I'm translating a template for a job application, and now I'm stuck on the following sentence:

Any expert opinion regarding your doctoral thesis should be included with the application

Does the reference to "expert opinion" make any sense? Or should I phrase it differently? If so, how? I'm thinking about the kind of written statement/assessment you may get from the review board or some other expert in connection to your public defence.

  • It seems to me that you have already written what you mean: “documents accepted by the board in reviewing or assessing the dissertation.” I doubt there is any term of art that abbreviates this. Furthermore, “expert opinion” is a vague term. Jun 27, 2021 at 18:18
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    Can you please clarify: Is this for people with Phds getting a job? If that is so, I most definitely would use: opinion from an expert in the field. Of course, you can say "if you any etc." in English but here that style would not be good.
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 14:22
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    I would think what is being requested here is a brief appraisal by a subject-matter expert, that is, someone who is recognized in the field of study covered by your thesis.
    – RobJarvis
    Jun 28, 2021 at 14:45
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    I have given my answer but the opinion of a subject-matter [RobJarvis]expert is good too. appraisal is not good. appraisal sounds like real estate to me.
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 15:03
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    In light of others' comments, I think maybe "evaluation" or "review" would be a better word choice than "appraisal".
    – RobJarvis
    Jun 28, 2021 at 18:01

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An opinion from an expert in the field

Phd and letters of recommendation

  • Thank you – a letter of recommendation is something else entirely though, viz a letter explaining why a candidate is particularly suited for a specific job or position, right? What I'm after is simply a written statement expressing an expert opinion on a doctoral thesis.
    – Helen
    Jun 28, 2021 at 10:36
  • This is not about a specific job or position. It is about why the candidate is suited for admission to the PhD program, which means to be suited to study and write papers in a particular field. It would be good to know the language and the country by the way. I happen to be a translator myself with 35 yrs. of experience across a number of subject areas.
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 13:12
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    @Helen Things are still not completely clear. According to normal academic usage in the U.S., if someone has a PhD, they will have written a dissertation rather than a doctoral thesis. Someone applying to enter a doctoral program will thus not have a doctoral dissertation to be evaluated. They may have a master’s thesis to be evaluated. Jun 28, 2021 at 19:38
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    Moreover, this thread started with a question about “expert opinion,” a term that I have heard primarily in a legal context rather than an academic context. I like Lambie’s answer (and have upvoted it), but given the actual context, I would modify it to “academically recognized expert” Jun 28, 2021 at 19:42
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    @Helen See dissertationteam.com/blog/thesis-vs-dissertation Jun 30, 2021 at 20:20

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