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Managing The Transition From Master’s to PhD - Top Ten Tips

Taking The Research Leap - So you have completed your Masters. You enjoyed the experience of postgraduate work. And you’ve caught the bug. You’re going to make the leap to the next research step: the PhD. This article aims to provide ten...

PhD Opportunities And Funding In Sweden

If watching Wallander and The Bridge has opened your eyes to both the beauty of this Northern European nation and its socio-political system, if you study a subject with a strong Swedish angle, or if you are simply branching out in your...

PhD Options: Doing a PhD in Germany - Google+ Hangout on Air Summary

We recently hosted a live Google+ Hangout on Air with four inspirational panellists with one simple objective: to help you consider opportunities open to you and specific options for doing a PhD in Germany.

The Postgraduate Community

Whether you are doing a PhD onsite or by distance you are surrounded by a brilliant, if often under exploited tool: the postgraduate community. Either in your department, faculty, university or regional network there are people in the...

Archival Research

Over the last few decades there has been an ‘archival turn’ in Humanities research and in the digital era archives are becoming ever more accessible to scholars. These online sources which can be consulted nearly anywhere in the world,...

Studying For A PhD In The Netherlands: The Basics

Dutch universities offer a great environment for PhD students: well-resourced labs and libraries, a forward-looking research culture, favourable financial arrangements, and international colleagues.

Using Your PhD Viva In Job Applications

Viva – a word instilling fear and trepidation in even the most stout-hearted. However, although it is something which, on first glance, appears to be intrinsically academic, there are several elements to a Viva which will help you in any...

Presentation Tips and Speaking in Public

I suspect speaking in public is a little like Marmite - either you thrive on it and find it a thrilling and stimulating experience, or it scares the living daylights out of you. Possibly both.

Making Conferences Work for You

It is true that conferences can be intimidating. Attending your first one can often seem like a right of passage, but I generally hope that these initial forays into the world of symposia and conferences are not hazing rituals. My first...

Teaching: Classrooms of Expectation

I really like public speaking. I love presenting at conferences, talking in front of a group of my peers. Oh, I get nervous of course, but I find it thrilling to discuss and perform creative theoretical ideas with supportive people.

Getting Involved in External Societies and SSNs

I've frequently discussed how important it is to make internal social and professional connections. But departments, like people, can be terribly insular, and it is really crucial for your broader academic development to make as many...

Advising Your PhD Students About Publication

In these days of cutthroat competition for academic posts, PhD candidates can spend a great deal of time worrying about how best to position themselves in the job market. It’s not uncommon for applicants to lectureship posts to present...

Studying For A PhD In Germany: The Basics

As home to a strong economy and some of the world’s oldest universities, Germany has long been a draw for ambitious postgraduate students. This is especially true for those seeking a PhD in scientific or medical fields.

Talking To Phd Students About Non-Academic Career Options

Once upon a time, earning a PhD was seen primarily as a route into an academic career. Today, however, there is talk of a PhD “oversupply,” and there is also international competition for academic jobs. In addition, those pursuing...

Working With Learned Societies: Top Tips For PhD Students

Academic or learned societies can be a great way to engage with the wider scholarly community as a PhD student as well as to gain experience of conference attendance and conference papers. Yet there are often many more ways of working...

PhD Student To Teaching Fellow: Top Five Tips

For many PhD students seeking to pursue an academic career, the path to a full-time, permanent lectureship is a tricky one. The days of walking straight into your dream job after completing your PhD appear little more than a myth;...

Finding A PhD Place In Europe

If you’re thinking of trying for a PhD in Europe, there are both European-wide and national issues to take into account.Since 1999, the “Bologna process”—an EU-wide attempt to make the widely divergent European higher education systems...

Planning To Do A PhD In Europe?

There may have never been a better time to study for a doctorate in Europe. Many European universities are expanding, and opening up to a world beyond national borders. There can be significant cost savings as well. If you are a...

Managing Student Expectations

Many PhD students and Early Career Researchers strive to enhance their CV through gaining teaching experience. Yet one of the most problematic aspects of teaching for the first time can be balancing student expectations and the ‘student...

What Not To Do When Finishing A PhD: Top Ten Tips

The final stages of a PhD are arguably the hardest; the pressure to finish up ahead of a deadline combined with the anxiety of ensuring that your work meets the criteria for a PhD set by your university (generally that it represents a...

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