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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Making future goals clear in statement of purpose when changing fields

I need your advice, dear visitors. Currently I am finishing my BS in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and trying to apply for a PhD program in Computer Science to universities in the USA. ...
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How to write a good PhD literature review?

I am in the early stages of my PhD and I am trying to put together a literature review of my topic. My intention is that this review will eventually be included in my thesis, something like "the ...
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MS degree after a PhD in physics

I got my PhD in quantum gravity 2 years ago, not from a top university, publishing only 1 paper, no conferences. Couldn't get a post doc, and it has been 2 years struggling in the job market, teaching ...
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What to say to one PhD offer when still waiting to hear the result of a different and preferred PhD application?

I have had two PhD interviews. One of the position (position A) I like more than the other (position B). Now, I have gotton a reply from position B saying that they will offer me the PhD. However, ...
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How difficult is it to get a paid PhD studentship in physics in Germany?

I would like to ask about the possibility of getting a paid PhD position in Germany. I am going to defend my thesis in Physics after a few days and I am thinking of applying for a PhD. My ...
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Can I work as a software engineer and be a PhD student?

I'm a master student, my master's background is about IT, signal processing, and Telecommunications. It's a "research master", which means that we're trained more to do research than be an IT ...
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GRE scores per section and their importance for PhD admissions in CS/E.Engineering

What scores are generally expected per section (AW/quantitative/verbal) to get my applications evaluated in top/good grad schools? Also, would achieving even better scores be a "plus" or it won't ...
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Research advice needed: How to make a move from web development to PhD research?

I am a web developer reasonably proficient in PHP and front-end development. I had completed my Masters (by coursework) more than 6 years ago and have been working as a web developer. My Masters' ...
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Pure vs Applied maths, and combinatorics, in American universities

I'm in my last year of an undergraduate degree in pure maths, doing my thesis on probabilistic combinatorics. In Australia (at least at my university), Hungarian-style combinatorics is classified as "...
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Advisor is moving. Issues with quitting PhD and settling for a MSc

I'm an international student. I have been in a PhD program in the US for 1 year and this is my second. My advisor informed me earlier this year that he is moving to another lower-ranked school. How to ...
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How to find out which math departments have a research group in mathematical logic?

I'm thinking to apply to PhD programs in math. I want to study mathematical logic. So I need programs that have mathematicians who do research in this area. I've searched the internet, the results ...
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How can I best use my time as a Mathematical sciences PhD student in the UK

I would like some useful advice regarding pursuing a PhD in mathematical sciences in the UK. I've just started my PhD in mathematical modelling and would like to know as much as possible about how to ...
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How important are physics and other non-math courses for admission into a math PhD?

I am a second year math major, and I intend to do my PhD from a top math school. Until now, I haven't taken any university level physics course. Somewhere in this site, I saw someone writing that ...
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Should I leave my PhD in year 6 or just take a bit of a leave and try to regroup?/ What is an “appropriate” level of angst to go through with a PhD?

So, to start with my question... PhDs/research are undoubtedly hard/stressful, but how much is too much? Should I leave my PhD in my 6th year or just take a bit of a leave to try and regroup? (I'm 31 ...
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Can I payoff student-loan debts working as a professor after getting a Ph.D. in mathematics?

I have been recently accepted into graduate school for my PhD in Mathematics. I feel very prepared and excited. However, my route is somewhat untraditional as I am "going back." That is, I am walking ...
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Should graduate applicants follow instructions by department NOT to contact potential advisors?

I am applying for doctoral programs in biostatistics and have read multiple places to attempt to set up contact with a potential advisor before applying. What if the department website specifically ...
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Are there any downsides to receiving BSc, MSc, and PhD all from the same university?

Like the title says, are there any downsides to receiving BSc, MSc, and PhD all from the same university? My university is not very well known outside my home country. I did not enter the PhD ...
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What should a good theoretical physics PhD progress look like at the beginning of 3rd year? [closed]

Obviously I am asking this because I am worried! I am a theoretical physics grad student at one of the top places in the US. The following is a brief history of my last 2 years and I would like to ...
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Some bad grades but many (good) publications; applying for a PhD [duplicate]

I'm considering to apply for a PhD. My situation is roughly this: GPA in my BSc is about 2/4. GPA in my MSc will be about 3.6/4 I have two peer-reviewed conference papers with proceedings and two ...
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Is a student with weak written examination skills also a weak candidate for PhD?

A friend of mine is enrolled as a master's student in Computer Science and considering to convert to a PhD at the same university. My guide acknowledges that he has excellent interpretation, ...
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PhD Physics Europe vs. United States

I've just finished my undergraduate education in Physics in Europe and as I want to stay in academics I want to pursue a PhD, which means either a master and then PhD in e.g. UK, Switzerland or ...
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Where can I find statistics on the average number of papers published while working on a PhD?

I'm interested in this, because I want to know if there is something like an average number that we might find. I am looking for statistics on the number of papers published while working on a PhD, ...
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External advisor for graduate students?

Some graduate students (MSc and PhD) have a second advisor from outside the university (and even outside the country). In most cases I've seen, the second advisor is a collaborator of the primary ...
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How to organize my papers and notes from the beginning of my PhD? [duplicate]

I'm a first year PhD student. I'm in my first stage (doing a literature review) but I face problem in organizing the papers I read and the notes I take for all papers. Should I put all that in one ...
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How should a Phd student deal with rude professors or faculty?

