Definition of Doctor of Philosophy in English:

Doctor of Philosophy

(also PhD, DPhil)


  • 1A doctorate in any faculty except medicine or sometimes theology.

    • ‘For one, we do not require our faculty to have a PhD or even a masters degree.’
    • ‘Originally obtaining a natural sciences degree Gordon went on to obtain a PhD before turning to medicine.’
    • ‘Parveen got a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry from the Regional Engineering College, Tiruchi.’
    • ‘It was made so that the car mechanics of Prague could fix it quickly and get it back in the air, rather than wait for those with a PhD in advanced avionics.’
    • ‘He obtained a PhD in both philology and theology and possessed great knowledge of both the Sami and Finnish languages.’
    • ‘He graduated from Massey University with a PhD in environmental engineering.’
    • ‘Suzanne is completing a PhD in Geography, while Tyler is preparing for graduate school next year.’
    • ‘He is a graduate of Rice University and has a PhD from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature.’
    • ‘Having completed the qualification, she upgraded to a PhD and went to work in the company's head office in Swindon.’
    • ‘Many of those using the service have a range of good qualifications, including one man who had a PhD.’
    • ‘He studied by night to win his qualifications, which include a PhD in time series and analysis.’
    • ‘He wrote a doctoral thesis on differential equations and was awarded his PhD in 1935.’
    • ‘He graduated in 1949 and went on to a DPhil, spending a year out to lecture in pharmacology at Sheffield University.’
    • ‘Encouraged by the late Professor Patrick O'Brien, he gained a PhD in political science.’
    • ‘She had broad-ranging interests, having studied mythology and psychology, in which she gained a PhD.’
    • ‘He was working on his PhD on Punjabi literature in the twentieth century.’
    • ‘It doesn't take a PhD to understand that there is something wrong here and that someone needs to change it.’
    • ‘Over the years, since he did his PhD in the United States, he had become increasingly pious.’
    • ‘He is a former Captain in the Portuguese navy and has a PhD from Durham University in the UK.’
    • ‘Hegarty, who has a physics PhD from Glasgow University, was one of the company's original team of four.’
    degree holder, person with a degree
    1. 1.1A person holding a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
      • ‘Besides there is a large concentration of PhDs and masters degree holders.’
      • ‘With all the Law degrees and PhDs on the documentary subcommittee, one would think the slightest degree of fair and original thinking might shine through.’
      • ‘Meteorologists and PhDs in math and economics helped analyze and model the vast amounts of data that Enron used in its trading operations.’
      • ‘While it is probably true that most of the PhDs will find themselves a job on the basis of their paper qualification, this will be at the expense of those with fewer or lesser degrees.’
      • ‘The number of American PhDs is going down and down.’
      • ‘Of course, precise navigation systems, powerful computer software and several PhDs working full time are part of the formula for success, too.’
      • ‘The fact that there are genuine PhDs at the DI doesn't mean that what they are doing constitutes science at all, much less good science.’
      • ‘Even more revealing is the fact that the majority of engineering PhDs the U.S. produces every year, are foreigners; many from China.’
      • ‘The contributors vary in age from the very senior to recent PhDs.’
      • ‘Prospects for newly minted PhDs in the UK and US aren't great.’
      • ‘In academia we know how hard PhDs have worked to get where they are.’
      • ‘There are way too many PhDs, and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is just clueless.’
      • ‘Some of the higher-level, value-added centres employ several hundred PhDs on one site.’
      • ‘Speaking in the name of all of the dozens of new PhDs was an Arab student.’
      • ‘As bright as the hybrid team was (with an unprecedented seven PhDs on board), members didn't pretend to have all the answers.’
      • ‘The hybrid team was packed with PhDs, but for all of their technical prowess, the brainiacs had one weakness: little launch experience.’
      • ‘It's true that real research projects take time - you're never going to get well-trained chemistry PhDs out the door in two and a half years.’
      • ‘He also seeks out new PhDs and advanced graduate students as reviewers to supplement the perspectives of distinguished senior contributors.’
      • ‘With the time investment required to become a PhD, we cannot now make up for the supply shortage in faculty.’
      • ‘How refreshing to read about a British rather than an American PhD.’