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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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some advice to me on my PhD [closed]

It has been 2 years since I started my doctorate, I finished the theoretical part that I had to do, I presented the article. only the experimental part remains, but it won't take too long. What more ...
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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't my PhD&Postdoc supervisor want me to be successful?

I'm currently a postdoc working with the professor with whom I did my PhD work, and it counts up to 7 years for the time working with this professor. Basically, the situation is that I'm the only one ...
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Does a lack of response for a PhD position advertised as “open until filled” mean that I wasn't shortlisted? [closed]

When a PhD position is advertised as "open until filled", how are the candidates shortlisted? I applied for such a PhD position and it has been a few days without any response. Thus, could I ...
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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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how can I use email as a reference [duplicate]

I have a question about references. I was reading a paper and I emailed the author asked him about something if it is already known or not. Let make it as example, I asked about basic property say $...
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Would it be immature to ask my PhD advisor for more background for a paper they've asked me to help with?

I am doing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at a U.S. university and after taking Professor X's class this Spring, he has agreed to be my advisor. About a month ago, Professor X asked me to read a ...
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MS incoming student: How to convince my department to give me financial support? [closed]

I am an international student. I have received a MS admit (Fall 2021) from X University (USA) in Y department (STEM). My initial application to this university was for PhD, but I got a reject for PhD ...
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How to respectfully “correct” my supervisor even though normally I'm the one who needs a lot of help?

TL;DR I have made little progress in the time I started working as a PhD student (few months) and I need a lot of help from my supervisor (the professor). I get the feeling that I - or my lack of ...
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this journal is asking for DECLARATIONS?

I want to submit my first paper as a Ph.D. student to this journal and in the guidelines section, the journal ask for a declarations section to be included in the paper. I don't know how this section ...
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Feeling inadequate as a PhD student

I just started a STEM PhD before last christmas and whilst things are going okay, I still feel like I'm not good enough and don't deserve the opportunity. I guess it's some form of imposter syndrome ...
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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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Does the Online Learning Platform bring down the importance of Courses and GPA in terms of PhD Admits? (CS USA)

Background: CS undergrad applying for FALL 2022 CS USA PhD Programs By the time I apply for the programs, I will be finishing 3 and a half years of coursework/labs/tests. Out of this, 2 years of ...
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Can a Mathematics Undergrad do a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics?

I have a particular background, I studied biology and Chemistry in Highschool, some engineering in college, and I am now majoring in mathematics with a minor in computer science. To some extent I feel ...
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Dual major in mathematics and physics

I am doing dual major in mathematics and physics and I want to pursue my future study in theoretical physics, I mean want to do PhD in it. Although, I am dual majoring but my university provides only ...
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Does it make sense to pursue two master's degrees?

Quick background: I am currently pursuing two master's degrees, "Data Engineering and Analytics" from TU Munich and "Computer Linguistics" from LMU Munich. I am in my second ...
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What is most gracious way to exit a doctorate program?

I've made an internal decision to leave my doctorate program of 3.5 years. The reasons are many, but the major one is that I have realized that I don't need a doctorate to fulfill my career dreams, ...
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How usual/feasible is it for European universities to accept PhD candidates right after their bachelor's degree? (computer science field)

I am nearing the end of my bachelor's degree and wish to know what my options are for continuing. Optimally, I would be able to immediately pursue a PhD, but I get conflicting information on the ...
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Keeping the same supervisor/thesis topic upon transferring to MSc

I am currently a second year PhD student going on to a third year. I have made the decision to transfer my candidature to masters instead. I would like to ask the following: Do people usually switch ...
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Can I get a masters degree if I drop my PhD?

I am an undergraduate right now, looking to apply to Grad schools. I am just confused about the kinds of degrees offered by graduate schools. Some state they have a "M.S, M.S/PhD, and PhD" ...
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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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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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Telling supervisor we need to wait before publishing

I am a PhD student and my supervisor absolutely wants me to publish an article with results from my master's thesis (done 2 years ago). I started writing the paper, but the more I write, the more I ...
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Is it normal for a PhD supervisor having no PhD students staying in academia after their graduation?

I am looking for potential PhD opportunites in engineering and I found a potential PhD supervisor. Personally, I plan on entering academia after my graduation. However, it seems that during the past ...
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Is it ok to withdraw from a PhD when receiving another job offer?

I received admission to a Ph.D. offer in the US with an assistantship that would cover my tuition and living expenses for Fall 2021. At the same time, I received a 10 days consultancy contract with ...
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What is a PhD *in*?

I have been offered a place as a PhD student in an English-speaking university, however, I'm a little concerned that the department may be a bit broad and generic (not the project though; it appeals ...
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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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PhD in Mathematics after Master's [closed]

I'm currently pursuing my master's in statistics with probability specialisation. I am interested in stochastic calculus and want to apply for a PhD in math. My first year of master's includes a lot ...
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What should I do when the references are not replying?

I have worked in Y for 2 years as a research assistant and then I moved to my home country and worked here for almost 4 years and published papers in reputed journals. Logically I think I should ...
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Are advisors supposed to know programming? [closed]

I want to know if, as a Ph.D. student, i can ask my advisor a programming question ? Actually my advisor gave me a coding task, and i want to know how they will verify what i code is right ? i can ...
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Is it bad not to answer the “Tell me how you behaved in a situation of conflict with your previous supervisor” question in a PhD interview?

I had an interview where I was asked to tell the committee about a situation where I had a conflict with one of my previous supervisors. I told them the truth, which is "I have never had a ...
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Staying in the PhD program after I told them I'm leaving

I am a first-year PhD student, and as the title suggests, I've told my department that I'll be leaving the program this summer (that is in one month), but now there's a situation that I have a reason ...
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How does a Professor contact another professor regarding a PhD student?

I sent my CV to a Professor regarding a PhD position. He asked me to send the name of three referees. I could have sent him the names, but here is an issue. I have worked in Germany for 2 years as a ...
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Unhelpful and Overoptimistic PhD Supervisor

I am currently in an unbeneficial situation with my PhD supervisor/advisor. At the beginning of my PhD, I've targeted non-top but reasonable venues for my papers and quickly succeeded with 3 ...
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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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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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Is there a particular structure that a research lab should have?

I want to know if a research lab at a university should normally include specific roles in order to be considered a lab ? I explain, for a newly joining Ph.D. student, i expect the lab to include a ...

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