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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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Is it acceptable to report private incident of a PhD candidate to the university

A PhD candidate has damaged possessions of a flatmate in non-university housing by purposely dropping their laptop and keying their car. Is it acceptable to report such behavior to the university of ...
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Coronavirus, school lockdown and future uncertainty [closed]

I am a master student expected to graduate in April. I want to work as an R/A for my thesis advisor after graduation and want to do a PhD afterwards. However, the entire school is closed and I cannot ...
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Doubts whether to continue a PhD due to supervisor's lies and loss of funding [closed]

TL; DR: PhD with a supervisor who states things that turn out not to be true in order to manage people; funding lost and replaced with smaller financial contribution; serious doubt whether to continue ...
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How To Cope With The Stigma of Quitting a Second PhD for a Third one?

As per the title, I quit my second Ph.D. after 10 months, having quit my first after one year. My first supervisor was narcissistic and a sociopath. (Nonetheless, I received prizes for my research.) ...
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Easy (funded PhD) vs Hard Path (Unfunded MS) [closed]

Notes: I want to do PhD I understand that ranking doesn't say much and that the professor and the research is what is important AOI - Area of Interest This question is not personal nor opinionated ...
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Future prospects after Phd in Robotics from Australia? [closed]

I am looking forward to having a Phd in Robotics from UNSW Australia. Currently, I am working as a robotics Engineer and was wondering what are the prospects in Australia after getting a doctorate. Is ...
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Dealing with inconsistent feedback on your dissertation

I'd appreciate advice on how to navigate the final stages of the dissertation with an inconsistent advisor. I've been struggling with my advisor for years, but there is no one else to advise a ...
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Is it a good idea to apply for PhD during my second Master degree?

I graduated from M.sc in Applied Social psychology in 2017 (with thesis). And after a year of a research program in Poland, I decided to get an M.Sc in Clinical psychology (2-year program with thesis, ...
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Potential Supervisor Said She Will Contact References- No Response

So I met with a potential supervisor at an Open day and she seemed very excited at my research interest as it aligns with hers. She said she is recruiting students for Fall 2020 and she would want me ...
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How much does GPA of individial subjects matter for PhD admissions [closed]

How much does GPA matter for PhD admission? Just came to know that I scored a passing grade in statistics, still managed to score 45 percentile though. I scored perfect gpa in stats physics though. ...
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Thinking about quitting the Ph.D. because I feel depressed in this town? [closed]

I have been living in this town for 16 months, but I am in this Ph.D. position only for 4 months. For the other 12 months, I had been working as an employee in the same research group. I really like ...
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does pursuing a research career in artificial intelligence requires deep understanding of higher mathematics?

I'm currently enrolled in an undergrad computer science program. so far a Ph.D. in computer science is what I'm interested in doing in the future. my question is. since there is applied math that ...
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I sent an unupdated version of my MSc. thesis to a supervisor of a PhD project I am applying for

I am being considered for a doctoral position and after what I think it was a very good interview, the project supervisor asked me for a copy of my MSc. thesis. Even though the results of the thesis ...
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What steps to find a good PhD

Let's say I want to embark on a PhD in Europe, but I still have to find good positions to apply for. What steps do you recommend me to follow to narrow down the possibilities? What steps do you ...
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Am I being exploited by my supervisor?

It has been 4.5 years since I joined as a PhD student. My supervisor asks me to draft almost all of his important emails. He will begin by briefing me the issue, and ask me to draft the email in a ...
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Going back to academia after quitting my Ph.D. and taking a year off? [closed]

I am a Ph.D. dropout with a one year of career gap. I want to return to academia, but now I have realized that it was perhaps the biggest mistake to take a gap after quitting my Ph.D. The purpose of ...
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PhD Application (in Australia): no confirmation email

I have applied (on February 17th 2020, GMT +1) for a PhD position (in Australia) starting the latest in July (so, no application deadline). It has now (March 7th 2020) been nearly three weeks ago ...
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Including co-authored work in my thesis

One of the contribution chapters in my PhD thesis (computer science) is a work (paper) that I was actively involved in but the experiments (simulation etc.) was carried out by another co-author. After ...
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Is this statement of doing a PhD in Germany as a foreigner accurate for mathematics? [closed]

I have seen this answer on Quora. I am copying it here for preservation: Which PhD programs in Germany would you recommend? NONE. Don t do this mistake. The German Ph.D. system is feudal and ...
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Entering PhD with bad masters grades and no thesis [duplicate]

I am a foreign national who came to the US to pursue my Master and now working at a robotics startup company. I had pretty good grades and awards from my bachelor's degree. But, after coming to the US,...
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Is it possible to move past bad decisions made during PhD and hope for a bright future if I do a good job in postdoc?

I completed my PhD in mechanical engineering last year. It took me 5.5 years to complete it. I already held a master's degree previously albeit in a different research area. The main reason was my ...
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Advisor as an assistant professor a reputed private R2 school vs a full professor at a R1 school for PhD [duplicate]

I did my Master's from a top 5 school. Now I have to make a choice between these two professors. While the R2 school is a private school with a great track record of research in my field - there's an ...
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How to determine if I'm just incompetent, or if my work is more difficult than expected? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my (planned) last year, with no journal publications until now (one rejection, though, due to not having the level of research the journal aims for). Several things which were ...
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Can a fellowship be stopped suddenly? If not, why do PhD courses charge a fee?

I've been considering a PhD, but the details of how it works confuses me. For example, this course charges 45K per semester as fees, but offers a monthly fellowship of 38.5K. Why do they even need to ...
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Reapplying to Ph.D. Programs: Ways to improve?

