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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Would it be a good or bad idea to start my PhD right after undergrad, in this situation? [closed]

I hope it is alright to ask this type of question here. I understand no-one can answer for me, but I would appreciate any perspectives from those of you have experience with academia. I am a senior in ...
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Conversion of GPA from scale of 10 to 4 (India) [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student from India, interested in applying for Ph.D. programs in Astronomy in US institutes. My institute evaluates the CGPA from a scale of 10. Since the cutoff for Astronomy is ...
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Applying for a mathematics PhD in the US after getting a BSc degree from Imperial

This summer I finished my BSc maths degree at Imperial College London and ranked around top 5% of the class. I was considering the idea of applying to some US universities like Stanford, Harvard, etc.,...
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How do I get rid of a mental barrier with respect to continuing research work that I have already done? [closed]

It happens quite often that I have done some work and have got some result. If I pause working on that same problem for some time and then get back to it later, I find a mental resistance towards ...
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My PhD work is too simple. I don't feel good about my work, my abilities and my future career

I am about to defend my PhD in materials engineering. My work is related to numerical modeling of an additive manufacturing process. When I joined for my PhD, I was offered a different topic which was ...
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Accepted as PhD student, but my funding application was rejected. Now my prospective PhD advisor recommends that I should bail out. What should I do? [duplicate]

I was recently accepted by a university as a PhD student. During the whole process, my potential supervisor agreed to supervise me along with some of his colleagues as my co-supervisor. Although, I ...
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What do I do if I cannot give a good reference to my PhD student?

I've seen several questions from students about bad supervisor references but this is on the other side. I have a PhD student whose priority during their PhD was family (had two children in 3 years) ...
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Impact of Master's Degree on Physics PhD Admission in the United States: will I be held to a higher standard?

I am an American undergraduate studying Engineering Physics. I am planning to stay at my current school for a sequential Master's program (in Electrical and Computer Engineering). I wonder if Physics ...
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What is the minimum expected from a math PhD [closed]

I had a hard time deciding whether this question is more suitable for here or mathoverflow. I'm posting here if you think it is better to be on mathoverflow please let me know. I'm a PhD student in ...
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How to find suitable PhD programs in Computational Social Science? [closed]

I recently graduated from a master's program in Information Science in the U.S. and want to get into a Ph.D. program in the near future. I am pretty interested in computational social science, ...
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What to ask a prospective supervisor regarding advertised PhD position?

I have completed my master's degree in aerospace engineering from India, and I am continuously looking for PhD opportunities in Europe in the field of aerospace propulsion. In this regard, I have come ...
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PhD in Biology: how time consuming?

I am currently pursuing my master's in bio-medicine. I am taking classes, doing research, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. So far it has turned out to be very time consuming. I ...
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Is industrial organizational (I/O) psychology considered a STEM subject according to USCIS/DHS?

I'm looking to do a PhD in I/O psychology in the US. I learned that only a few psych subjects were considered STEM according to the list released by ICE in 2016 and I/O psychology is not one of them. ...
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Is there any age criteria in selecting new faculty in STEM universities in the USA?

I plan to start my Ph.D. quite late at age 31. I wanted to know if this would have any implications on my career if I decide to stay in academia and apply to faculty positions after completing my Ph.D....
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Coming from an unknown university, is it possible to publish a good research paper in a good journal?

Suppose someone is pursuing PhD in mathematics from a third class university and their supervisor has little knowledge about their own field. Is it possible to publish a good research paper in good ...
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Declining PhD Interview

I have applied to a PhD position some weeks ago. After thinking about the given topic and institute for a longer time, I don't want to do my PhD there anymore. They want to interview me but since I ...
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How much do I have to know about a group's research before I email the PI about openings? [closed]

My field of study is purely theoretical, meaning that there are a ton of equations and a bunch of numerical simulations. I am targeting groups that align with my field and I am trying to read their ...
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Mentioning professor's name in SOP [duplicate]

I have applied for a PhD program in USA. I have mentioned a professor's name in the SOP. Will the professor only get the application to review or the other professors will also be able to see my ...
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Starting a PhD without wanting an academic career afterwards: should I tell my advisor?

I'm about to start a PhD in Europe. I'm seeing the PhD as a "normal job" that I'll do for a few years, because I'm interested in the job and I find it stimulating and interesting, and I want ...
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Is it worth doing a PhD in the area of business, management, finance? [closed]

This question is refers mainly to European students and European universities. I would like to try doing a PhD when I finish my master's (I'm still studying for my bachelor's), but a lot of students ...
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PhD in the Netherlands: Can I negotiate the starting step in my salary scale?

I am going to join a PhD position in one of the TUs in the Netherlands. This question pertains to the salary I can expect. I have worked 2 years after my bachelors and 3 years after my masters. For ...
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I am applying for a new PhD position. However I'm already enrolled at one institute for the past one year. How do I explain my drop out?

So I enrolled at a reputed Research Institute in Taiwan one year ago, just after my Master's. However, the course work and research conducted here was not as I expected it to be. I tackled it well but ...
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Applying for PhD as a transferred undergraduate: do I need transcripts from my previous institution?

