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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Is it a good idea to do a (cs) phd in France with a fixed topic?

For what I know, one finishes PhD with only 3 years in France which is rather efficient, but one may suffer if one's research interest gets changed in the mean time, because the thesis topic is locked ...
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How to explain in SOP for a second masters at a different field in a different university?

Specifically, after having masters in electrochemistry, can I apply for a masters in environmental chemistry?
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can I publish (alone) papers which are a continuation of my PhD research (without my supervisior's name as a co-author)?

During my PhD, my supervisor wasn't very helpful. Now I have finished my PhD but I still have plenty of ideas (improvements) about my PhD topic that I can transform to papers and be published. these ...
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Choice between different PhD Positions

I would like to ask you about the correct behaviour when applying at different universities for different PhD positions. Currently, I won two PhD positions and a second shortlist for a third one. The ...
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Dreading starting PhD and wanting to opt for other option [closed]

Many apologies if this is not in line with the questions for this site, but I am seeking some advice for the following problem. I have finished an integrated masters degree and applied to PhD ...
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Can I start such a contact with one researcher that does not know me in one online conference?

I have a major in Mathematics and a masters in Physics and am currently starting my PhD in Physics. Since I've started my masters I am very interested in one particular research field. The main ...
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Is a PhD from a weak university worthless? [duplicate]

I did my PhD in pure mathematics at a university which does not have a good reputation in mathematics. At that time, I did not know that most British universities are quite weak in maths. Apart from ...
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Which student is more eligible? [duplicate]

Suppose, one prospective Ph.D. student has a GPA of 5/5 in MSc with Thesis but has no publication. Another prospective Ph.D. student has a GPA of 4/5 in MSc with Thesis, and also has 3 publications ...
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what is the best research method to use when comparing two literary pieces? [closed]

I am currently doing my master's thesis and I am having a hard time looking for the best research method to use in comparing two literary epics in my country. Actually, I would just like to look for ...
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Choosing which project advisor to ask recommendations from

I did a research project, in which I was advised by two researchers. Most of the time, it was a PhD student who defended and transitioned to post-doc during the project. But my official advisor, with ...
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How to look past the fact that I probably have chosen the wrong research area?

I am a computational materials science researcher. I model additive manufacturing process using continuum modeling methods. Almost everyone who works in my field are part experimentalists and partly ...
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Would leaving my current PhD program ABD be a red flag when applying to other universities?

tl;dr: I am considering leaving my current PhD program ABD, after four years, several publications and a strained relationship with my bully advisor. How, when and do I explain why I'm leaving if I ...
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Is a math bachelor the right choice for me? [closed]

I am currently a student in high school, who plans on going to university. As of now, I am planning to pursue my bachelors degree in mathematics in the UK and then go on to do a PhD in computer ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing a PhD project V.S. own dissertation?

In Europe, normally PhD students are going into two tracks -- taking a contracted PhD position with a given research project OR joining a well-structured PhD program to write up his/her own ...
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Can I bring my wife with myself to Italy if I got student visa? [migrated]

I applied to several universities for a Ph.D. position in Italy. The probability of getting admission from one of them is high. If I get admission it will follow by a scholarship. I am an Iranian ...
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What skill set is required for a PhD in Natural Language Processing / Information Retrieval? [closed]

I am pursuing my PhD in Computer Science. I started in Natural Language Processing and then specialized to "Legal Document Classification." More generally, I am interested in "...
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Relationship with doctoral advisor? [closed]

My question is that do most people keep in touch with their doctoral advisors after they graduate? Do doctoral advisors forget their PhD students after the students get their degree? I am mainly ...
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One of my profs did his PhD at the University I want to apply for my math PhD. Should I get a recommendation from him?

The prof is quite famous (lots of publications and even a Wiki page). His doctoral advisor is also quite famous (still is part of the faculty of the university that I want to apply to). Would a ...
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Is a 3.67 masters GPA in math from a top 10 university enough to mitigate the impact of a low 3.25 undergraduate GPA for math PhD applications? [duplicate]

Some additional data to get a better idea of the other variables: I did a double major in math and CS in 3 years for undergrad. I wrote a masters thesis with new results, I have 2 famous recommenders, ...
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Am I supposed to know Machine Learning before I start my PhD in Machine Learning in Materials Science [closed]

I will be starting with my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, in Fall 2020. My Background I have done M.Sc. in Chemistry (focusing more on Inorganic). I have worked at a Material Chemistry Lab ...
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How to write the introduction of a stapler PhD thesis? [duplicate]

It looks like I am going to have three articles (if all goes well) that are dealing with quite different fields (psycho-accoustics, time-series analysis and machine learning). I do not have a single ...
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Getting a physics PhD from Cambridge with self funding? [duplicate]

I will probably not be able to secure any funding. I can self fund the costs, but I heard that this is looked down upon and most advisors would not want to spend time with me as I am inferior to ...
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Leaving PhD program early, moving to industry and reapplying to others later

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program which involves a coursework component followed by a dissertation phase. I applied to the program under the suggestion of former research advisors who were ...
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Pass/Fail decisions on 1st year PhD report

At my university in the UK, candidates doing a full time PhD (3 years) have to submit a 1st year report which includes literature review, the "gaps" that will be tackled by the doctoral work,...
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I am looking for a online PH.D in hospitality and marketing [closed]

I would like to find an affordable worldwide (or at least not top $$$) and recognized Ph.D. program to write my Hospitality Marketing book as my Ph.D. any advice or suggestions?
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How do I prepare for my research program 2 months ahead of its beginning?

