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Is it bad to do a PhD because you want to put Dr in front of your name?

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    (Original post by funsongfactory)
    The government choose who gets knighted or whatever, the Queen has no say in it, she just does the ceremonial bit.
    So just like everything else then - the Queen just sits there and looks pretty
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    (Original post by I Kant Spall)
    Not funny. :sad:
    I'm a spelling nazi, but that emoticon was deftly employed. Consider my heartstrings tugged.
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    (Original post by thegodofgod)
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    (Original post by thegodofgod)
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    I have said "I'll have to do a PhD, I don't want to end up being a 50 year old 'Miss Fahren'..." a few times before, but it's only joking, if I do do one, that won't be the reason.
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    (Original post by InfinitelyVixey)
    I have said "I'll have to do a PhD, I don't want to end up being a 50 year old 'Miss Fahren'..." a few times before, but it's only joking, if I do do one, that won't be the reason.
    :holmes:

    If you married someone with the surname 'Heit' and got a double-barrelled surname, it could end up being 'Fahren-heit' :ahee:
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    I don't think there's anything wrong with being driven by that desire. Although I highly doubt that's enough to drive you through 3+ years or hard grind to achieve the PhD. You definitely need a strong passion for your subject, for research in general, for publishing, etc.

    I would say this though... the vast majority of people don't know or understand what a PhD is and if you introduce yourself as Dr X they will assume you are a medical doctor. And then when you explain that you're not, you're in fact.a.PHD...they usually respond with disappointment. This is a bit of ah insult, as medics essentially just do an undergraduate degree, and a phd is a higher achievement than that.

    So if you think people are going to understand and acknowledge the achievement.of a.PhD, you're in for a disappointment... Unless, of course, you're happy jot to correct then and take the respect they offer when they assume you are a medic.
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    (Original post by InfinitelyVixey)
    I have said "I'll have to do a PhD, I don't want to end up being a 50 year old 'Miss Fahren'..." a few times before, but it's only joking, if I do do one, that won't be the reason.
    Dr. Fahrenheit would be even cooler

    Change your first / middle name to '100 Degrees'

    Dr. 100 Degrees Fahrenheit
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    (Original post by thegodofgod)
    :holmes:

    If you married someone with the surname 'Heit' and got a double-barrelled surname, it could end up being 'Fahren-heit' :ahee:
    That would be awesome..

    It's a bit of an awkward name, my 'aunt' gets people telling her not to get married into my family, because she'd be 'Karen Fahren'...I think she should haha :P
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    (Original post by thegodofgod)
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    :eek: well played sir.
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    PhDs are the real doctors.
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    (Original post by Jeester)
    I'm thinking of doing it for this sole reason.

    I am interested in my course but my main reason is I want to be a docter... and I want to put Dr in front of my name so people give me more respect...

    It would also be cool to be the first Dr in my family.
    Anyone who does a PhD just for the title and to get more respect, doesn't deserve any more respect.
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    (Original post by beepbeeprichie)
    PhDs are the real doctors.
    That's true - normal medical doctors are just honorary doctors.
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    if you want to go through 7 years or so of uni (3/4 years undergrad, 3 years postgrad), become hugely in debt, all for two letter infront of your name, sure...
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    Just cal yourself Dr, no-one will know if your lying
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    (Original post by megfashion)
    if you want to go through 7 years or so of uni (3/4 years undergrad, 3 years postgrad), become hugely in debt, all for two letter infront of your name, sure...
    Most PhD funding (which isn't too difficult to secure) covers fees, research costs, plus a generous stipend.

    So in most cases (win the exception of self-funded), a PhD costs nothing.
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    (Original post by oo00oo)
    Most PhD funding (which isn't too difficult to secure) covers fees, research costs, plus a generous stipend.

    So in most cases (win the exception of self-funded), a PhD costs nothing.
    PhD funding in the Sciences is indeed easier than in the Arts, but it is certainly not easy. Most candidates in the Arts will be self-funded, so the decision to undertake a PhD just for the title is a ludicrous one.
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    I assumed this was the only reason anybody did a PhD
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    (Original post by u02dpb7)
    PhD funding in the Sciences is indeed easier than in the Arts, but it is certainly not easy. Most candidates in the Arts will be self-funded, so the decision to undertake a PhD just for the title is a ludicrous one.
    Seeing as I study Civil and Environmental Engineering the amount of hype about sustainability going around at the moment I doubt finding funding will be much of an issue.

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