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 a PhD the highest degree?

I am curious to know whether PhD is the highest degree one can earn? Is there any other degree beyond that, if so what is it and what are the universities offering the same?
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Changing Interests After Getting Accepted for PhD

I have brought some trouble onto myself I know, but what can be done by someone in my situation. I applied and got accepted for a PhD program in Computer Science. I automatically assumed that I ...
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Where to define nomenclature in a proposal or dissertation?

I am writing my proposal and I am borrowing heavily from one of my publications. The published paper has a Nomenclature section at the very beginning (just after the abstract). What is the ...
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Is it necessary to obtain permissions for copying figures from published articles in your proposal/dissertation?

I am currently writing a proposal for my research topic and I want to copy figures from published articles into my proposal document. To put it in perspective, almost all the copied figures are to go ...
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I got admited to a PhD program without a master degree. Does it hurt when I apply for a postdoc?

I am a graduate student in Sweden, and will present my PhD thesis next semester, and have several articles accepted/published. However, when I applied (and got admitted) I had only studied at the ...
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How to select a dissertation committee member wisely?

I'm currently developing my dissertation proposal, and am in the process of choosing my committee members. I have heard that one should carefully choose their committee members, since they ultimately ...
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PhD in the US with an MSc from another country: coursework exemption?

I'm currently studying for an MSc in theoretical particle physics in Israel. After I finish it I would like to study for a PhD abroad. In the UK it seems that a PhD degree does not generally require ...
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How to prepare a Journal Club (or Methods) presentation?

I recently gave a presentation that was poorly received by my PI. I presented a technique that I have been trying to master (Patch Clamp). My PI thought I was not adequately prepared but gave no ...
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What do co-supervisors get out of a PhD?

PhD supervisors usually get paid to supervise. They also have the prestige of having lots of students under their belt. It's common to also have co-supervisor (I think it's mandatory in many fields, ...
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Choosing a title to hold upon completion of a doctoral degree: “Dr.” vs. “Ph.D.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: EU Ph.D. in Germany: Calling yourself “Dr.” or “Ph.D.” I'm asking this question in relation to my doctoral studies in Germany. However, my question may ...
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Is it true that it is easier to obtain a PhD in Europe than the US on average?

I am a physics undergrad, and plan to pursue a PhD in mathematical physics (string theory?). I have heard from a lot of people, who have personally seen the research scenario at universities both in ...
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How old is too old for a PhD?

Are there any age limits (formal, informal, or guidelines) that schools use when deciding to accept someone into a PhD program? I'm most curious about the upper age limits. For example, will most ...
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Should one research multiple independent topics while pursuing a PhD?

While pursuing a PhD in an experimental field, one usually researches a given topic and conducts experiments that are rather closely related to this topic and one another. I imagine this ...
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How to get the most out of a period in another university during PhD?

Many PhD programs envisage for every candidate a period (3, 6 months or more) in another university, in order to carry on research in another institution, acquire new skills and (maybe) lay the ...
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What are some reasons to get (or not get) a PhD?

Lots of people start PhD programs, but far fewer finish (in some programs the drop-out rate is 50% or higher). Some people are motivated to get a PhD by: wanting a job in academia, wanting a job in ...
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Feasibility of enrollments in a Masters program at one university and a PhD program in another university

Is it possible to be enrolled at a Masters program at one university and a PhD program in another university? Is one allowed to do this? Or is this not possible in general?
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Consequences of quiting a masters program (because of a job) and later applying for PhD program

Suppose a student complete 1 year of a masters degree (2 year program). She then decides to accept a job. Later on, she wants to apply to a PhD program. Would it look bad if she didn't finish the ...
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Is it a bad idea to take a leave of absence to finish a degree?

In general, is it better to complete a graduate degree first before deciding to work? Or is it also advisable to take a leave of absence and work while finish your graduate degree later?
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Is it hard to start a PhD programme after leaving to work in industry?

Currently I'm finishing my master program in computing. I need to decide between going to industry and starting a PhD programme. Having worked a bit with research and industry I prefer the former so ...
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Is seeking co-advising encouraged during Ph.D?

I'm an undergraduate student about to apply for a Ph.D program this year. I am interested in knowing whether seeking co-advising from a related, but different department (in my case I'm applying for ...
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What are some implications of taking a break before a PhD in the US or Europe?

I am a final year physics Master's student. I want to do a PhD after completing my masters. But instead of applying directly after completing masters, I wish to take a break from academics for a year ...
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What are some options for a graduate student abandoned by Ph. D advisor?

I'm currently doing a PhD in applied mathematics, I'm about to start my final year. The problem that I've been working on for the last 2 years was originally proposed by my advisor and one of his ...
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Does working for a prestigious company help in a PhD application?

Does working for a prestigious company help in a PhD application? For example, suppose one does interesting work while at a prestigious company. Would this help an application?
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Which is more beneficial prior to PhD: research experience or a second Masters degree?

I will be applying to do a PhD in Applied Mathematics, and have been advised by some professors to consider doing a second masters degree if I do not get in. I have also approached researchers about ...
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How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics?