I'm starting a PhD program in the Fall. I know this can be specific to my program, but more generally, what's your advice for an international student preparing for academic success? I'm going to ...
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Why do some PhD programs recruit only a handful of students and other recruit more than 100? [closed]

See this. This university recruits only 5 students in the Faculty of Education. Now, see this link. They admit 110 Ph.D. students per year. They have 79 faculty members. Why do some Ph.D. programs ...
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What should I do if my former advisor wants to use my research project data (including dissertation) for the current PhD student's dissertation?

I finished my dissertation about 2 years ago and currently continue for a clinical program in the same department. I collected the data from many subjects for my research project including ...
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Is it a good idea to add cross references in conclusion

Is it a good idea to add cross references in Conclusion section of a research article? For example, can we refer to results described in previous section of paper in the conclusion section? Any ...
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Is it worth writing and publishing a survey paper while a PhD student [closed]

There are opportunity costs associated with spending time on writing a critical analysis of the literature and submitting that review article to a journal as opposed to conducting research (although ...
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Should I address my professors by first name in emails if my peers are doing so already? [duplicate]

I'm starting a grad school and I'm used to start my emails to all my professors with "Dear Professor Smith", even though they respond with their first name at the end of their emails ("...
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Asking questions of examiners in PhD thesis defense?

I have my PhD defense coming up and understand that I'll be asked if I have any questions for the examination committee, like asking for advice on turning chapters into publications. Does anyone have ...
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How much help should one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)?

How much help can one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)? Is it true that graduates often get positions just by having their advisor make a "phone call"?
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Should I send a follow-up email or call again (to potential PhD supervisor)?

Sunday: I sent an email to a potential PhD supervisor. Sunday 4pm: he responded asking me to call him tomorrow . Monday 11am: I responded yes and asked if there's a preferred time. Tuesday 1am: he ...
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Is it ok if I write to all professors that are offering Ph.D. positions the same email?

I saw some Ph.D. positions from a particular university. Most of the projects align well with my interest. So before applying, I want to write the professors some queries (e.g. just to know what he is ...
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As a postdoc, I made progress on a project that I was supposed to do during my PhD. I am regretting the time spent on my PhD [closed]

When I joined my computational modeling lab as a PhD student, I was supposed to work on a topic that I was very much interested in. I spent 2 years of trying, but couldn't show any progress. I became ...
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Dedicating PhD thesis to my Dad who recently passed away

I lost my Dad while waiting for the examiners reports of my thesis. In my final copy I would like to include a dedication page to him (in addition to the general acknowledgements page), but I'm not ...
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Pursuing Ph.D abroad vs staying in a stable job abroad [closed]

I'm kind of in the early-midlife crisis, and I have spent quite some time googling some of my life's questions. I don't have a better idea of where should I ask this and get some insight. I'm a 29 ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have learned that my advisor was giving bad recommendation letters. No wonder why all of my ...
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How do I determine if a PhD is financially feasible for me?

I originally posted this in the personal finance stack exchange, but since it hasn't received any responses, I thought I'd try here. I just turned 38 and am contemplating pursuing an academic career, ...
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Is it common to allow professional compulsory activities over personal activities?

Professional compulsory activities I am referring here falls into the following two classes: The activities that need to be done very quickly. Activities given by supervisor to participate in a ...
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Can I apply for a faculty position after 14 years of postdcoc? [closed]

I did my pHD in 2007. After that I worked on several univeristies as post doc and postdoctoral associates. I mentored students, did TA, wrote proposals, and worked with industrial collaboration ...
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Is there a way out of losing interest in science during a PhD?

My concern is that I completely lost interest in science over the past few months, however, I am still towards the end of my first year of my PhD studies. I will offer some background: I have always ...
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Going into a PhD expecting to take longer

I'm in the following situation: currently I'm finishing my Master's in (mathematical) Logic in Amsterdam. I'm interested in doing a PhD (preferably in the US), either in something more applied or in ...
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What to do when there are no courses available to help with my research? How will it affect me?

I am a first-year mechanical engineering PhD at a Canadian university. I had by undergrad and a master's degree in materials engineering. My previous master's research was mostly experimental with ...
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Last year of my Ph.D studies [duplicate]

I am a Ph.D. student in pure mathematics and I am in my final year of graduate studies. I found that academia is not suited for me: unstable job, low salary, and a self-sacrifice culture that it is ...
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PhD Thesis-committee [closed]

The external examiner that I want to choose is currently a faculty guest at a university according to his profile. He has lots of publications in my topic. My question: would this be a problem? Would ...
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Economics PhD, how to find the right university? [closed]

I am currently doing an MSc in Economics (finishing my first year - of two - in a couple of days) and thinking about applying for a PhD afterwards. I do not have a specific idea what I want to write ...
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What is more valuable: PhD degree or journal publication?

Suppose, Mr 'X' has a MSc plus 3y PhD degree and only 2 journal publications. On the other hand, Mr 'Y' has only an MSc degree and 6 journal publications, 3 text books written, and 3 professional ...
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Supervised master students not following instructions: how common and how to deal with them?

I started as a postdoc at the end of last year, and my background is computer science if this helps. My current PI asked me to supervise two students, both went really bad (details below). Student 1 ...

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