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What exams do you have to pass to have the right to be called professor and is this higher than having a degree

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Professor Jimmy Edwards must have thought it was hereditary.

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It is my understanding that the title of Professor is not directly related to a qualification, but is awarded by HE institutions related to their workload.  I certainly know of one HE institution that decided to appoint a few Professors in one of their sections, and invited their Principal Lecturers to apply for them.  The titles also was linked to various other work they were asked to perform in addition to their other duties.

 

As to the question of "is it higher than having a degree", if it's an "ordinary" degree (BA, BSc etc), then Yes, but there are Professors with PhD's and some without.  Ordinarily, one would expect Professors to have PhD's, bu tit is not always the case.

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In a university you get promoted from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Reader to Professor.  'Professor' is the top rank on the academic side of the university hierarchy.

 

These days it would be extremely rare for a Professor not to have a PhD.  You'd also need lots of publications and usually to have brought a decent amount of money into the university.  Probably also a good teaching and administrative record, unless you're a really top researcher.

 

Though there are a few subject areas where successful people from outside academia are occasionally brought in as Professors.

 

I do remember a story about some mathematician from the early 20th century who asked his mentor at Cambridge whether he needed to get a PhD, and was told something like 'only if you want to work in industry, dear boy'.  But those days are long gone.

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Anybody can call themselves a professor-and do.

Anybody can call themselves a Professor of a subject- but not if associated with giving advice.

There are certain non University Institutions which confer titles.

Nobody can call themselves a Professor or former Professor at an established Institution without permission.

 

So if you are unsure of the credentials of somebody who calls themselves Professor ask them which subject and which Institutions.

 

In most countries people are often referred to as "Professor" as a mark of professional respect -less so in the UK.

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1 hour ago, Annie Bynnol said:

Anybody can call themselves a professor-and do.

Anybody can call themselves a Professor of a subject- but not if associated with giving advice.

There are certain non University Institutions which confer titles.

Nobody can call themselves a Professor or former Professor at an established Institution without permission.

 

So if you are unsure of the credentials of somebody who calls themselves Professor ask them which subject and which Institutions.

 

In most countries people are often referred to as "Professor" as a mark of professional respect -less so in the UK.

***Changes email sig and everything else to say professor***

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On 08/05/2021 at 21:43, Annie Bynnol said:

Anybody can call themselves a professor-and do.

Anybody can call themselves a Professor of a subject- but not if associated with giving advice.

There are certain non University Institutions which confer titles.

Nobody can call themselves a Professor or former Professor at an established Institution without permission.

 

So if you are unsure of the credentials of somebody who calls themselves Professor ask them which subject and which Institutions.

 

In most countries people are often referred to as "Professor" as a mark of professional respect -less so in the UK.

You're telling me that Professor Green isn't really a professor?!

 

Mind you come to think of it I'm not really a Captain either ...

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2 hours ago, CaptainSwing said:

 

Mind you come to think of it I'm not really a Captain either ...

I don't think you  should be able to call yourself what you are not.  I'm a relic and am always thirsty.  You say you are not a Captain..........

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I believe the hierarchy of degrees is:

 

Degree or Degree with honors 

Masters degree 

Doctorate (PhD)

 

Professorship (but these are appointed on merit and/or body of work, rather than with examinations) 

 

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