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PhD Inspiration - Professor Daniel Davis, University of Manchester
Posted on 18 Jun '18

PhD Inspiration - Professor Daniel Davis, University of Manchester

Considering a PhD, but wondering what you'll actually get out of it? We've sat down with some of the UK's top academics to hear their experiences and thoughts on postgraduate study. Daniel Davis is the Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester and author of The Compatibility Gene (Penguin). Here he shares some advice for new students.


Video Transcript

What did you get out of doing a PhD?

I got out of doing a PhD the fact that I managed to contribute something to our understanding of how the world works, and I think I also managed to show myself that I could immerse myself in one topic for as long as three or four years and really delve into the details of something.

What was the biggest challenge of doing a PhD?

The biggest challenge I think of doing a PhD is that you get so immersed in one particular topic for three years that you can feel that your own contribution is perhaps esoteric or you can even get isolated because you're working on something so detailed and it can still feel narrow.

What is your top PhD tip?

While you stay immersed in the details, you have to also keep track of the big picture because the small thing that you'll discover is basically part of the overall narrative that we have for understanding how the world works, and you have to keep engaged in that bigger picture, perhaps by going to scientific meetings or chatting to other scientists or being engaged in culture in general, and that keeps you immersed in the field that you're in at the right level of detail.




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