[Owasp-leaders] Pursuing PhD in computer science while working

Abdullahi Arabo abdullahi.arabo at owasp.org
Sun Jul 24 16:03:28 UTC 2016

Hi Ala,
Yes PhD par time is possible in most institutions in the UK. This will be
for a duration of 5years some institutions max6 years.

It will require detication from you but can be worthwhile.

On Saturday, 16 July 2016, Adrian Winckles <adrian.winckles at owasp.org>

> Hi Ala
> I can sort speak on this with a certain competence being an academic in
> the day job without a PhD but coming from a background as an IT
> practitioner I.e I was employed due to my industry skills.
> Part time PhDs are possible at least in the UK , I'm supervising a couple
> of part time phd students. For those doing a part time phd it take 5-6
> years and for the study to be successful the student really needs the phd
> research to be aligned or contribute to their day job.  If it's not in my
> experience it becomes so much harder and the motivation becomes so much
> more difficult for that length of study.  A supporting employer is also a
> must.
> There are different options you could pursue in a part time capacity
> Part time PhD route with MPhil stepping stone
> Professional Doctorate which is based around your professional activities
> PhD by publication so if you're already researching and publishing this
> might be a good option
> As always it's the time angle as you're going to need a good day a week to
> pursue in my opinion
> I'm in the same position as I really need a phd to push my career, some
> funding bodies don't want to know if you don't have those three letters
> even if you have a long track record
> Funding councils want the original PhD and in some cases don't consider
> the prof doc
> Prof doc is good if you're a practitioner and aren't bothered by the
> snobbery of research funding bodies
> PhD by publication seems a popular option if you have a research based
> post already
> There was someone in the OWASP European community, Sweden I think, might
> have been john Wilander? who successfully completed a PHD by publication
> Thats my two pennies worth
> Happy to talk further off list
> Adrian
> Sent from my iPad
> > On 15 Jul 2016, at 22:59, "Ala'a Mubaied" <alaa.mubaied at owasp.org
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > Hello Chapter Leaders.
> >
> > Recently I've been thinking about pursuing my PhD (computer science)
> while working.
> > I've asked various people from school and work and nobody has really
> given me a solid answer. So my question is to you guys: Is it possible to
> pursue PhD part time while working full time?
> > I'm a software engineer and I work between 45-50 hours a week, if I
> consider pursuing my PhD how much effort would I need to put in?
> > Would applying to a UC require a full time schedule ? Which school would
> guys recommend?
> > Sorry about all of these questions but I am really trying to find some
> answers...
> > Why do I want to continue my PhD you ask? Because I want switch to
> academia later on in my career.
> > Any thoughts?
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Dr A Arabo Jr.
OWASP Nigerian Chapter
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