One of the most popular academic degrees and training programs for graduate schools and universities across the world are JD PhD programs. JD is the abbreviation for the Joint Doctorate in Science Degree, which is usually awarded to students who have achieved doctoral level in an area that has special interest to the doctor. PhD programs are usually offered at the master's level or higher and offer more flexibility with terms than an advanced degree program.
The programs are typically arranged based on a year or two of work experience in the chosen field. Students are required to start the program in the first year of their studies, though some may complete the program early or later. The academic programs are designed to help graduates with the theoretical and practical aspects of a PhD program and are designed so that the graduate has the ability to work directly in the field of interest once they have completed their studies. Most of the JD PhD programs can be completed on their own but some require some post-graduate study.
Some of the research-oriented programs available through the JD PhD programs focus on areas such as animal care, bioorganic chemistry, and computer science, to name just a few. The program is similar to other doctorate level programs, but the focus is generally on research and education rather than clinical experience, however, a small minority of the JD PhD programs are clinical based.
In most programs the student will participate in some type of research or major departmental seminars to enhance their understanding of their specific research area. These seminars are usually held in collaboration with faculty in their respective departments to ensure that the graduate has the ability to build a network to carry out future research.
The length of these programs vary widely depending on the field of study and on the research requirements of the program. Many of the programs are five years while others are typically seven years, but generally they are five to six years long. The average length of time is between four and five years.
A number of different types of advisors are usually available to students in the program to ensure that they meet with a professional advisor. Many of the advisors are employed in the academic environment and are experienced in the program of study, and therefore will offer guidance to students on the best course of action.