Real Talk: What to expect when beginning a PhD?
by Edmund Chapman, Dorottya Hoor, Wing Sum Leung, Mapenzie Tauzie
The decision to start a course of postgraduate research (PGR) study is a big one. It’s a commitment involving at least three years, a lot of intellectual work, financial concerns and more besides. But what is life as a PGR actually like? What should you expect your life for those three years to be like?
We wanted to help prospective research students have a better insight as to the real experiences of PGR study. As current PhD students ourselves, working on this project as a group, we’re aware of the disparity that sometimes exists between expectations of PGR study and the reality. To find out more, we spoke to PGR students from across the Humanities and members of staff with a wealth of experience of supervising PGR students. They shared their opinions on reasons why a student might want to begin a PhD, the most important qualities in PhD students, common challenges postgraduate researchers (PGRs) face, and how to tackle those challenges. In this first of four posts, we’ll look at some of the reasons students gave for wanting to begin a PhD, and supervisors’ opinions on why a student might consider PhD study.
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