Faire un master/PhD

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Gegeleblond

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French - France
Hi there !

Is it proper to say "I 'm doing a master's degree in Mathematics and I would like to do a PhD" ?

My hesitation is about the verb, "to do".

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Gegeleblond

    Member
    French - France
    Thanks a lot but I forgot to ask something else : may I say "I' m doing a Mathematics master's degree" or have I only to say "I'm doing a master's degree in Mathematics"?
     

    Padraig

    Senior Member
    Hiberno-English, Irish Gaelic
    I'm doing a master's degree in Mathematics or, a bit more usual: I'm doing a master's in Mathematics.

    I' m doing a Mathematics master's degree seems very awkward to me.
     

    Padraig

    Senior Member
    Hiberno-English, Irish Gaelic
    Padraig, why did you write 's after master? I would have written I'm doing a master in Mathematics. Is there something understood that I'm not seeing?
    Because master's is a shortened form of master's degree. So it's exactly what you supposed: something understood (degree) that you were not seeing.

    As Gegeleblond also mentioned a PhD, I will add that it is less usual to say doctor's for doctor's degree. You might say PhD or you might say doctorate.
     
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