Edited by Ahrenhase, 16 September 2011 - 07:51 PM.
What's the shortest amount of time a PhD can be completed in?
Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:25 PM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:58 PM
It depends on the country, institute or the university....but I think, in a regular program, the shortest would be 3 years...there could probably be exceptions (less than 3 years) but those would be rare and really.... exceptional ....
Considering going for molecular biology, have a couple years lab experience.
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:20 AM
The average time is about 3.5 years.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:22 AM
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...except casandra's that did belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.
Posted 17 September 2011 - 11:30 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 10:37 AM
I finished in 2 years and 9 months. my boss finished 2,5 years. It depends on the country though. I hear many people finish PhD more than 3 years.
Mind to PM me which lab you do your PhD? I thought of joining in the near future...
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 08:35 AM
Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:07 AM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 11:09 AM
In the US PhDs tent to be longer than in EU. To my knowledge in the US your PI decides when you'r ready to defend the thesis while in the EU you have a fixed time to finish.
You forget to mention one big difference: in most european contries you need a mastersdegree to do a PhD....
In usa you dont...
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Posted 13 December 2011 - 02:35 AM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 03:45 AM
Still a rule of thumb for time spent on the different biological degrees here in Europe is: undergrad (with BA or similar) - 3-6 month (although I have not seen many of these people enter a lab during the last 9 years since this degree was introduced at my university); masters degree 1-2 years (depening on PI and time spent on the project by the student - know people who took more than 5 years because they were not focussed on their project);
PhD usually a minimum of 3 years (used to be two years) because of the coursework required- average from what I have seen is 3.5 - 4.5 years again depending on the project, PI and personal motivation of the PhD student. So in total it takes you 4 - 7 years until you get you Master and PhD - which is similar to the US time.
Edit: getting simpler - I think there are too many ways to get through the system without knowing anything afterwards - and always have been. In Austria we have the "problem" that we do not have any restrictions at the universities - so everybody who is qualified to do so can enter every university and study he wants (which is good) but we more or less have the same amount of money, (practical) courses and teachers than 15-20 years ago but more than 10 times as much students. So it is getting easier for the students to hide when they do not know anything.
Edited by gebirgsziege, 13 December 2011 - 03:50 AM.