for a PhD in experimental Physics if your master's thesis was in the theoretical aspect?

I have been involved with the Quantum Optics group in my institution. I have a lot of interest in Circuit-QED and thus is (broadly) the topic for my Master's thesis. Now, I have always been inclined ...
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Asking my supervisor a potentially dumb question [duplicate]

So I recently did my PhD project approval which is the process where I agree my objectives with my supervisor and present a short overview to a review panel. All that went well and my project has been ...
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Is it alright not to do research for an extended period as a PhD student?

I have done about one year and nine months of my PhD (in the UK) and have got a paper published, one waiting to be submitted, and another reasonably-sized project completed. I have written up three ...
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Will pursuing master degree increase the chances of Ph.D. admissions if​ the Ph.D.​ is in different field than Undergraduate is the goal?

I am a Pure Physics and Pure Math graduate. I wanted to do Ph.D. in Computer Science on AI. I am currently a research assistant on AI. if my undergraduate is not related to my area interest for Ph.D., ...
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Is it hard to start a PhD programme after leaving to work in industry?

Currently I'm finishing my master program in computing. I need to decide between going to industry and starting a PhD programme. Having worked a bit with research and industry I prefer the former so ...
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Is it allowed/legal to do two PhDs at once in slightly different subjects? [duplicate]

I am doing a Ph.D. in a university in New Zealand. I started 3 months ago and am about two years away from finishing. Since they do not issue visas (due to the pandemic), I had to start online and ...
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Master and PhD Track Program in Russia for a Couple [closed]

I'm in a dilemma. I'm an international student. My wife and I are accepted and will attend to a master's program in mathematics. The university is located in Moscow, Russia. The university has subject ...
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Mature PhD maths student going through a crisis and feeling pretty anxious and depressed about future - advice needed [closed]

So, to provide a bit about my background, I did an undergrad degree in mathematics from 2010-2014, and started a PhD immediately afterwards and dropped out after 9 months due to it not being a good ...
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PhD application in the US? [duplicate]

I'm a graduate physics student from Italy, and I'll be graduating in one year or so. I would like to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics, and I don't really want to close any possible path, so I'm ...
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Is co-authoring with friends a good idea?

Not sure if this question is a bit weird... I'm still a young researcher. I was wondering if it is okay to co-author papers with one's friends who are also doing research in a close field to one's ...
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Is it appropriate to call a research professor by phone or to email one of his postdoctoral assistants if he doesn't reply to emails?

I've just completed the first year of a biological sciences PhD program and I still haven't chosen a lab for my doctoral studies since 3 of the labs I rotated in were not good fits and another had ...
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Interview by fellow PhD students, not the professor himself

I just finished my first Ph.D. interview, but the one who interviewed me is a fellow student. Next week, another fellow student will also interview me. I am just really confused. Is this a sign that I ...
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Do people usually pursue a Master's degree in the UK before going to PhD?

I'm a physics-majored undergrad student studying in the U.S. and I'm looking for some graduate programs in the UK. In my university, most graduate students are directly enrolled in the Ph.D. programs ...
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What is the hardest part of transitioning from a PhD to a full-time career in academia?

Multiple users on this site have stated that only around 1 in 10 (or maybe an even smaller ratio) PhD students are able to successfully continue in academia, beginning with an Assistant Professor ...
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How much do grad schools care about my dismissal experience in my application?

I am an international student from China and currently pursuing undergraduate degree in Canada, majoring in computer sicence. My academic experience is very tortuous and I want to tell my story and ...
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When sending email to potential PhD supervisors, Is it recommendable to attach a precis of their papers?

