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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...

Studentship Opportunities: 5 Things To Watch Out For

If you are looking for PhD funding, all offers look attractive—especially if you are finding it difficult to achieve your goals. However, potential postgrads must be wary, as not all studentships are a good choice. Here are five tips on...

Preparing For Your Studentship Interview

If you have been shortlisted for a studentship, an interview is almost always required. You’ll need to prepare carefully, as studentship interviews are very competitive. Follow these steps to ensure that you are ready.

Studying And Researching Abroad During Your PhD

There are so many opportunities available to PhD candidates to study and research abroad during their PhD. It can be an invaluable experience and shed a whole new light on the project. There are libraries and laboratories around the...

How To Choose A PhD Supervisor

As a PhD prospect or a student just accepted to a PhD programme, you have an essential first task: choosing the right supervisor. Make a good decision at this juncture, and your research will be better, your path more trouble-free. You...

How To Plan A PhD Project

PhD applications demand tight proposals and after drafting and redrafting, not to mention interviews, it can seem quite fixed. There is often more directed focus on this stage than there is on the actual process of completing a project.

How To Choose A PhD Research Project

It’s nice to be spoilt for choice, and readers who are in that position should count themselves lucky. But regardless of whether you already have a list of possibilities or you are still at the stage of struggling to find or generate a...

Making The Most Of Your Studentship

PhD studentships are so difficult to get that many would-be applicants find themselves grasping at any opportunity even tangentially related to their research interests and ambitions. If you’re lucky enough to get funded, the rationale...

The Pros And Cons Of A Distance Learning PhD

In an article published on this website in 2011, Sara McDonnell explored ‘How to do a Distance Learning PhD at a UK university’. Her article investigated how distance learning PhDs differed from those on campus, observing that they were...

Creating effective PhD Careers Service Websites

Stuart Johnson, Director of the Careers Service at the University of Bristol, recently wrote a piece on the purpose of a CS website. He noted ‘the starting point for a site should never be the organisational structure but rather what the...

Working With Challenging Students As A PhD Student: Ten Top Tips

Teaching as a PhD student is, on the whole, an enjoyable and fruitful experience which provides you with invaluable skills and experience for an academic career. There are, however, some occasions on which students can prove challenging...

5 Top Tips For Undergraduates Considering Postgraduate Study

As undergraduate students we are constantly presented with career advice and the graduate job market has become relatively structured with internships and graduate recruitment schemes. You start preparing from your first year for certain...

The PhD Labour Market: Reading Through Conflicting Articles

The British media is a curious entity because it has so many different views. This is not only found in general stances eg The Telegraph vs The Guardian, but indeed it is common to see articles reporting on the same subject projecting...

How To Impress On Your Studentship Application

Applying for a PhD studentship is a strange cross between applying for a job, and applying to a university. Your studentship application is crucial to joining the list of final candidates, so use this opportunity to present yourself in...

Postgraduate Fund Profile: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

If you are seeking postgraduate funding for study in a non-STEM subject area, your options are considerably slimmer than they are for those in science, technology, engineering and medicine, where industry partners often contribute to...

A PhD Without A Masters Degree

‘That was the way it always used to be’: for many years in the United Kingdom the PhD came after the Bachelors degree, without the interlude of a Masters.

Marking And Feedback: Top Ten Tips For Postgraduates

Many postgraduates who are involved with teaching or demonstrating will be required to undertake some form of marking and assessment. Marking can be one of the hardest aspects to teaching, requiring a great deal of patience and time.

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