How long does it take to achieve a phd in zoology?

On the internet it says 4 years for a bachelors degree, then another 3 years for the masters and then another 4 years to get a phd so that's 11 years. But I've always heard that it takes 8 years for a phd and it just doesn't sound right.

4 Answers

  • eri
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    A bachelors is 4. A masters is another 2-3 depending on the requirements of the specific program and school. A PhD is another 2-8 years after that. The PhD is a research degree - it depends on many factors, most of which cannot be predicted ahead of time. Your motivation (will you work 60+ hours a week if necessary? Will you get up at 2 am to go back to the lab? etc), the school, your adviser, your program, and most importantly, your research project. Many things can get in the way of you finishing an original, publishable research project. That's why a PhD can take a very long time. Being done early does NOT mean you're smarter, have a better project, or are more employable (often taking longer means more publications and better job opportunities).

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  • Eve
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It is not necessary to have a masters before doing a PhD. In fact many 4 year PhDs are a combination with masters. If you already have a masters then your PhD may only last 3 years.

  • David
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Generally 8-10 years total.

  • 8 years ago

    Four years for a bachelor's

    Three to five years for a Ph.D., depending on how long it takes for you to finish your dissertation research, write it up and defend it.

    You do not need to earn a master's before starting a Ph.D. program.

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