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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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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The right way to do academic writing [duplicate]

I am doing PhD in IT I have Bsc in Math (there wasn't writing in my study) and my masters was course based not research. Today I got my paper returned with many comments some of these comments are (...
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My supervisors want to make me finish my Ph.D. in 2 years. What can I do?

After finishing my M.A.Sc. in Canada, I had been interviewed with my current supervision team in my current Swiss university to start a Ph.D. In that time, it was fairly obvious that the project I was ...
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Requesting suggestion regarding Deferring a PhD offer

I am an international student (from the Non-EU region) and I have a Ph.D. Offer in the area of Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. The program was supposed to commence ...
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My new supervisor wanted to collaborate with my ex-supervisor who bullied and destroyed me [closed]

I was in a lab since two years ago for a PhD and I wasnot lucky since I had faced bullying and all the bad things you could imagine. I left one year and for the bad luck I thought that this would be ...
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PhD expectations of commitment

I was discussing the possibility of entering a PhD program from a professor who I had during my masters degree. We discussed the level of commitment he expected and he stated he expects PhD students ...
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No publication in MS

I completed my MS-by research (thesis) in US in EE (well-renowned university and advisors) and unfortunately, I do not have any papers published. At present, I am leading (read it as pitch idea, ...
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MS thesis defense equivalent to publishing as a MS student?

When applying to Ph.D. at the top 10 programs in the US, does MS thesis defended to committee members have the same weight as publishing paper as a MS student? Or am I at the disadvantage of not ...
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How to justify pursuing a Masters after a Ph.D. for Visa purposes? [closed]

I have recently completed my Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Regarding my background, I have a BSc and an M.Sc. in biotechnology. During my Ph.D., I wanted to work extensively in the Neuroscience domain ...
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Is there any scholarship or fellowship award for part-time PhD students in Deep Learning? [closed]

Is there any fellowship awards for part-time Ph.D. Students? I have a full-time job in the relevant field. While searching for options, I have seen a few from Facebook, Nvidia and Microsoft but these ...
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How does someone become a professor who makes break throughs at creating Artificial Intelligence rather than merely analyzes data with known methods?

How does someone become a professor who makes break throughs creating Artificial Intelligence through deep learning rather than someone who merely knows many ways of analyzing data and write reports? ...
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What department level internal accountability standards can be developed for improving problem advisors

My dissertation has just been approved and I can not be more relieved. I am not relieved because of impostor syndrome or because the work load was too high. I am relieved that I never have to ...
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How closely should my research proposal align with existing projects in the department?

I am hoping to apply for a PhD in mathematics in Germany, where the most common method of pursuing a PhD is to put together a research proposal and then find a professor who will support you. This is ...
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Should I contact potential recommendation letter writers if I only have vague plans about applying for a PhD?

I might, or might not, need letters of recommendation for a PhD application in the future. My plans are vague, I am just finishing my master's and planning to work for a while before deciding. There ...
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Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far [duplicate]

I'm an MS in CompSci grad who wants to do a PhD someday. The one thing I don't have from my time in undergrad and MS is significant research experience. Of course, I did undergrad research but was ...
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Getting no responses from professor and being worried about my future

I decided to pursue a PhD degree after a few years in industry, so I contacted a professor from the university where I had received my Diploma 3 years back. We had some conversations in the beginning ...
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Do visiting professors make for good PhD supervisor?

I am currently thinking about pursuing a public policy PhD after my MA is completed. One of my top target schools employs a visiting professor who has been at that university for the past several ...
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Cost/Benefit of transfering from Masters to PhD mid-program [closed]

I am about 8 months into a Masters program. My advisor just asked me to consider transferring into a PhD program with him. If accepted, the work I have done towards my Masters would count towards the ...
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Accepted by a different proposed supervsior: writing a thank you letter

This is a usual how to write a thank you letter but the twist is during the application process I put down professor X as a possible supervisor. I then interviewed with professor X and professor Y (...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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How Might The Pedagogy Of A PhD Supervisor Differ From That Of An MSc Supervisor

An MSc and PhD are quite different both in terms of the length and the expectations placed on the students undergoing the program. First, let's just assume that the 'students' I reference below are ...
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Is it logistically possible to work on two PhD research projects at the same time?

Say someone wants to enroll in two unrelated disciplines: e.g. a Ph.D. in, say, Arabic Literature, and Ph.D. in, say, in Math Education. I am not going into the capability of the candidate, or ...
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Is it possible to trade up during ones PhD in Mathematics? [closed]

I have been accepted into a Ph.D. program at a school that is a decent top 50 on the US News. Has anyone had any experience with 'trading up' after one gets their terminal master? At my undergrad, ...
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Should I reach out to a potential PhD supervisor about applying when they have a relationship with my current PhD supervisor?

I've had a really bad relationship with my supervisor since I started. I've even had to take time off to get a mental reprieve from everything that was happening. At this point, I really want to go ...
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Quitting PhD in my third year

HI everybody I am a physics PhD student working in the field of theoretical physics. I am currently in my third year. I am currently at a point where I am thinking of quitting my PhD. I have no ...
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Would it be appropriate to send your CV to a researcher who gave you their business card a few years ago?

