The PhD is a research degree. Our PhD students also take courses, which give them the foundation on which to build their research programs. However, the overriding goal of the PhD program is to show students how to conduct outstanding research. We expect all our PhD students to become involved in research within their first semester (see Research Immersion below) and continue their involvement throughout their time at UT. To understand how our PhD students are involved in our research activities, browse our research web pages.