Forum:Looking for a CS PhD Program + tips
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Hi everyone,

I'm an MS CS graduate with a background on software engineering, encryption, and information systems. For my PhD, I'm thinking of applying data science/AI to the sciences. I find bioinformatics aligned to my interests and right now, and I'm doing a self study on bioinformatics and genomics through materials found online. Given the situation, I'm asking if there are programs where there are opportunities to learn the breadth and depth on the fly. At worst, I have to defer my applications for now so I can concentrate on learning the basics first. I believe that getting some breadth and depth will make me more comfortable tackling research problems.

Any tips or suggestions on what to do next and any schools/programs to recommend? I'm only an average student/B student and with that said, I'm not really looking forward to get into the most competitive and/or prestigious programs.

All constructive responses are appreciated. Thanks.

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You can look on findaphd.com & also you already sound like you're doing a lot more than most people, so don't call yourself an average student. Keep your head up, and also if you find a good project always email the supervisor to ask extra questions about it! Good Luck! Amy

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For my PhD, I'm thinking of applying data science/AI to the sciences.

Can you confirm that you are looking specifically at degree programs outside Philippines? One of the practical things you need to keep in mind is you are likely going to pay your own way in terms of tuition/living expenses (at least in the US) for the first year or so. If getting a PhD is your career goal then remain flexible about research subject area. Getting into a PhD program is the biggest hurdle. Don't add additional restrictions (in terms of subject areas) to initially limit your choices.

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Yes, you will likely need a stipend. Throughout Europe, it is common to have PhD-students with a regular employment contract.

See here for PhD options at UiB https://www.uib.no/en/fia/129812/welcome-phd-education-uib or UiO https://www.uio.no/english/research/phd/. These pay quite ok even compared to the high cost of living, so at least you won't have financial concerns.

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Yes, I'm looking for opportunities outside the Philippines.

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