There has been a growing popularity amongst students to pursue their education online, and in particular their PhD. No longer do students, professionals and others need to attend universities anymore, thanks to the many online courses offered around the world by educational institutions to enhance their career prospects. In order to be eligible to undertake a PhD course you must have either a masters degree or in some cases an exceptional bachelor's degree (this all depends on the course and the professor on whether he/she will accept you with a first degree).
However, undertaking a PhD online or by remote learning is no easy task, in fact it can be more difficult than attending a University full time. One thing about completing your PhD online is that there is no real face to face contact with your professor, which can make it difficult to build a close working relationship with you and him/her, something that would normally be the case if you were seeing your professor regularly by attending University.
Another potential downside of studying for your PhD remotely is that it could be difficult to motivate yourself to complete your research. Depending on what type of person you are, working alone might even suit you better, but for the majority of us out there we need the firm hand and pressure of a professor pushing us in order to motivate us forward.
Here are some more differences that should consider before undertaking an online PhD over studying at University for a PhD:-
1). While the distant learning PhD might require the student to attend university a certain amount of times per year - an online PhD allows you to complete the whole course in the comfort of your home, normally at a time that suits you.
2). Whilst undertaking a online PhD, you can self schedule your own exams at a time that suits you, unlike attending university for your PhD.
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