Doctor of Philosophy or PhD is a postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities. The academic level known as a PhD or Doctorate of Philosophy varies from country to country. Graduate with a Doctorate of philosophy 's degree is automatically awarded the academic title of doctor. Subjects of a PHD can be philosophy but also theology, law, medicine and in some countries liberal arts as well. Students are usually required to hold a Master's Degree with high academic standing to be considered for a PhD program but often universities admit applicants to these programs on a case-by-case basis. Boys and girls interested becoming men and women with a career as teacher or lecturer tipically decide to start these paths since professors are increasingly being required to have a PhD. The duration of the PhD or Doctor of Philosophy is generally of three academic years but there are programs lasting up to five years.
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