I am an undergraduate in Math/CS at a Canadian university, and I am planning to apply for PhD in US/Canada. The thing is that I spent the first year of my undergraduate at another program in another ...
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Contacting a potential PhD advisor

I am a senior who is graduating in December 2020. In May, I contacted a potential PhD advisor at my own university, and he was interested enough to offer early admission (in Spring as opposed to Fall)....
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Do I have any chance to get a PhD admission with “scholarship” at the age of 44 from Canada, or USA, Australia, New Zealand? [duplicate]

It was my yearning to pursue my PhD program outside my home country, Iran, but many difficulties, especially financial problems set me back. I have been working since 2001 in different industries. In ...
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Getting into a PhD program with a low gpa but good profile [duplicate]

I am going to apply to few PhD programs in Microbiology (I'm particularly very interested in Microbial ecology) but I'm afraid my undergrad gpa (8.5/10 for the first 6 semester as I'm currently in my ...
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Impact of Masters thesis on PhD application

I am a final year masters student and I will be defending in Fall 2020. I will be applying for PhD in Fall 2021. At the start of my Masters thesis, me and my PI had a specific goal in mind (lets call ...
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Why was I advised to contact prospective advisors when following up on my PhD application?

I applied for a PhD program in a US university for Spring 2021 in the 1st week of August, 2020. I have mentioned a professor's name and work, who encouraged me to apply and permitted me to write his ...
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PhD Student/Candidate distinction - European/French universities

I read an interesting topic entitled "PhD candidate vs. PhD Student". I understood that the distinction between the use of those terms is strongly linked to the structure of PhD programs in ...
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Is it okay to change advisors in the same university between Masters and PhD?

I have almost finished my master's in Computer Science the only reason that I don't want to directly continue with a PhD is my advisor and co-advisor. I was left out during almost all my master's ...
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In what sort of department can I pursue a PhD in fan behaviour?

I'm planning to do PhD on the Fan culture to be specific - A comparative study on the effects of Digital media on Football Fan behaviour on supporters of European football clubs in Indonesia and India....
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Another bachelor or PhD?

I have already completed two bachelor's degrees in law and social sciences. And a master's degree in political science. My field of study is interdisciplinary and focuses on social inequalities. I ...
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I'm thinking about quitting my PhD program and seeking advice [closed]

I have completed part of my PhD program and am thinking about quitting- I'm looking for advice from someone who has had a similar experience or who has advice to offer. I took my comprehensive exams ...
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Can I have two PhD supervisors from two different UK universities?

I have two unconditional offers from two UK universities in law. University A assigned me one supervisor only, but he is the greatest in part of my thesis. University B also assigned me one supervisor,...
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What are the advantages and downsides of a broad PhD thesis? [closed]

A previous version of this question focused too much on my personal situation. The current one aims at being more generic. The main question boils down to what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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How to compensate for previous low grades when applying to PhDs in the UK?

I want to know how to compensate a low overall grade for past education for a Ph.D. application in computer science in the UK ? Thanks
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How to decide if I want to pursue PhD [closed]

I have a Master's in Computer Science and I currently work in a manufacturing company. My current role is IT Manufacturing Technical Leader with responsibilities split between technical and business ...
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Undergrad grades in PhD

For someone who has just finished his M.Sc. with extremely good grades, is it possible that their not so extremely good grades during undergrad might affect where they get their PhD?
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Will taking basic courses missed during undergraduate now as a non-degree student help for my PhD applications?

I am an international master student and I have an unconventional background. I want to apply for PhD programs in field X, which is closely related to my degree now, but not exactly. I missed some ...
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Msc in popular field in less reputed university or not so popular field but in well recognized school [closed]

Suppose someone can decide between: doing a Master in a university that has low rank but has one very active Prof in Machine Learning for example where there are good number of PhD positions to apply ...
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Why don’t some PhD students publish their thesis works in a journal? [closed]

I want to know why some PhD students don't publish their works in a journal. For example, I have seen many good, high level German theses which were written around 1970-90, but were not published in ...
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Is it negatively viewed by PhD programs if I completed my masters in 3 years instead of the standard duration of 2 years?

I am doing my masters in Mathematics in Germany and I wanted to switch my major area from Geometry to Probability Theory after my first year, so that after my masters I can get a PhD in Statistics. ...
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Switch majors in pure math masters in order to apply for a PhD in statistics? [closed]

I have finished the first year of my Masters in Mathematics from a German university. The area that I intended to write my masters thesis in was in Differential Geometry. However, I have decided that ...
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Date of PhD award Oxbridge

This question is similar to the date of PhD award in France, but for the case of Oxbridge (maybe all of UK, but I don't know). There is the date of the defense (behind closed doors), after which one ...
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My advisor signed a contract to hire me, but then external funding fell through. Should I force him to take me anyway?

I'm in a very strange situation. I have been accepted to a PhD program in the UK which was supposed to be financed by an external company (this was arranged by the advisor). I've already accepted and ...
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How can I accredit my Russian kandidat nauk in biology to PhD in USA?

I have a kandidat nauk in biology from Russia, and as I know it's equivalent to a PhD degree outside post-Soviet countries. My question is what do I need to do to accredit my degree in the USA? Which ...
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Can my old supervisor publish my work without my say so

So I completed my PhD in Jan this year and have graduated. Since then I have left academia/research and ended up in a regular job I love despite it being something that is unrelated to my PhD. My ...
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Should I be concerned that my (successful) application to grad school only barely survived the first cut?

I am starting my PhD in a few days. One of the faculty told one of his students that me and another incoming PhD student just made it in terms of the initial admission ranking, i.e. we were in the ...
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Are scientific conferences important for a PhD-student?

I'm a PhD-Student in economics in my second year. But so far I have not attended a single scientific conference or similar. First, I wonder how such a conference works. Do you present your latest ...
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What standards should I apply when evaluating a PhD thesis from a weaker university?

I have been asked to serve on the examination committee for a PhD thesis. It's in the area of machine learning. It's from a university in a developing country. My job is to provide a written report, ...