I am a phd student in IIT Bombay. I have found sometimes that professors or faculty behaving rudely especially with phd students. The situation being the student demanding better guidance on his ...
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Nomenclatures and symbols expansion in text

In my thesis there are 7 chapters. Each chapter contains many nomenclatures and symbols. Nomenclature: Chapter 1 Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is wonderful. MC is a stochastic process. Chapter 2/...
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Is having a specialised PhD topic a pitfall when applying to be a lecturer of STEM education, even with relevant practical experience?

This is in a similar vein as What are the potential pitfalls of having a PhD, but where that was specifically targeted as entering industry, this is targeted at becoming a lecturer of STEM education (...
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Does my supervisor want me to do my Ph.D. with him or elsewhere?

I am currently doing my master's under the supervision of an assistant professor. He's brilliant, professional and an amazing mentor. He is supportive but at the same time knows when and how to be ...
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Possible pitfalls of taking a year off to travel following a PhD instead of immediately starting with a post-doc position?

If a student, soon to complete a PhD, is not ready to enter academia is a year of travel a good option? Assuming that academic route is still interesting after the year will post-doc positions (...
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Is it possible to get hired without post-doctorate experience in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry?

I recently completed my PhD and I'm now looking for a job in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry. Either in production or in research. From somebody on the inside (senior position in research in a ...
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Is a research thesis (report) with zero contribution to human knowledge acceptable?

An alternate title could be "Do we award a PhD for what the student became or for what he produced?". More precisely, if a research thesis report does not advance human knowledge, yet still shows that ...
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What if I may not have research experience for math PhD application?

I am a master student of some engineering (other than EE/CS) in a decent US institution who will apply for a PhD in mathematics in Fall 2014 (possibly in PDE / applied analysis, but not sure). I ...
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Joining a group for PhD, how do I judge the atmosphere before I sign?

I am looking to start a PhD project soon and I have almost decided on the group in which I will apply. But I know that I am a very sensitive person when it comes to any work atmosphere. I have to feel ...
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Should student or supervisor be corresponding author for publications based on student research?

Papers published from an academic project (MSc or PhD) usually have two authors; the first author is the student who mainly conducted the research, and the second author is the professor who ...
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CV for post-docs: PhD vs PhD student?

As a PhD student who starts his last year, I will soon start to look for post-docs. In this process, I will update my Curriculum Vitae. But as a title of this CV should I put "PhD in XXXXXX" or "PhD ...
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Self-Plagiarism in PhD thesis

I am a final year PhD in UK in a scientific discipline and I am writing my thesis. I have already published 2 journal papers and I have submitted 2 more papers for publications. My department does not ...
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is it possible to have different research topics for the MSc and PhD?

Here is my case, before I studied my master´s degree I managed to write a research paper jointly with a Professor (not from my university) on databases. After that I pursue my master´s degree in CS, ...
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How to convince people of the time required to perform PhD research?

I have found that while many have some appreciation of the level of research in a PhD (usually by saying "that's way over my head" or something similar) and I have not really had a problem with ...
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Prospects with a Computational Social Science degree

During college, I decided to use my free electives to pursue a second major I had an interest in (Sociology) besides my main focus on computer science. I am contemplating applying to some phD ...
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Bad GRE subject test scores in Brit/Am Lit---any chance at PhD admissions to an English Lit program?

I want to apply to PhD programs in English Literature this December. I have pretty good stats from a good liberal arts college + summa thesis, but I majored in Russian Lit. I took a couple of English ...
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The Importance Of Final Year Results In US PhD admissions

How important are final year ( more especially final semester ) results in PhD admissions? I am on MEng course in the UK where final year results are usually released mid to late July, and I intend ...
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PhD approved by advisor, rejected by examiners

This has recently happened to an acquaintance of mine. A bit of background, in Australia, we do not 'defend' the thesis, we submit it to be examined by, usually, 3 academics (in the country or ...
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How to write a Ph.D. thesis Introduction chapter?

I am in the process of writing my Ph.D. thesis and struggling with the introduction chapter, what to cover, what not. This is a technical thesis. The broad area is molecular simulation in statistical ...
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How much more does a recommendation letter from alumni help in PhD admissions?

Imagine a case where I wish to apply for MIT. I happened to work with a young assistant professor who finished her PhD in MIT. How much will her good words weigh in recommending me to MIT PhD program? ...
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Are publications on arxiv.org valued by graduate admissions committees?

Please see this question of mine first. My question is: Does the admissions committee in grad school consider publications in places like arxiv.org as a significant achievement given the student has ...
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Chances at funded cs PhD with high GPA and GRE scores but no research experience or professor connections?

I see a lot of questions about grad school prospects with poor grades and/or gre but what about the prospects of getting into a funded PhD program with no research experience or professor connections ...
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How should a student handle possible misconduct in his supervisor's work?

Given that you just read your supervisor's dissertation because it is important for your research. As you have already conducted a fairly broad literature review about the subject some time ago, you ...
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How to make good use of compulsory study plans in connection with PhD studies?

I am not sure if this concept sounds familiar to you but in Sweden PhD students are expected to have a study plan, which is revised every year, in connection with a meeting between the student, the ...
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Does work experience help in (US) graduate admissions?

I have around 8 years of work experience. At this stage, the possible step is to go along management track. But, I am neither interested nor does it appeal to me. Thinking more on this, I have decided ...
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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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