Although I am an active user of SE, I have chosen to remain anonymous because of the nature of this question. I am currently a graduate student at a university that lands in the mid 70s among U.S. ...
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Getting a PhD much later on [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Age and Graduate school Is it difficult to get a job as a professor if you don't go to a PhD program immediately after undergrad? For example, suppose you work for 5 years ...
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What factors affect how long it would take to get a phd, either going via, or without, a masters?

My speciality is statistics. I'm contemplating a PhD. If I do a Masters first, that might take a different amount of time to reach the completion of my PhD from now, than if I just got a bachelors ...
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What is a committee looking for in a dissertation proposal?

I've started narrowing down the scope of my dissertation, and I have one year before I need to defend my proposal. I'm curious to know what is expected from a dissertation proposal. What are the key ...
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Are there any particular grants or fellowships in the sciences specifically for non-traditional students?

After obtaining my masters degree, I spent four years doing other things before returning to pursue my PhD. My advisor has a Dept. of Energy grant which has funded me, but the grant will not be able ...
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Can I publish parts of the Ph.D thesis as a paper in a journal?

I recently finished my PhD thesis which will be published as a book soon. Now I'm wondering if it's possible or allowed to submit parts to a journal? Normally the process would be the other way round ...
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What are the benefits of getting a PhD in statistics over a MS in statistics?

What are the benefits of getting a PhD in statistics over a MS in statistics (other than being a professor)? Do people with PhDs in statistics earn significantly more than people with MS degrees in ...
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How do multiple PhD scholarships combine?

I'm currently in the process of applying for various scholarships to fund my PhD. Since I'm writing to many different organizations/institutions/etc., I started wondering whether these different ...
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What do I have to do in preparation for applying for a PhD?

I'm just about to go into my final year of my computing degree, and I want to continue to a PhD after completion. What preparations do I need to do prior to applying for grants/scholarships/funding?
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Are PhD scholarships and assistantships taxable?

I'm currently in the process of applying for various scholarships to fund my PhD. Many scholarships mention explicitly the approximate amount per year of the scholarship. This is usually the amount ...
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How to maximize performance in social science PhD program?

I am currently enrolled in a social science (management/information systems) PhD program, and I have spent a lot of time thinking/experimenting with how to maximize my performance. First I tried ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having PhD from a non-main campus?

What if one pursues a PhD from a university campus which is not the main campus, rather in a different city hundred miles away. The certificate is given by the main campus authority. Is there any ...
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PhD thesis layouts from around the world

About to do this PhD thesis here - but am not really satisfied with my layout. Could somebody point me to some interesting layouts, templates or whatever?
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Dismissed by my committee

I attended a doctoral program and was completing it in 3 to 4 years. I got a life-threatening sickness that set me back several years. When nearing my dissertation I was dismissed. I was told that I ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having PhD skipping M.Sc.?

In some countries like Australia, Singapore etc, A candidate may be enrolled into Masters leading to PhD program on condition that he/she will pass the candidature test after the 1st year and are ...
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In the social sciences, is it easier to get a post doc than a PhD?

I am completing a PhD in Global Studies in Germany, and would like to apply for a post doc in North America, especially Canada. However, I am not sure if there is funding for post docs in the social ...
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Can international students in USA intern in summer in industry?

Can international PhD students go do internships during summer in industries? Does their F1 visa status allow this? From how I see it, this is neither an OPT or a CPT. I asked my International ...
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How should a PhD student approach a collaboration?

I'm a PhD student at a top-ten university in the UK. I'm just starting the second year of my social science doctorate. I'm way 'ahead' of where I should be at the moment in terms of words written, ...
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Value of contributions to Wikipedia when applying for academic jobs

The quality of articles in Wikipedia has grown tremendously in the last few years. A "good article" requires a big list of necessities, including coherence, readability, comprehensiveness and credible ...
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What to do when PhD is becoming hell due to non-cooperation from supervisor?

I have a nightmare adviser, who is also the head of the Department. The problems are: he has too many students, never reads my chapters, he is trying his best to sabotage TA or RA opportunities that ...
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Is it harder to transition from Industry Research to Prof than PostDoc to Prof?

Assuming someone just received their PhD (in say, Computer Science) and chooses to step into Industry RnD rather than taking up a post doc, a year or two later, he/she realizes that Academia is where ...
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Is transferring to another university an option for an unhappy PhD student?

I've heard of people transferring between graduate schools because of their advisor moving to another school and taking their students with them. Do students ever transfer for other reasons? If a ...
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Choosing and training (admitted) PhD students for research

What do you expect from a PhD student before being an advisor for him? I mean do you expect from him to fully understand your papers and to be able to contribute your research from the first day or ...
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Where to publish Ph.D. related articles in the IT field

I am currently working on my Ph.D. with topic “Research of the current methods and technologies for web sites and web application development“. I have some articles that I would like to share(and also ...
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Can one's PhD work be an extension of their Masters research?

I am currently pursuing a Masters degree in Literature, and I see potential in further research on the current topic of my dissertation for a PhD in the future. I have been told that an Honours thesis ...
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Entering into PhD program after having dropped out of bachelor's

When I was 23, I quit my computer science undergraduate studies at USC with only one semester worth of units left and a low (less than 3.0) GPA due to personal reasons. I just turned 30 and have ...