I am about to send emails to potential PhD supervisor. In order to show my initiative to understand their research, I am thinking of writing a precis of their recent papers and attaching it with the ...
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Is it ethical to omit your PhD and write it as working experience in your resume? [duplicate]

My friend has recently finished her PhD, and is now looking for a job, probably outside of academia. In the mean while, she is planning to apply for a temporary, simple admin job to make ends meet ...
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Why do Reviewers behave like this? [closed]

Why do Reviewers intentionally delay or write negligent reports? I submitted a manuscript to a SCI indexed journal 7 months back. It was under review for 5 months. I received a report which said "...
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How do I determine if a PhD is financially feasible for me?

Pursuing an academic career involves risk, including financial risk. My question is: what factors should one consider when deciding whether these financial risks are worth it in one's personal ...
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Is it okay for a supervisor to require students to seek permission before publishing?

If I were a PhD student, should I be concerned if my supervisor always requires their permission before I can publish a paper? Under what conditions should I find it acceptable or unacceptable?
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I feel like a bad student [duplicate]

I'm at the end of my 2nd PhD. I dropped out of my first one after three years of abuse -- real abuse -- at the hands of a project postdoc. He would shout at me over anything and was sometimes ...
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What should I tell my department head (about my advising problems)?

I have two advisers. One primary adviser (PA) is from my department. The second adviser (SA) is from another department. The PA appointed the SA (as my co-adviser) unofficially without asking me 2-3 ...
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Are burnouts during Ph.Ds common among students?

My supervisor assigns to me many tasks a week and wants them finished in a short period of time, it's been a while now and i feel a bit exhausted. Is this scenario common amongst CS PhDs in the US ?
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Does “being ghosted” mean “rejection” after PhD interview?

I had a PhD interview (Computer Science) 3 weeks ago with a German institute. The interview went well and they said they will make their final decision in a week (the latest) and let the candidates ...
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How many weeks of holidays does a Ph.D. student in Germany have the right to take?

As a Ph.D. student in Germany, what's the maximum allowed holiday time per year? I heard of 1 month per year. Thanks.
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Can a PhD student write recommendation letter for me under whom I worked?

A few years ago I did a month lab rotation in a lab. At that time I was doing my masters and I was directly supervised by the Ph.D. student (X) of that lab. He taught me all the techniques and ...
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Are independent PhD students evaluated differently than PhD students in research groups?

I've just finished the fourth year of my engineering PhD in the US and am anticipating graduating next year. In that time, I've essentially been conducting research independently, through no fault of ...
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Is it a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors who have no expertise in the students' field?

May I ask if it is a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors with no expertise in the students' field? I wonder to what extent should a PhD supervisor in the STEM knows about his/...
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Presenting skills in a presentation for a PhD position

I've got invited to a PhD interview in the field of computational physics. In the invitation mail I was told, among other things, that I should present my skills for about 5min. It is my first ...
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What are the risks and benefits of being the first PhD of a new supervisor?

I am interested in a PhD project which will be supervised by somebody who has never supervised a PhD student before. In fact, this research group is not yet completely established. On their website ...
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Advice for postdoc after bad PhD

I would like to ask for advice regarding the search for postdoc. First a bit of background. I got my 3-years PhD in February in mathematics (applied math + numerical analysis). I am disappointed ...
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My personal views and my research work kind of collide. What can I do?

Climate change and mass extinctions are happening, so in my private life, I try to be as sustainable as possible. For example, I eat almost exclusively organic vegetarian food, I have no car, buy most ...
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PhD admission possible without research experience, but 30 years of corporate experience [closed]

My question is about PhD admission. Is it possible to get admission to a PhD program in organization culture in management without any research experience? I have 30 years of corporate experience.
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I am so stuck in the second year of my PhD. Should I leave?

I started my Ph.D. in September 2019 from University-X under the supervision of Prof-A. The sole reason for me to start a Ph.D. under the supervision of this professor was that I was (still am) very ...
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Chance of funding while applying for multiple PhD programs at the same school

I found the same question in here, however, my story is a little bit different: I contacted a faculty member in one of the US institution and he promised an admission. But, for the chance of funding, ...

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