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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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At US universities, it typically doesn't work that way. The department usually doesn't think of having specific PhD positions that have to be filled. Rather, admissions is done on a department-wide …
answered Apr 15 '16 by Nate Eldredge
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Don't overthink this. It sounds like he's just showing a friendly interest in your plans. No matter how "good" you are, graduate admissions always has some degree of uncertainty, and so everybody sh …
answered Dec 6 '18 by Nate Eldredge
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transcript from your previous PhD program. (Actually, it's usually required that you get the university to send it directly.) …
answered Jan 30 '16 by Nate Eldredge
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I don't know how lecturers are paid in your education system. In most cases, pay does not depend on number of students. You are probably right that the lecturer doesn't have a direct financial inter …
answered Nov 13 '14 by Nate Eldredge
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No, I don't think it's a good idea, for reasons that vary with the student's status. Current students: by releasing information about a student's work in progress, you make it easier for some other …
answered May 9 '15 by Nate Eldredge
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It varies dramatically, by university, field, and country. It can be any of: There is a fixed curriculum that everyone takes There are a few required courses and the student can choose the rest The …
answered Apr 16 '13 by Nate Eldredge
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Unfortunately, no, it's not so easy to change PhD programs. It isn't like changing your undergrad major, where you just have to fill out some forms and get your advisors to sign off. At the … -level computational courses (calculus, differential equations, etc) to upper-level theory courses (real analysis, abstract algebra, topology). Entering a PhD program having only the former kind of …
answered Jun 25 '14 by Nate Eldredge
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No, there are no general worldwide standards, other than "the examiners should be satisfied". Your advisor is probably the best person to answer questions like this for your specific case.
answered May 6 '15 by Nate Eldredge
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Perhaps you should consider not trying to do all the problem sets. If you only spent, say, 20 hours on each problem set, what would the consequences be? Maybe you could still complete 75% of the pro …
answered Oct 1 '15 by Nate Eldredge
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Thanks for adding the text of the message you received. The text makes it clear that this is a rejection, and it should be understood as final. There is no point in following up to try to convince t …
answered Apr 18 by Nate Eldredge
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One possible thing to watch out for: in some departments, graduate students may work as teaching assistants for graduate courses. You should ask not to be assigned to TA courses which your significan …
answered Oct 18 '13 by Nate Eldredge
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If you think it will improve the usefulness of the thesis, and it isn't too much trouble for you, then I'd say by all means go for it. I would not worry about page count. I don't think anyone cares h …
answered Jun 17 '14 by Nate Eldredge
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theses. If I need something from a PhD thesis, my algorithm would be something like this: Look for published papers by the student which discuss the work. Google the student's name and thesis title …
answered May 7 '13 by Nate Eldredge
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No, it is not a good idea to ask your friend to write a letter for you. Recommendation letters for graduate admissions should be written by people experienced within the field, who know you well enou …
answered Oct 5 '14 by Nate Eldredge
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Of course, whether it is a good idea can only be known in hindsight. But many PhD students work as private tutors, so if it sounds interesting to you, you might as well try it. Some things to …
answered Jul 3 '15 by Nate Eldredge

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