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The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is.

It’s hard to describe it in words.

So, I use pictures.

Read below for the illustrated guide to a Ph.D.


Imagine a circle that contains all of human knowledge:

By the time you finish elementary school, you know a little:


By the time you finish high school, you know a bit more:

With a bachelor’s degree, you gain a specialty:

A master’s degree deepens that specialty:

Reading research papers takes you to the edge of human knowledge:

Once you’re at the boundary, you focus:

You push at the boundary for a few years:

Until one day, the boundary gives way:

And, that dent you’ve made is called a Ph.D.:

Of course, the world looks different to you now:

So, don’t forget the bigger picture:

Keep pushing.

Created by Matt Might.
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3 Responses to 'The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.'

  1. ialexs - August 20th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    thanks for the info & link!
    applied also to every aspect, not only Phd

  2. admin - August 20th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Yep, that’s right. Not only Ph.D.

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