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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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Would it be a waste of time to apply to a lecturer position in my school at a different department after PhD?

I would like to apply to some lecturer positions after my graduation which is in August. My school happened to open a new position as lecturer in another department that I am not familiar with ...
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Trouble handling simultaneous PhD application in two different teams of the same institute

So, there are team A and team B of the same institute and I have been interested in both since I started looking for a PhD, especially in team B. I have been writing an application for team B but had ...
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Part time MPH degree while doing full time PhD

I will be joining a full-time PhD program in North America in August (physical and biological sciences). While my PhD topic is my principal interest, I'm also interested in public health and health ...
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Ask professor for recommendation after long period without contacting them

So I'm currently in my final year of an undergraduate, intergrated Master's program at a British university and I'll be applying for PhD programs in the Fall. Over the summer of June 2017 - August ...
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I have to enter term type of universities I attended, but my country doesn't follow credit hour system

I'm applying to Ph.D. programs, and the online application asks me to enter the college's term system. They write that "Term system refers to the type of hours your credits are worth, not the length ...
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Completing a Microbiology PhD in a hospital research institute rather than university

I'm considering doing my PhD work in a research institute of a hospital which is associated with my university (joint appointments). What are some advantages and disadvantages to this? Is it wise to ...
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Masters in physics, wanting to pursue PhD in mathematics — how “best” to proceed?

I am currently about two semesters away from receiving a Master's of Science in physics. Originally, I planned on pursuing a PhD in physics, but during my studies, I have learned that there is just ...
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Canadian Ph.D. for a master of engineering science degree holder without transcript

I am master of engineering science graduate from Malaysia and here, the M.Sc. doesn't have any course work so it is pretty much like a 2 years Ph.D. thus I don't have any transcript or what-so-ever, ...
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What all should be included in a motivation letter for PhD in Geology?

What all should be added in a motivation letter for a PhD in Geology? Should I write about: My M.Sc project? My schooling? My hobbies? How I got interested in that particular topic? What can I do ...
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Would getting an MA at a less-than-prestigous school hurt my chances of getting into a prestigious PhD program?

I'm an economics student who hopes to one day get a PhD. Before doing so, I'd like to get a Master's, both as a way of improving my strength as an applicant and to get a feel for grad school before ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD in ML or AI while in industry, sponsored by a company, or for a company?

I'm due to finish my MSc in CS within a few months and have a key focus on ML and AI research. The problem I'm currently facing is I have no idea where to go from here. I've seen that the vast ...
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PhD interview question: BSc dissertation/'thesis'

My BSc dissertation was basically a literature review of Sean Carroll lecture notes on general relativity. I got a first in this, and was offered PhD interviews with the supervisors being aware of ...
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FZ grade and PhD application

I am graduate of Toronto University. In my master program, I, unfortunately, fail an elective course. I took an extra course to offset the credit and I pass.My overall grade is A- (except for the FZ ...
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Applying to transfer to a different PhD in CS program while still enrolled in a PhD program

I am 1.5 years into my PhD in CS program. I cannot change my program to MS since I already have a masters. My research interests have been diverging from my advisor's and he told me that he might find ...
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How do I politely say that I am not applying to my alma mater anymore?

I am a PhD student in Y university in United States and I finished my MS in X university before my PhD. All professors who provided my recommendation letters work for X. Lately, I have been feeling ...
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Changing research field mid Ph.D. vs Leaving Institute with no Ph.D

I am doing my Ph.D. (physics) in a country where there is a countrywide Ph.D. entrance exam. I appeared for the entrance exam and got into (arguably) the best institute in my country. This was 3 years ...
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Can an applicant with undergrad degree from a school that is poorly regarded be seriously considered for admission to PhD at a top business school?

Background: I did not go to college after high school straight away. When I was finally ready (at 26), I enrolled at the infamous University of Phoenix and got to it. This was during the time ...
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Indicate leadership/groupwork in research experience for graduate applications?

For academic CVs, should/how do/how might I indicate leadership/group work when describing certain research projects? Option A: Use words Project A, Subject X11, Date Group Description ...
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Three years gap between Master's and PhD and no article

I found some almost similar questions but the answers didn't help me much. I appreciate if you guide me. I am 31 years old. I have applied for a PhD position (as an international student) in one of ...
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How to judge whether my application for the NSF graduate research fellowship is competitive?

The rules have changed recently, and students can only apply for the fellowship once. I've done some interesting research over the summer with my advisor and we got some interesting results, but I ...
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Is a Master Degree in Data Science helpful for an application for a CS Ph.D. in the future?

My previous educational background is mainly about mathematical/computational finance, however, I would like to apply for a CS Ph.D. in the future. I decided to first apply for a master degree related ...
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Does applying for a PhD program directly make more sense in my case than for a second master program first?

I recently decided to apply for either a Ph.D. or a second-master program in computer science in the US. Educational Background: I earned my undergraduate degrees in economics and mathematics (...
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In a research proposal for a computer science Ph.D. application, should I use the mathematical equations or just text to explain my ideas?

I am writing a research proposal for Ph.D. admission. I am confused as to whether the research proposal for the Ph.D. application should be written like a formal paper. In a formal paper that I submit ...
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How should I tell my PhD advisor that I want join a PhD program at a different university abroad?

