No lectures, no modules, no coursework and just one (big) exam: it isn't hard to see that a PhD will be very different to any other degree you've experienced.
So, what's it like to actually study for one? Think of this section as your PhD crystal ball!
From literature review, to chapter drafts, to writing up, to viva. . . Every PhD is different, but most follow these key steps.Read more
What's the day-to-day routine of a PhD like? We've had a look at the 'average' week for a PhD student.Read more
We've examined the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) to see what it's really like to do a PhD.Read more
What should you expect from the start of a PhD? This guide will get you ready for postgraduate research..Read more
How long is will your PhD actually take? Our guide looks at the length of a doctorate in different situations.Read more
The MPhil upgrade or 'confirmation review' is an important stage in your PhD, confirming your status as a full doctoral candidate.Read more
How does a doctorate differ from other degrees? What will be expected of you? What's it like to be a PhD student?Read more
No one ever said getting a PhD was easy (that's part of the point after all). Learn how to overcome the challenges you'll face.Read more
Whatever your subject, a PhD eventually involves producing a substantial written dissertation. Here's how to go about it.Read more
Writing research papers is an important PhD skill - particularly if it leads to a journal article or other academic publication.Read more
There's no better way to find out what a PhD is like than to read real students' experiences. Take a look at the stories on our blog.Read more