the highest degree, a doctorate, awarded for graduate study in an academic field.
a person who has been awarded this degree.
- Also called Ph.D. [pee-eych-dee] /ˈpiˌeɪtʃˈdi/
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British Dictionary definitions for Doctor of Philosophy
a doctorate awarded for original research in any subject except law, medicine, or theology: Abbreviation: PhD, DPhil
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