I’m a little confused about using toward and towards in sentences. For a PhD student is it correct to say:
He is moving toward PhD degree
He is moving towards PhD degree
Should I use the before PhD in this sentence?
Are you trying to say that a person is enrolled in a PhD program and trying to obtain a PhD degree? There are better ways to say this:
- He is pursuing his/a PhD.
- He is working toward(s)/on his/a PhD.
- He is getting his/a PhD.
All of these variations are common, at least in American English, and have roughly the same meaning. The last version might imply a higher degree of certainty that he will actually complete the program and receive his PhD.
In any case, an article or pronoun is definitely required. A degree is an item (physical or notional) that is received by a person.