A DTU and UC Irvine PhD

There is a really stark contrast between studying for a PhD at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI). A PhD at DTU usually takes around three years while a PhD takes about 5-6 years at UCI. Students at DTU first finish their masters, then proceed onto their PhD. However, even during the PhD, students at DTU must take classes, teach, and finally perhaps do some research on the side. That's a very restricted timeframe to actually learn anything.

I feel that only after three years at UCI, I was maybe sorta kind of competent at hacking anything. I'm just finishing my fourth year and I still don't think I'm quite ready to be considered a Dr, although one more year is about right. Maybe this is just a really bad case of me undervaluing how much a person knows after three years.

But the worst part is that it really limits the scope of the projects. Unless you can find funding for a couple of students, you have to define projects that can be finished within three years. This may also be why the professors at DTU work together quite closely rather than have more independent professors. Rather interesting organizational structure...