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Any point in getting that PhD?

  1. Mar 30, 2012 #1
    For the longest time, I've wanted to get a PhD in physics, because I just found everything involving it facinating. I found both the microscopic and the macroscopic worlds it describes very interesting. In light of my academic progress in maths, I don't appear to be getting it, despite my efforts, and wonder if it I should even attempt it.

    Care to share your tales of gallantry and woe in pursuing this quest?
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  3. Mar 30, 2012 #2


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    The real question to ask yourself is why do you want a PhD? I'm a biologist and I'm hoping to start a PhD later this year (got a place just need the funding). I completed my BSc and MSc and want to continue to a PhD because I love research and want to have an academic career in regenerative medicine research. For that a PhD is a logical step.

    There are many reasons not to do a PhD; if you want a Monday-Friday 9-5 job where you can go in, do a bit of science or engineering and go home then a PhD isn't for you. If you want to earn lots of money and have a good social life then a PhD isn't for you. If you want a PhD because you find a subject interesting then a PhD maybe isn't for you (you have to really care to want to spend so much time and energy).

    So that's it really, why do you want a PhD?
  4. Mar 30, 2012 #3
    A PhD is a 3+ years training course to become a researcher.

    If you don't want to be a researcher, don't do a PhD
  5. Apr 3, 2012 #4
    Disagree with that statement. Physics Ph.D.'s can make either decent or outstanding amounts of money. If you want to maximize income with minimal effort, there are better ways, but having a Ph.D. isn't a permanent vow of poverty.

    Also, "good social life" depends on what you mean by good social life. If you are a hyper-geek that likes to stick together with other hyper-geeks, then Ph.D.'s are good. Anyone that gets a Ph.D. has to be a little crazy, and good things happen when Ph.D.'s get together.
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