When I was presenting a paper at a conference ~3years ago, a researcher (who also happens to be a professor) gave me her business card after discussing with her after my presentation. Now that I’m ...
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Is it wrong to call yourself Dr First_Name Last_Name when you have a Professional Doctorate such as DTech or DBA and not a PhD or MBBS?

Is it wrong to call yourself Dr First_Name Last_Name when you have a Professional Doctorate such as DTech or DBA and not a PhD or MBBS?
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Systematic review: Inclusion paper [closed]

I am doing a systematic review of the medical field. I am looking for the current definition of exacerbation in CF patients used in the literature. my question is.. Should we include a book in the ...
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Would 3 years of master's in Computer Science look bad in PhD applications?

Basically I'm in an MS program in Computer Science where I do either 8 courses or 6 courses (2 courses per semester) + thesis (spread across 2 semesters). My original plan was to complete the thesis ...
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Is a Masters Degree required to pursue a PhD? [duplicate]

I recently heard someone saying that you don't need a Masters to pursue a PhD. Since I have never heard of people who got PhDs without Masters, I wanted to know whether this is true and how common is ...
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Should I hide certain education history on my CV/resume? [duplicate]

Apologize in advance if it is not suitable for this site. I consider asking this in workplace exchange, but I think people on this site are more familiar with similar situation. For obvious reasons I ...
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Before entering into a computational research PhD, should one gain strong coding & software engineering skills?

Main Question: Should someone gain good computer programming skills/experience through a software engineering job before entering a 5-year PhD program in Computer Science (Tentative specialization: ...
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Can i still get a P.h.D at an Ivy league school? [duplicate]

my Undergraduate GPA was 3.15 / 4.00 degree in Computer Science in the United Kingdom My Master GPA is 3.952 / 4.00 degree in Data Analytics and Visualisation in the united states intended ...
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Sharing with research team about being affected by a natural disaster

Is it professional enough to share personal worries with your research team and your supervisor where you are pursuing doctoral studies away from home and your hometown has been affected by a natural ...
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How to handle PhD student who expects help with technical problems?

I am a postdoc supervising a PhD student in Computer Science. Unfortunately, I have a lot on my plate and I cannot help him with the solution of the technical problems (they require a lot of time to ...
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Precarious employment in academia: Why is there no labor union in academia? [closed]

Many positions in academia are precarious, when it comes to employment common behavior in academia would never be acceptable in industry. This applies equally to PhD students as well as to junior ...
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Should I contact professors in Europe to enquire about PhD positions given the ongoing pandemic?

I am a 2nd year masters student in Mathematics in an Asian University and my masters will be completed this month. I wrote to professors in December and January asking about open positions in their ...
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How to transition into a PhD in Theoretical Physics?

I am currently a graduate student in Theoretical chemistry/Chemical Physics at one of the higher-ranked R1 universities in the US. After a year of taking graduate-level courses in Physics, I have ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD position with only a Bachelor's degree?

I have done a Bachelor's (4 years) and my GPA is quite low. But I have research experiences (more than 3 years) and few publications in some good journals. I want to do a Ph.D. in biology or a related ...
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Molds of PhD thesis from more than one idea

I'm considering doing a PhD in Software Engineering and Information Technology. Associated with a particular concept of interest (immersion), got many ideas running through my mind that having them ...
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Mentioning that a part of the thesis was done at another university in my PhD thesis

While working on my thesis, and for about a month, I did some simulation studies on another university with the supervision of another professor. I want to mention this at the begining of the section ...
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Is Math Overflow representative of how theoretical research works in person?

I'm a prospective PhD student who has had little to non-existent experience in formal/theoretical research. As an engineering student, the workflow I am used to is to test an experiment, then to debug ...
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How to approach a PhD if I want to have a career in academia?

I am towards the end of the first year of my PhD where most of my time went towards doing courses and a small research project in our lab. I plan to continue in academia after my PhD and aspire to get ...
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Does it have any value getting a PhD in engineering after 45? [closed]

I am talking about academia and research. Suppose, a person doesn't have either professional or academic credentials or experiences. Suddenly he decides to study engineering because he wants to ...
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Is it OK to have a PhD thesis with shortcomings and inaccuracies?

I recently defended my PhD thesis and was awarded a pass with some minor corrections. I am due to submit the final version of my thesis very soon. The examiners were both very happy with my thesis, ...
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Is it pointless to bring up poor supervision during PhD viva?

I should defend my PhD in the UK near the end of the year. Unfortunately I fell into the class of horribly supervised PhD students - with an ill-defined research project and an absent supervisor who ...
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Would it be ok/wise to end my PhD contract after submitting my PhD thesis in order to be able to start a new job at that time?

I would like to start looking for a job in the period preceding the submission of my thesis, so that if I’m lucky and I find a job, I could end my PhD contract (around PhD submission time) and take on ...
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Where to get help when we can't understand something done in a paper?

I often face the following situation: I am reading a technical paper, and I can't figure out a calculation shown in the paper, whose details are not given. There is no reference in the paper about ...
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Can I keep my full-time job while I pursue a PhD in Psychology, and if so, for how long?

I have read this question posed a lot for math and science doctoral degree, but my question pertains to pursuing a social sciences doctoral degree. I'm currently working as a Management Analyst in ...