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Finding a PhD

Written by Mark Bennett

As an advanced research qualification, a doctorate is unlike any other degree. What's more, every PhD is unique, with its own original research topic.

So how do you go about finding the right project or programme for you? The articles in this section are designed to help you.

We've introduced the different types of doctorate available, provided advice on choosing a PhD and explained how PhD applications work.

We've also put together a comprehensive list of common questions about PhD study (with answers, or course!).


What is a PhD?

A PhD is a postgraduate research degree, involving a substantial original thesis. But what else is there to doctoral study?

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Choosing a PhD

What makes a PhD right for you? And how do you choose between different projects, universities and supervisors?

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Why do a PhD?

Not sure if a doctorate is the right route for you? Here are some good (and bad) reasons to take on a PhD.

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PhD applications

Learn how to apply for a doctorate, with advice on research proposals plus tips for PhD interviews (and questions).

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Got a question about doctoral research? Check our answers to frequently asked questions about PhD study.

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Criteria for a PhD

What makes a PhD a PhD? Find out what you'll need to do to successfully earn a doctorate.

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PhD study without a Masters

Can you begin a PhD if you don't have a Masters degree? Perhaps.

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How to choose a PhD topic

Tips for selecting and fine-tuning the PhD you want to research.

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Last Updated: 05 February 2021