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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PhD: what happens if I quit?

Here's my story. I moved from my home country to the UK in October to start a PhD in the UK with lots of excitement and positive expectations. However, what I discovered once I started was that the ...
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How can I improve my chances of receiving PhD funding (UK, Anthropology)?

I have been accepted to UCL and Oxford for a PhD in anthropology, however I have not been offered funding for either position. I am considering reapplying next year and I would like to know how I can ...
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Are there any aspects of PhD work that do not translate well to distance learning?

In another question about distance PhDs (Do any schools offer teaching or research assistantships via distance education?), I received several comments noting that PhDs on-line are of inferior quality ...
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Is there a way to check for similarities within a single text?

I am reaching the final stage of my dissertation which means editing, rewriting, and more editing. I am looking for a tool which can help me in this process by checking for similarities within a ...
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How to ask PhD advisor to work remotely on thesis for extensive periods?

I am in a PhD program in a top US institution but my SO,family,friends are somewhere else. I am considering a thesis that would require minimal/no field or lab work. This would be a big compromise as ...
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Informing your advisor that you are changing disciplines

As a sort of follow up to a previous question, what is advice you would give for telling my MSci advisor I am switching disciplines (pure maths to statistics) for doctoral work? I will presumably ask ...
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How to use feedback on written publications efficiently?

Whenever I submit an article, conference paper or other written document, I get tons of useful feedback from my supervisors and other PhD students. So far, I've made sure to adjust my submissions ...
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What are the most important factors evaluated when applying for Phd position? [duplicate]

I am sure this question has been posted somewhere in SE forums before. If not here is my contribution, otherwise please show me the pointers to similar well-voted questions. Here is the actual ...
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Can you do paid external work under a PhD contract in France?

If someone has a PhD contract in France and wants to work during summer for instance, is it fine if that person receives any external support during that time, outside the PhD contract support?
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How to tell my advisor I am leaving the PhD program, when he is the reason I'm leaving?

I want to give up my current PhD program, which I started 5 months ago, because I really do not like my current advisor's personality and working style. He lives a relaxed life and has no enthusiasm ...
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Is it bad form to ask someone to be my advisor over email?

The faculty, of course, will not first hear from me over email - we have maintained semi-regular research-related meetings over the semester. I have not yet asked her to be my advisor, but now since ...
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Should I mention not completing a Phd in a cover letter?

I am possibly quitting my PhD. I am 2 years into my PhD and now I am writing a cover letter for an opening at a company. My question is, do I mention in the cover letter why I am quitting ? In my CV I ...
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Programming Interview for PhD Admission in Computer Science

A prospective supervisor is interested in me, and has asked me for programming interview. As I have been told, his research group does a lot of system programming, and he is seeking a good programmer. ...
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What date goes on your hardbound PhD thesis?

I submitted my thesis in 2013 but passed my viva (the oral defense/examination) in 2014. Should the date (month+year) which I put in, on and around my thesis be, When I submitted my soft-bound copy ...
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What are the important factors to consider when choosing a Master topic?

I am a computer science, master student. As I am nearing the end of my studies, I am starting to weight my options for the final "thing", the Master thesis. I already had 2-3 meetings with some ...
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After 3 Years of PhD - problems with University registration - Fight or apply for another PhD

The Main problem is university registration as the process is vital to enroll as a PhD student, so that I can submit my thesis and defend it. Administrative issues here in Germany have prevented me ...
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PhD sanity check on project description and advisor

I'm an industrial PhD student (Europe) and recently I'm finding myself reflecting over some events. As industrial student I'm working for a Company. It is important to note that the Company (...
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Job prospects after completing graduate studies in Geology

Background I am in my mid-30s' and have recently found myself in a dilemma. Around 4 years ago I completed a MSc. (Geology) and two professional courses (in other fields) in Northern America as an ...
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What does it mean “a dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction”? [duplicate]

It appears in thesis, e.g. "A dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics". Does it mean the thesis is OK for a Ph.D, just ...
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Can I get into PhD in Physics with a high GRE score and an unrelated masters degree?

I recently completed my MBA and have worked in the IT field for the last 7 years. I have an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and have completed 3 physics graduate courses (mechanics, E&M, QM) ...
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How to deal with a difficult team supervisor?

I m in the fourth year of my PhD in veterinary sciences in North America. My Research project involves a lot of farm/team work. I have to work with technicians, farm staff, research associates and ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of a PhD advisor who is experienced vs. one at the beginning of his career? [duplicate]

I know in most of the cases, PhD seekers do not have many options and we must stick to what is offered. However, it happened that I initiated connection with two advisors from different institutes ...
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Is it okay for a supervisor to require students to seek permission before publishing?

If I were a PhD student, should I be concerned if my supervisor always requires their permission before I can publish a paper? Under what conditions should I find it acceptable or unacceptable?
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How will my second PhD application be perceived, after abandoning the first?

I'm a second year industrial PhD student in Europe with a PhD contract of 3yrs. Due to certain reasons, our strategic partners have left the project. As a consequence, we are not able to smoothly ...
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Longer PhD with a deeper result vs a shorter PhD with a sufficient result

Some people try to complete their PhD asap, others try to make major breakthroughs. I think these aims are mutually incompatible, one is going against the other. What are pros/cons of each for ...
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Why is it so difficult to find a topic for my thesis research?

