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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.

Your question is predicated on the largely false assumption that there are detailed, sentence-level rules about what is and is not accepted in "academic writing". There are no such rules. Writing is …
answered Jun 21 '17 by David Richerby
A PhD is not like an undergraduate degree where you can do a bit of this, a bit of that, add up your scores and get your final grade. It's about doing research in a fairly narrow area, leading to … writing a focused thesis on a particular topic. Spending, say, a year doing electrical engineering would normally give you almost nothing that would be useful towards a PhD in mathematics, and vice-versa …
answered Jun 25 '14 by David Richerby
my PhD", then it only needs to include work that is related and which was published before you started your PhD. …
answered Jan 26 '16 by David Richerby
new thesis, your degree would be revoked if they ever found out. Furthermore, there are more requirements to earning a PhD than just presenting a dissertation. You're not going to be able to register … as a student and submit a pre-prepared dissertation the next day. And, anyway, what's the point? A PhD is generally treated as a level of achievement, rather than a quantity of achievement. Getting …
answered Mar 10 '18 by David Richerby
You don't mention a jurisdiction, so I get to choose. What you're suggesting would be illegal in Germany. In Germany, PhD students are employees. First, it is illegal in the EU to select employees … focused on academic research in whatever specific subfield of whatever field of whatever subject they did their PhD in. They will be lonely and have no interests outside the lab/office. That is the exact opposite of "well rounded". …
answered Oct 9 '16 by David Richerby
A thank-you card would be perfect, or even just saying thank you. There isn't a strong culture of giving thank-you gifts in the UK so your professor won't expect one and certainly won't feel that you …
answered Oct 8 '14 by David Richerby
Short answer: it looks ilke it, yes. I don't know where you are in the world but, when I've looked at academic jobs sites in the UK and USA, there have always been lots of ads looking for people to de …
answered Feb 20 '14 by David Richerby
researchers in your field and learn about what other people are doing. However, most PhD students have very limited funding to go to conferences: in the departments I've worked in, it's typically been …
answered Jul 26 '15 by David Richerby
Ask your advisor – it's literally their job to give you advice! In particular, they know your situation much better than we do, so they can give much better advice about how much time you should be sp …
answered Mar 4 '18 by David Richerby
collaborator. Also, if your collaborator is an established researcher, they might be being a little impatient with you and forgetting that, as a brand new PhD student, it's going to take you a little …
answered Nov 9 '17 by David Richerby
university. But it is the minimum level required for most UK PhD programmes. Given that, any admissions committee is going to want to see evidence of improvement through your master's but you seem to have … ; applying for a PhD is not a good way to ask for a third. You're competing against people whose grades are well above average and you don't mention anything in your post that compensates for that. If you …
answered May 21 '15 by David Richerby
Just ask, using polite words. You're over-thinking this.
answered Aug 3 '16 by David Richerby
What field are you in? In mine (theoretical computer science), conference papers get rejected all the time: the better conferences tend to have acceptance rates of around 25-35%, and acceptance or rej …
answered Jul 27 '15 by David Richerby
Not being affiliated with an organization such as the IEEE or ACM is not, on its own, a bad sign. For example, what is currently the IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity has decided to end its …
answered Jul 24 '14 by David Richerby
It is completely normal to get people who will be involved with the project to help write the grant. The PI is not going to just take your text and copy-paste it into their proposal without reading it …
answered Sep 23 '18 by David Richerby

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