Phd vs. DSc

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  1. muhammad_alhor

    muhammad_alhor New Member

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    Hi all,

    In general, which degree is better (has more reputition)

    PhD or Doctor of Science?

    Thanks
     
  2. Guest

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    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.
     
  3. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

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    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.
     
  4. gasbag

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    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.

    gasbag
     
  5. nosborne48

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    Which is weird because the Doctor of Arts means something completely different!
     
  6. muhammad_alhor

    muhammad_alhor New Member

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    Thank you all
     
  7. Ian Anderson

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    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
     
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    Ask Doctor Science!

    George Washington University still does this as well.

    -=Steve=-
     

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