Phd vs. DSc

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by muhammad_alhor, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. muhammad_alhor

    muhammad_alhor New Member

    Hi all,

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

    PhD or Doctor of Science?

  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    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

    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

    gasbag New Member

    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.

  5. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

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

    muhammad_alhor New Member

    Thank you all
  7. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    In the UK and some commonwealth countries the DSc is often an honorary degree. For example see
  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Ask Doctor Science!

    George Washington University still does this as well.


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