The degree, title, or rank, of a doctor.
Another word for the Ph.D. or Doctor of Philosophy degree. Those who earn the Ph.D. are entitled to use the title "Doctor."
A doctoral program is a postgraduate research program which involves a student independently researching a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor and the production of a thesis. For a doctorate, considerably more original work is required than for a Masters by Research program. Students should note that in some faculties, course-work may also be prescribed.