Cath@VWXYNot says that while some who "completed a five, six, or seven-year PhD," might hear of a three-year doctorate "and say 'Well, it clearly must be inferior," that's not necessarily the case. In fact, Cath argues that a three-year PhD program requires that students really buckle down. "I was in the lab full time from the first day of my PhD.

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