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PhD Challenges

A PhD means carrying out research no one has ever done in order to answer questions no one has ever answered. And no one ever said it would be easy!

Some of the challenges you'll face will be unique to your project, but others will be more predictable. These articles offer advice for spotting and overcoming them.

Our guides cover some common PhD problems and pick out a few of the things you might not have been told about doctoral research (until you read about them here, that is).

We've also looked at issues such as PhD study with a disability or illness and helped answer that all-important question: when will you actually finish?

PhD problems

We hope your PhD is a positive and rewarding experience, but what should you do if things go wrong?

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PhDs - what they don't say

From awkward first years to managing other students, learn about some of the unspoken truths of PhD study.

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PhD study with a disability

Health conditions don't have to keep you from a PhD. Read our guide, know your rights and hear from other students.

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Finishing your PhD

The hardest part of a PhD could just be getting that thesis over the line. So, when (and how) will you finish?

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