Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by muhammad_alhor, Nov 9, 2005.
In general, which degree is better (has more reputition)
PhD or Doctor of Science?
Everything else being equal -- it really depends on whether the D.Sc. in question is a higher doctorate at the university in question, or whether or not it's a standard doctorate. IMO.
IMHO, in general, I would say the PhD has a better reputation simply due of recognition.
Most people know what a PhD is, but the same is not true of the DSc.
In the USA, most schools call the research doctorate "PhD." A few, however, call the same degree, when earned in science or engineering, the DSc (in the past, MIT did, I think, and in the distant past, so did Johns Hopkins, I think). The PhD and DSc are the same level, from American schools. In the UK, however, the DSc is very often a higher degree than the PhD. The DSc in the UK is typically awarded in recognition of a distinguished body of publications spanning years, and typically, but by no means always, is awarded to people who already have a PhD.
Which is weird because the Doctor of Arts means something completely different!
Thank you all
In the UK and some commonwealth countries the DSc is often an honorary degree. For example see http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/staffHandbook/honDeg.htm
Ask Doctor Science!
George Washington University still does this as well.
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