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Best of 2021 – Our Most Popular Blogs This Year

It’s been another eventful year in the world of PhD study – while we spent 2020 acclimatising to a new, socially distanced approach to learning, the cautious easing of coronavirus restrictions across the globe in 2021 has seen (some) aspects of pre-pandemic student life make a welcome comeback!

As the year draws to a close, we thought it would be useful to take a look back at our most-read blogs of the year. From reliably popular subjects such as preparing your application and contacting a supervisor, to a smattering of study abroad related pieces, there’s plenty of invaluable PhD-themed advice for you to browse!

#5 5 Differences Between PhDs in the USA and the UK

The US and the UK may share a language and comparably distinguished higher education systems, but there are some important points of distinction between the two when it comes to PhD study! From tuition costs to programme structure, guest blogger Robbie gives an insight into the differences between completing a PhD in the US vs the UK (and he should know, he’s studied in both!).

#4 Preparing a PhD Application: 10 Tips

If there’s one thing you need to know as a prospective PhD student, it’s how to submit the best possible application – so it’s no wonder this post made it into our top 5! This blog provides 10 tips to help make the application process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

#3 The Dos and Don'ts of Contacting a PhD Supervisor

That first email to a prospective supervisor can set the stage for the rest of your PhD journey, so it’s important to get it right! If you’re having a hard time navigating the unwritten rules of contacting a supervisor, don’t worry – we’ve summed up everything you need to know in this quick guide.

#2 How Rare (or common) is it to Have a PhD?

What percentage of university students go on to complete a PhD? How does this data vary between countries? And most importantly, how valuable will your PhD qualification be post-graduation? We crunch the numbers to find out.

#1 PhD Study, for Free? – 14 Countries That Charge Very Little (or Nothing!) for Doctoral Degrees

Claiming the prize for most popular blog post of 2021 is our list of countries where you’ll be able to complete a doctoral programme for, yes, free (or almost free)! What better motivation could there be to head overseas for your PhD?

As always, we’d like to thank you for reading our blogs this year, and we wish you every success for 2022! We’ll be back in the New Year with more PhD-themed advice and updates.

If you’re feeling inspired, why not blog for us in 2022? We’re always looking to promote new voices.

Happy New Year from everyone at FindAPhD!

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Last Updated: 13 December 2021