I began my PhD in October 2016 following my master's degree. I have been progressing quite well in terms of the work but I want to address and take up some other (but related) problems for my PhD. ...
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Switching university for PhD but staying in the same city

I am currently a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Montreal. I also did my undergraduate studies there. I know it is often frowned upon to do all your graduate studies at the same ...
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How likely is it for an international student to be supported financially during their internship in Austria?

I am a Master's student from Iran. I sent an email to a professor in Austria and asked for a PhD position. He said that he did not have any open position, but if I like, I can go there for an ...
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Relevance of a PhD with a quantitative psychology group for applied math

My background is in mathematics, with a main interest in mathematical statistics / biostatistics, and I am considering applying for a PhD position with a quantitative psychology group. The research ...
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The importance of positive GPA trends in PhD admissions?

For admission committees, how important are the (upward) trends in your GPA and how much will it remedy lackluster performance in the past? Background: I'm an international CS applicant with an ...
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How much an elective course FZ grade impact for PhD application?

My career only goal is to get involved in research (PhD). My previous education, working experience (teaching) and publications help me to get admission in a Master program at a Canadian high ranked ...
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Is it possible to switch from condensed matter theory PhD to high energy theory in postdoc work?

Suppose that my PhD work is on CMT, very field theoretic in techniques. Then, is it possible to work on hep-ph and hep-th areas in postdoc? Is it a lot harder than the opposite way or other people who ...
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how can I ask a professor about funding for master!

I am looking for a master’s position. I emailed a professor and we arranged a meeting on Skype, where he said that he would assess my knowledge and he told me that he will tell me the result afterward....
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First email to potential PhD advisor

I am currently doing a PhD in university X, but I am planning to quit, since I am looking for something more involved in my research interest. Should I mention it in my first email to a potential phd ...
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How much money can you get at Canadian Research universities versus US Research Universities in engineering/CS/Computational biology?

What is the common range of research money can you get at Canadian Research universities versus US Research Universities in engineering/CS/Computational biology? I am asking on some idea from personal ...
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I am close to admission to a PhD program. How should I get a co-supervisor from another school?

I am close to be admitted to a PhD program. How can I get a co-supervisor from another school ? U21 is not the only alternative, but I did explore it. My potential school participates in U21. However, ...
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Prof says he'll write only limited number of recommendations

I have a Master's degree and I am working as a project associate in an university. When I asked the Professor I am working with (PI of my project) for recommendation(for PhD applications) he said that ...
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How should I spend my time as a pre-doctoral fellow?

I have written to my potential PhD supervisor and he has replied that he would be happy to supervise me on a project. I have not applied to the university yet and I think the process will take several ...
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Pros and cons of doing PhD research in an applied math topic at a non-math dept,

What are the pros and cons of doing a PhD in an applied math topic from a non-math dept? Let's say I found PhD programs in a research area that are in aerospace / mechanical engineering departments ...
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Research Training Support Grant

I've managed to secure a National Environmental Research Council (NERC) funded PhD project (I'm a UK resident and student), and understand that the funding comprises of: Tuition fees Stipend ...
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Is it bad if one of my letters of recommendation talks about research when I am applying for a M.Eng. and not a M.S.?

Will the committee reviewing the application think: wow he didn't even tell his professor he is going for a non-thesis degree? I ask because I told one of my professors I was going for a masters and ...
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Is there any Master or Ph.D. programme that involves Mathematics, Philosophy and Biology?

I majored in Business and Economics a few years ago and right now I'm looking for a master or PhD in Mathematics because I am quite passionate about it, but I just don't really know in which program ...
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How to ask for PhD position 1 year after previous application

I applied to a good university in the UK last year for a PhD. I was invited for an interview but withdrew my application because I got another position in a different country where my wife was also ...
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PhD funding with a Pass at Masters?

So, I just finished my Masters at a top University in the UK but I was awarded a Pass. I recently met up with a potential supervisor at another top institution about my proposed topic - and she really ...
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study phd and second master at the same time at same program

I am a phd student at Civil/Structural engineering program outside of Canada but now I want to study second master of Structural engineering (my research area will be difference from my first master) ...
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Applying for Phd of international law

Is it possible to apply for Phd of international law in US or Europe without bachelor's degree of law but graduated in master of international law?
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A methods chapter for a PhD thesis comprising multiple closely tied studies?

You'll notice I have refrained from using "Phd by publication" here, but I think my question might well apply to a PhD by publication, and am happy for my PhD to reside under this category. Basically ...
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How to find a good match for a PhD program based on possible advisors?

After extensive research online, it's clear that possibly the best way to choose a PhD program is to find an advisor first, and worry about the program later. In other words: find someone with whom ...
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How important are GRE Quant scores for a PhD applicant for B-schools?

I will be applying for a PhD in Management and Business in non-Math / economics related topics. I have been out of touch with calculus for a few decades and while I am studying hard, I am not sure ...
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Getting admission in the US after a BSc and MSc from India

Since the US considers BSc and MSc together to be equivalent to a B.Tech degree (or any 4 year degree) how should I report my result? With both degrees from different institutes and in unrelated ...
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Is there any difference between DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) and Ph.D in a Business major?And which is better for future researchers?

What is the main difference between DBA and Ph.D in a business major in terms of course works, study, area of specialization? How these programs relate to future career individually? Does DBA has the ...
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Should I have a recommendation letter form my boss in industry?

Background: In the next few months I will be applying for graduate school for a PhD program (or Master's if I have to go that way first). The degree will be Electrical Engineering focusing on ...