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 by Hannah Slack posted on 27 Jan '22 27 Jan '22

The Four Stages of a PhD

Each year of a PhD brings a set of new experiences and challenges. So if you're looking to start a doctorate soon, here's a little sneak peak at what you're in for.

 by Mark Bennett posted on 20 Jan '22 20 Jan '22

What Happens at a Virtual PhD Fair, Anyway?

Our free online PhD study events are the perfect way to learn more about doctoral study or prepare for your application. Here's why.

 by Kristine Bagdassarian posted on 20 Jan '22 20 Jan '22

Seven Steps to a Successful Research Proposal

Writing your research proposal can be a mysterious process filled with many unknowns. Here is some advice on how to do it in seven steps.

 by Mark Bennett posted on 12 Jan '22 12 Jan '22

International PhD Funding – Your 2022 Calendar

We've put together a shortlist of some of the most important international PhD funding options for 2022, complete with all the deadlines you need to be aware of.

 by Mark Bennett posted on 12 Jan '22 12 Jan '22

Getting Started With a PhD Application – 7 Steps

Found a PhD? Here's how to plan an effective application and put together the materials you'll need for success.

 by Ben Taylor posted on 6 Jan '22 6 Jan '22

6 Surprising English-Language PhD Destinations

Each of these countries have their own compelling reasons to study an English-language PhD there, offering non-existent fees, unique research opportunities and historic universities.

 by Mark Bennett posted on 6 Jan '22 6 Jan '22

Some Simple PhD Application Mistakes – and How to Avoid Them

Applying for a PhD is a bit more complex than applying for a Bachelors or Masters. Here are some pitfalls to avoid.

 by Sofia Raftopoulou posted on 23 Dec '21 23 Dec '21

A PhD Student’s Tips for Actually Enjoying the Holidays

It's Christmas for PhD students too. But how do you switch off and enjoy the holidays with your research dwelling in the back of your mind? Sofia shares some simple festive tips.

 by Chris Banyard posted on 16 Dec '21 16 Dec '21

How Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Funding Actually Works

A student story of how a UK Research Council Funded Studentship really works

 by Sarah Hastings-Woodhouse posted on 13 Dec '21 13 Dec '21

Best of 2021 – Our Most Popular Blogs This Year

As 2021 draws to a close, we thought we'd take a look back at our most-read blogs of the year!