A PhD, also known as a Doctor of Philosophy degree, is a doctorate awarded by a university to the academic who has met all necessary qualifications and can now be considered a doctor in his or her academic field.
A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a postgraduate degree that is awarded after the completion of challenging coursework and research. Many programs take around three to four years to complete, and graduates often find careers in research or academia.
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PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3 to 3.5 years (full-time) or 6 to 6.5 years (part-time). [+]