Find your next area of study: Doctorate

One of the highest levels of degrees that can be achieved is a doctorate degree. There are 4 basic lists of doctorate degrees:

  • Professional Doctorates – These doctorate degrees are given to individuals who are focused on primarily on profession over research.
  • Research Doctorates – Usually known as a Doctor of Philosophy or PhD, research doctorates are usually rewarded in recognition of research in academics.
  • Higher Doctorates - A higher doctorate is a series of research degrees that are awarded in numerous countries including Ireland, France and the United Kingdom.
  • Honorary Doctorates - Honorary doctorates are awarded by specific universities who recognize a student’s contribution to a specific field.

Obtaining a Doctorate

Obtaining doctoral degrees are one of the most challenging and intellectual exercises you can work towards. Pursuing this degree requires strict coursework and an abundant amount of in-depth research along with intensive amount of reading. Doctoral studies require prior higher education accomplishments (at the least a bachelor’s degree and at times a master’s degree) as well as a good bit of dedication. Receiving doctorate degrees could take longer than the 4 years needed to receive a bachelor’s degree.


The duration needed to receive a doctorate degree will vary depending on the field of study, university, and decision on studying part-time or full-time. The New York Times reported that doctoral students can take up to over eight years while working towards a doctorate degree. A huge problem that students face is due to the doctoral dissertation which slows most students down along with a few students dropping out. According to The Times, the Council of Graduate Schools which portrays 480 Canadian and United States universities will be studying methods to speed up the process of completing a doctorate degree program.