What is a Phd Degree?

A PhD is a postgraduate doctoral degree, awarded to students who complete an original thesis offering a significant new contribution to knowledge in their subject. PhD qualifications are available in all subjects and are normally the highest level of academic degree a person can achieve.

Universities now offer flexible learning in how and what your PHD is taken in. Popular PHd majors include Economics, Science Education, English, Business, Communications, Psychology and Accounting. Other majors include:

  • Phd in Engineering
  • Phd in Commerce
  • Phd in Philosophy
  • Phd in Medicine
  • Phd in Sociology
  • Phd in Physics
  • Phd in Criminal Justice

Why Should I get a Phd’s Degree?

PhD vs doctorate

First thing’s first: what’s the difference between a ‘PhD’ and a ‘doctorate’? Nothing.
A doctorate is a qualification you graduate with a doctoral degree. To qualify for one you need to produce advanced work that makes a significant new contribution to your chosen discipline.

The PhD research process – what’s involved?
Unlike Masters courses, your PhD is a pure research degree. But that doesn’t mean you’ll spend three years locked away. Today a PhD is a diverse and varied qualification with many different components.

A typical PhD normally involves:

  • Carrying out a literature review
  • Conducting original research and collecting your results.
  • Producing a thesis that presents your conclusions.
  • Writing up your thesis and submitting it as a dissertation.
  • Defending your thesis in an oral viva voce exam.