This year, I applied to Ph.D. programs in history, hoping to continue my research. Unfortunately, I discovered that, despite a "strong application," I was not admitted to any of the programs to which ...
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Is it looked down upon to do a second PhD (vs a postdoc)?

In January, I started my third year of a computer science PhD. My goal has always been to balance "X" and computer science ("X" being a non-engineering subject), and I thought I could do that at my ...
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Is it wise for a BPAD (bi-polar affective disorder) recovered student to enrol for PhD?

I have a masters degree in electronics engineering. When I was pursuing my B.Tech (Electronics and Communication) I had a nervous breakdown (to be specific BPAD) which was treated. After successful ...
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PhD Advisor is lying about funding and doesn't write their own grants

I am currently enrolled in a science research PhD study in Canada. I am co-supervised by 2 people in different fields. The problem is that I started my PhD ~1.5 years ago and was told that there was ...
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Is there a deadline for journal submission?

I wonder if there is a deadline for submission to a journal? So far, I only know that submission to conferences has a deadline, but I'm not sure about journals. I've looked at several journals of ...
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What is a novelty in a computer science PhD'

I'm now on my final year of my PhD in Computer Science (CS). Unfortunately, I'm still confused with what is considered as a novelty in CS. Some people say I have to develop a new algorithm and not ...
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Can my adviser publish an under review work without my consent?

I recently graduated from my PhD program. To put things into prespective I need to mention that I, unfortunately, don’t have a good relationship with my adviser. I currently have one under review ...
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PhD in finance/econ vs PhD in mathematics [closed]

I earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in finance. Eight years later I am thinking of going back to school to earn my PhD. I am currently a high school math teacher but I want to be a professor at ...
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Is it possible to do PhD in pure mathematics after engineering

I have an MTech in Industrial Drives and Control (Electrical Eng). After that could not go for any work... After giving some tuition, I came to the conclusion that I am genuinely interested in ...
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What are the most valuable skills to learn to be considered for a quantum optics PhD position? [closed]

I have a master degree in thin-films interferometry, and I want to receive a Ph.D position in the area of Quantum optics. How can I assure receiving this position? What are the required skills or ...
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Can an academic PhD thesis have more than one hypothesis?

I am working on writing my PhD thesis after four long years of work. I'm writing the hypothesis sections, and I am finding it extremely hard to write one single hypothesis that is comprehensive and ...
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Funded PhD at low ranked school(s) vs one year funded TA at a top 5 school [closed]

I'm in a peculiar situation. My interest area is human augmentation, biosensing, assistive robotics and human robot interaction. I have offers from 3 different schools in US - PhD in the School of ...
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US v/s European SOP (Motivation Letter) for Ph.D

Is there a difference in the kind of SOP you write for European Ph.D. vacancies/structured programs v/s US grad school? -- in terms of length, type of content to be covered (completely technical v/s ...
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Involved in potential friction in department over a postgraduate seminar I co-organised - should I worry?

I am a second year PhD student at a UK university. Halfway through my first year, I voluntarily took over the organisational duties of a monthly, school-wide postgraduate seminar, along with two other ...
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Does the salary of a PhD student at a German university meet the financial requirement for a German Student Visa?

This is a question for Nationals from Australia, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of South Korea, United States of America who have successfully obtained their Student Visa/...
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Should I include a research in my thesis which does not have a direct connection to its title? [closed]

Let's say that my Ph.D. project was about mitigating the problem X (e.g. analyzing the specific type of datasets) from different perspectives (CS field), for which one of the methods I have developed ...
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Tips for being the first graduate student of a PI?

I have a very high expectation of a lab that I want to join and It's highly possible for me to eventually do that after my rotation period ends. The PI is the kind of person whom I have been looking ...
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Do I need recommendation letters from supervisors if I have a master's?

Applying for 2018-9 admissions (Missed 2017-8 admissions). Got master's applied math. Want PhD in pure math. How applicable is the following (source) a recommendation from someone who only taught ...
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One reviewer in the committee rejected my Ph.D. defense but he didn't attend

Update on Feb 27 The extension is confirmed. I can get the different reviewer, but sadly the graduate school will be able to make a replacement for me next semester. My additional advice for others ...
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Would receiving an award from a recognised conference in the field boost my future academic career?

I have been nominated for a community contribution award alongside another professor in our field, this nomination for serving our research community (scientific activities). The conference is ...
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how important is the master thesis work while applying for phd abroad?

I did Master's in chemistry (overall CGPA 8.5). my master thesis was not well written. I want to work on a different field during my PhD. Will my master thesis be a obstacle in my PhD application?
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Questions on graduate programs for Mathematics [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate Junior at UW Madison and I am finding myself really enjoying my recently declared mathematics major. I am exploring what it may look like for me to study math beyond a bachelors'....
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Extra Masters before PhD

In my field it is common for Americans like myself to do a 5-6 year PhD where the first two years are basically a masters degree. However, when I first applied two years ago I was rejected from all ...
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What are the academic career prospects for someone in their late 30's starting a PhD?

I'm in my late 30's and started a Ph.D. program and am wondering what my academic career prospects are. From my understanding, after the Ph.D., there are 2-3 years of postdoc, then 4-6 years of tenure-...
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Is certified translation of diploma an absolute necessary? [closed]

I will apply for a Ph.D. position, and the university is asking for an English version of my transcript record and diploma. My diploma/transcripts records are in French and the cost of a certified ...
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I believe my PhD dissertation was unfairly graded too low (cum laude): what should I do?

I recently completed my Ph.D. in Germany. I believe my dissertation was evaluated extremely unfairly. For my dissertation, I published seven papers in high-impact international medical journals (IF ...

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