Doctorate Degrees and PhD Programs

Doctorate Degrees and PhD Programs

In most countries, a doctorate or PhD is the highest level of formal education or research available in a given field. A doctorate will suit you if you have a sufficient interest within a given discipline; and if you have a curious and dedicated nature. What you need to remember if you are considering studying for your PhD, is that doctors and PhD students will more often than not be required to teach at the university where they are themselves studying and conducting research. A doctorate is the final step toward starting your professional academic career.

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PhD in Textile Engineering, Textile Techniques & Materials Engineering
Technical University of Liberec
Doctorate / PhD
Liberec, Czech Republic
Graduates of this PhD program gain a deep understanding of the field, enabling them to conduct creative and scientific work. They...
PhD in Tools and Processes
Tomas Bata University in Zlin
Doctorate / PhD
Zlin, Czech Republic
Doctoral studies in the program in process engineering specializes in tools and processes, and is designed for independent research activities in...
PhD Multimedia and Design
Tomas Bata University in Zlin
Doctorate / PhD
Zlin, Czech Republic
This doctoral study program in multimedia and design place a strong emphasis on creating teams to tackle complex tasks. Teamwork in...
PhD Neuroscience
Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine
Doctorate / PhD
Nicosia, Cyprus
The program promotes excellence and educates students on the significant issues in neuroscience. The challenging curriculum includes mandatory courses which...
PhD Program
Maastricht School of Management - MSM
Doctorate / PhD
Maastricht, Netherlands
MsM’s PhD program is growing in demand. With more than 150 doctoral students from across the world tackling the immense...
PhD Programme in Management and Business Administration
Corvinus University - Faculty of Business Administration
Doctorate / PhD
Budapest, Hungary
The PhD programme in Management and Business Administration aims to prepare students to carry out high quality research in management...
PhD Studies in Economics, Finance and Management (EFM)
Cracow University of Economics (Krakow)
Doctorate / PhD
Krakow, Poland
Cracow University of Economics offers new, innovative part time Ph.D. Studies in Economics, Finance and Management (EFM).   These studies,...
Physical Chemistry Doctor’s Degree
Beijing University of Chemical Technology - BUCT
Doctorate / PhD
Beijing, China
Beijing University of Chemical Technology offers a Physical Chemistry Doctor's Degree programme....
Polymer Chemistry and Physics Doctor’s Degree
Beijing University of Chemical Technology - BUCT
Doctorate / PhD
Beijing, China
Beijing University of Chemical Technology offers a Polymer Chemistry and Physics Doctor's Degree programme....
Research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, ProfD)
Glasgow Caledonian University
Doctorate / PhD
Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Caledonian University has about 900 FTE (full time equivalent) postgraduate students, including 25% in research and 75% in taught...
Sustainability PhD
Rochester Institute of Technology
Doctorate / PhD
Rochester, United States of America
Through this PhD, students will gain advanced skills and knowledge in sustainable production systems, namely alternative energy development, sustainable mobility,...
Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology Doctoral
Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology - Brno
Doctorate / PhD
Brno, Czech Republic
The Doctoral Study Programme at the Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology Brno in the Czech Republic is taught through...
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The best known example of the doctorate degree is the PhD - Doctor of Philosophy. Depending on where you study, you may encounter many variations on what a doctorate entails, what is required and what the aim of you studies is. In general however it can be said that most doctorate degrees are based around the requirement of conducting qualified and original research fit to be published in a recognized research journal.

Doctorates can be loosely qualified in the four following cateogies: Research Doctorate, Higher Doctorate, Professional Doctorate and Honorary Doctorate.

Research Doctorates / PhD

Being awarded a research doctorate requires original research of sufficient quality to be publishable in peer-referred academic journal. Some universities require actually being published, while others merely require the sufficient standard of research. The Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD as it is commonly referred to is the most common and well known version of this degree throughout the world.  

The research requirement covers the submission of a substantial body of research by the candidate. This may take the form of either a single dissertation or thesis, or otherwise may also be comprised of several smaller project reports. Assessment is generally conducted by a small committee of examiners appointed by the university.

The layout of PhD programs or research doctorates vary from country to country. In some countries, such as the United States it is also common with a taught component as part of completing the Doctorate or PhD requirement. The minimum time requirement also varies from as little as three years, while some take up to ten years to complete their degree.

Higher Doctorates

Higher doctorates are a higher tier of research doctorates awarded for exceptional research in some countries such as the UK, Ireland and some Scandinavian and socialist block countries. Examples of higher doctorates to be awarded are Doctore of Sciences (DSc/ScD) and Doctor of Letters (Dlitt/LittD) in the UK and Ireland along with Doctors of theology, law or medicine awarded in for exaple Denmark.

Professional Doctorates

Professional doctorates are commonly awarded not for academic research, but for a profession within law, medicine, theology or pharmacy for example.

Professional doctorate can also be used when referring to research doctorates that deal with applied research, which is used for professional purposes.

Honorary Doctorates

Honorary doctorates are awarded by universities to formally recognize someone's outstanding contributions to a particular field or philanthropic efforts. In this case the university waives the formal requirements for awarding the doctorate degree.