0

Universities generally have a set of subjects open for doctoral studies. In my own language we call them "forskarutbildningsämnen", which translates as "doctoral education subjects". Now I'm wondering what would be the most common/idiomatic equivalent in BrE – in translations from my own language to English the most common by far is "third-cycle subject", but I have come to understand that this is not widely understood by people in general? Among the alternatives I have thought of myself (PhD subject, doctoral subject, doctoral education subject, and research training subject), it seems that the most common is "PhD subject", followed by "doctoral subject" (using Google Ngram), but perhaps there is another word that I just haven't thought of that is more common? Also, if PhD subject is, indeed, the alternative most commonly used, I'm wondering whether it can still be used about all doctoral education – not only about the kind that leads to a degree of doctor of philosophy?

Note that by "subject" I mean the overall subjects/subject areas within which doctoral students can conduct their studies. For instance, English, comparative literature, physics and so on. So, not the specific topics that a certain doctoral student can write their thesis on.

7
  • 1
    Examples of PhD thesis topics (Cambridge university)
    – Graffito
    Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 22:36
  • 2
    Do you mean fields_of_doctoral_studies ?
    – Graffito
    Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 23:26
  • 1
    There isn't any official term (common of English) but I believe that "areas of active research" captures the idea. Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 23:36
  • 1
    I speak American English and the term "discipline" seems apt, but it has broader application than just to doctoral studies. Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 8:46
  • 1
    In the UK, universities offer "PhD program(me)s" by department (so you could ask "what PhD programs does Imperial College offer?"). "PhD subject" is also common, although it could refer to the specific topic. There's also Academia SE.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 12:40

0

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .