• Question: What is PhD?

    Asked by kamilo12 to Kate, Mark U, Tess, Yue on 3 May 2012.
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      Tess Newman answered on 3 May 2012:

      PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy (Yes, it seems odd how it is the wrong way round, but it is taken from the latin – doctor philosophiae). It is another degree you can do after you have completed your first degree, and doesn’t have to be in philosophy! Philosophy is used in a more general way here, meaning love of wisdom. Some PhD’s are are taught and some are research only – like mine!

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      Mark Uphill answered on 4 May 2012:

      Hi kamilo12, Tess’ answer is really good, and I’ll just add a little about what it typically involves. This is usually a series of scientific studies on a particular theme. It often asks for a researcher to first identify what isn’t known in a particular area, and then conduct a study or series of studies designed to examine those questions.