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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Is it true that foreign students have very limited academic prospects in Germany?

My question is about this apparently well-received answer on Quora: Q: Which PhD programs in Germany would you recommend? A: NONE...The German Ph.D. system is feudal and archaic. At the top is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How open should I be with my PhD supervisor about the problems in my personal life?

My marriage has been going through some problems in the last year which has affected my PhD. My supervisor has been very understanding and was keen for me not to interrupt and granted me a two month ...
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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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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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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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“In the event of failure, the candidate will be asked to withdraw from the Graduate Program.”, How is it different from being fired?

This is from a document explaining the procedure for the comprehensive exam for entering the Ph.D. candidacy at my school. It mentions that the potential candidate should withdraw from the Ph.D. ...
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If, where and how to talk about personal problems during master in PhD application

I am applying to become a PhD student in some institutions. My master record isn't exactly perfect mainly because I didn't complete it in time: I should have completed it in two years but it took me ...
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How is an engineer's degree viewed among the admission committee for PhD applicants?

How is a 5-year engineer's degree viewed among the admission committee for PhD applicants? How much weight does the name of the degree have in the review process? Assuming a choice were to be made ...
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Very short phd interview presentation in just 2 slides [duplicate]

I have been invited for a phd interview and I was asked to prepare a 4 minute presentation with a max of 2 slides only on myself and my research interests. The fact that it's extremely restricted in ...
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Quitting PhD 2 years into a 3-year program

I'm currently in a 3-year (European) PhD program in Computer Science/Machine Learning, but I feel like I'm very far behind schedule. I started on a very open-ended project proposal and grant, which I ...
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What to do about repeated PhD rejections? [duplicate]

I'm a prospective graduate student in political science with a strong GPA and research interest in climate change and environmental conflict. My challenge is that I have been finding it difficult to ...
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Is this violation of academic integrity if I ask a question on Github public repository and post it as an issue?

Recently, I asked a question on a public Github repository about a formula that is used in the code that is hosted on that public repository. Basically, if you are familiar with Github, you can create ...
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PhD.-Application; How to deal with reference-letter requests when being out of academia for 2 years?

Two years ago I did a M.Sc. in cognitive Neuroscience and then started working as a DL / ML-Engineer up until now. Back then I got two positive reference letters for a specific graduate program from ...
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What to expect from a Skype PhD interview in physics?

I have a Skype interview for a physics PhD in Austria, and was wondering what level the questions are likely pitched at. While I have a Master's degree, it is from the UK and I am aware that students ...
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How should a new professor speak to prospective PhD Students?

I am a new professor, now interviewing PhD students. I lack many of the things they expect: other PhD students to talk to, a clear narrative about my lab's work (as funding is still in flux), and an ...
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How dificult is it to get into a PhD program years after quitting another?

I am in my 5th year of a PhD program, with the deadline for my dissertation just a few months away and barely any results to report, never mind writing an entire dissertation.* I am considering ...

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