I've majored in computer science (BSc: close to MIS, MSc: advanced software engineering), I've worked on dissertations on totally different topics in every stage at college, now I'm planning to do a ...
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Method and content in selecting a social science dissertation project

General question: When working in an area of social science where method matters just as much as content (i.e., theory, question), how does one choose which should be the starting point for a ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD through government/industry/military lab, and if it is, what is the process?

Is it possible to apply for a PhD through a government or a military research laboratory? If so what would be the process? Is the qualifying exam required? How is that scheduled? How about course ...
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Social etiquette for interacting with PhD peers who complain *a lot*

People in my program complain a lot and usually not in good humor. How can I handle this socially and professionally? Some of these people are my friends and some are no more than peers. In general ...
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Which is more impressive — finishing a PhD in 2.5 years or getting more research done?

I am working on a PhD in chemical engineering, and my advisor mentioned to me today that I'm on track to finish in about half a year. I only have one class left to fulfill the course requirements and ...
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Pros and cons on working in an industrial research lab without a PhD

I am from engineering, and I would like to know if I am able to find a job in industrial research lab after finishing my master, will there be any advantage or disadvantage compared with entering the ...
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As a Ph.D. student, should I spend time reviewing papers?

I am a PhD student halfway through my journey. After I published a few papers, I am getting review requests from some medium rank conference and journal editors. While certainly it is an honour for me,...
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Why do PhD students complain so much? [closed]

This question has two parts. First, a comparative question. Second, a broad question about why PhD students get so stressed and complain so much. Do PhD students complain more than people in other ...
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Trying other PhD opportunities while accepting an offer from my master supervisor?

I will finish my master study soon, and my master supervisor is happy about my work and would like to give me an offer of PhD. I am also happy on this, but I really want to try other opportunities. ...
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Is it a violation of copyright if I draw and publish a figure very similar to another person's published figure?

I am pursuing a PhD (computer science) from one of the reputed Indian universities. I have prepared some white papers for publication in coming journals. I prepared these papers by myself. I referred ...
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How many times is OK to register for a PhD program?

I started a PhD program few years ago. My first PhD supervisor decided he wanted to quit university and stopped supervising PhDs (he was 70 years old). I lost about a year trying to convince this ...
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Publishing PhD thesis at another university due to not being able to afford high publishing costs?

Would it ever occur, historically, that a PhD student could not obtain his degree from a university due to the high costs of publishing his thesis, such that he would have to publish it at another ...
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Is it possible for me to apply for a student and working visa to obtain a post-graduate degree?

I am an HND degree holder and I want to know the chances I have to fund my tuition and my expenses if I apply for a student/working visa from Nigeria and what is the duration?
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Does a PhD student need a co-supervisor?

I am a few months into my PhD and my supervisor and co-supervisor are close friends. Unfortunately, I find that my co-supervisor is not useful – he doesn’t provide any help or input into my project. ...
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How can I move from chemical engineering into drug discovery?

My situation is as follows: I have already obtained a master in chemical engineering and my thesis is about drug delivery. I would like to continue my graduate study for a PhD, but as time goes by, I ...
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PhD opportunities in Spring in US universities

I am facing a dilemma regarding whether or not to apply for Spring for PhD programs at some universities in US. What are the pros and cons of applying for PhD or MS programs in Spring?
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publishing papers vs. receiving Masters/PhD

I'm a software engineer with several years of industry experience. If I got involved part-time in a research team and collaborate with them to publish several papers. Practically speaking what's the ...
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Life as a master student vs PhD student

There's something I am not able to understand. I'm a CS master student in Germany. Now I'm doing my master thesis. Before starting my thesis I had an image about PhD students which turned out to be ...
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Why do PhD take so long in the USA? [duplicate]

(When I finished my computer Sci degree, I decided not do as PhD as I believed that in order to get a programmer position, most employers valued 3 years more experience as a programmer greater then a ...
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What should I do if an admissions office asks me for a bachelor's thesis, when my program didn't require it?

I recently applied to a university for a PhD program.They asked me to submit all of my documents.When I submitted my documents they asked for my Bachelors thesis. There is no Bachelors thesis or ...
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Why did my professor criticize my performance indirectly?

I'm an international graduate student studying theoretical physics in a US university, and I'm in my 4th year of PhD study and plan to graduate at the end of the 5th year. Yesterday, I heard something ...
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Should academics allow student to submit a possibly flawed paper?

I let a student associated with me (but who is not really my PhD student) submit a paper to a fairly-local meeting (some people do come from abroad). Because I'd been tasked with supporting the ...
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What time of day should I schedule my thesis defense?

With apologies for the attention-grabbing title: of course I am not actually asking you to tell me when I, specifically, should schedule my defense. But I have heard very plausible-sounding rumors ...
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How to start an official email to a professor [duplicate]

I want to send an email to a professor to inform him that I want to accept the offer of PhD admission and Research assistantship. But I do not know how to start email. Is the following good? if not, ...
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How do you know the project you are working on is worthy of a PhD dissertation. How does it differ from MS dissertation

I am speaking of project scope here. So suppose my advisor is working with an industry .And you are asked to build a prediction model for small section of that industry? Does that qualify as a Phd ...

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