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  • How long does it take to get a PhD after a master’s degree? Data from Europe

    Most European universities require a master’s degree to enter a PhD program. This is one of the fundamental differences to the US system. It also tends to result in less coursework for PhD students in Europe. It raises one fundamental…

  • How many people have a PhD? Data from OECD countries

    When working in academia, it is easy to forget how rare it is to have a PhD. However, data show that only a very small percentage of people hold a PhD degree. Learn more about the percentages of PhD holders,…

  • The best answers to “What are your plans after graduation?”

    If you are nearing the end of your degree, few questions are more annoying or nerve-wracking than “What are your plans after graduation?”. However, with a bit of preparation, you can offer a swift response, regardless of whether you have…

  • Completing a master’s degree: What’s next? How to devise a plan for the future

    Nearing the end of a master’s programme comes with big life decisions. What’s next? After spending several years in higher education, this question can be challenging. Nonetheless, having a plan for the future is crucial. A list of concrete questions…

  • The best Coursera courses for PhD researchers in 2023

    Online courses can greatly benefit PhD students. However, the vast number of available courses can be overwhelming and makes it hard to choose. Therefore, this list contains the best online courses provided on Coursera that are relevant to PhD researchers…

  • How to write a winning motivation letter for a master’s scholarship

    Motivation letters play a crucial role in applications for scholarships that fund a master’s degree. Find out why motivation letters for master’s scholarships are unique, and learn the dos and don’ts of writing a winning motivation letter. Contents Why motivation…

  • 10 amazing benefits of getting a PhD later in life

    There is no age limitation to getting a PhD. In fact, getting a PhD later in life has a lot of advantages. Older PhD students tend to master the ups and downs of doing a PhD better than those who…

  • 9 smart questions to ask a professor about graduate school

    When exploring options to attend graduate school, you may have the opportunity to talk to a professor. For instance, as part of a prospective graduate school visit. Or as part of an application interview. The professor could be your potential…

  • 10 reasons NOT to do a master’s degree

    Master Academia specifically targets master’s students. However, one decision before becoming a master’s student should not be disregarded: whether or not to do a master’s degree. There are good reasons to earn a master’s degree, for instance right after graduation.…

  • Hidden gems: 3 free apps every PhD researcher should know about

    Some mobile and web applications distract PhD students from their work. Others, however, can considerably enrich a PhD journey. The three mobile and/or web applications R Discovery, Owlstown and LastPass provide exceptional value to postgraduate students. Free of charge! While…

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