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Old 02-17-2011, 09:33 PM
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Hi,
I'm currently in a PhD program in molecular biology that focuses on microbiology. Due to multiple factors, I want to downgrade to a Masters instead. I know I won't be running a lab or teaching, but are there decent jobs to be found for a masters degree in molec. bio? I'm also considering employment in the UK/Europe, so any input there would be great.

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Old 02-17-2011, 11:54 PM
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Hi there,
I guess you should look into the amount of time you need to finish a MSc. and a Ph.D.

I did both, however the Ph.D has greater implications for academia (as well as getting a Dr. scientist title I guess :P ), whereas the Masters can be quick (even in a year or so however most take 2 years) but can help you get a job in biotech.

To be honest, I thought too much effort went into my M.Sc. as I had to defend it, publish papers, and write a thesis. I think that effort could have went all into the Ph.D and it would have been easier.

Obviously salaries vary between Ph.D and M.Sc., however I would weigh in the time needed to do a M.Sc. vs a Ph.D (1-2 vs 4-6) and factors such as final pay, where you want to reach (goals), and other factors you can think of.

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Well, in Europe a Master's isn't very difficult, i.e. you normally don't need a paper, just a (smaller) thesis and a short defence (after approx. 2 years). So I don't know how it is for you. As far as I can tell you can get pretty nice jobs with a Master there, depending a bit where you want to go (which country), and if you'd like to go into research or industry. With a Master it is probably easier to get a job in the industry.
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I agree with Anophela. A Master has a wider spectrum of job possibilities. I'm not saying doing a PhD is bad, but you have to be aware that by getting that grade you'll have to give your life to research and human resources formation (teaching). If you have a PhD and do not research and teach you are a failure, not in general but as Dr. that is. At least that is how I've been teached.
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