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Programs Phd without the need of a master degree

  1. Jan 29, 2013 #1


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    Do some of you got a Phd without a Master?
    I have a professor that only have a phd and 3 posdoc. How this works and how hard it is? And, if you know, what kind of institute or which contry have this kind of program?
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  3. Jan 29, 2013 #2
    Most physics graduate programs in the US go from B.S. to PhD program. They may or may not give you a master degree along the way.

    A terminal master's degree (one that is not gotten along the way to a PhD) is generally set up to be practical and give you industry or employment skills. It does not focus on research like a PhD does. A PhD is about doing research and it need not have anything to do with industry or employment skills.
  4. Jan 29, 2013 #3


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    PhD programs in the US will admit you with a bachelors degree. The first few years of the program are spent taking the masters coursework, and often doing a masters thesis and/or qualifying exam, before proceeding to the PhD. At this point, some schools grant a masters degree, and some don't. You can't skip the masters work, but that doesn't mean you get a masters degree. Once you earn a PhD, it doesn't matter. If you drop out early, it sucks.
  5. Jan 29, 2013 #4


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    When I was in grad school (U of Michigan) I picked up a M.S. while I was in the Ph.D. program, simply by filing an application and paying a small fee after I had a certain number of hours of graduate-level coursework. That was 35 years ago, maybe it's different now.
  6. Jan 29, 2013 #5


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    In Canada, for example admission to MSc programs from BSc programs is much more common and the MSc can be a much more research-oriented degree compared to various course-based MSc programs.

    Once admitted, students can either defend the MSc or apply for direct admission into the PhD program after about a year as an MSc candidate. Usually it's only the stronger candidates who jump right into the PhD.
  7. Jan 30, 2013 #6
    In Asia If you have at least 8 Credit in courses then you directly go for PhD.otherway you need to do Masters.
  8. Jan 30, 2013 #7
    That is how my university works today.
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