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Choosing a PhD

There's a lot to consider when choosing a PhD, from the university you study at and the supervisor you work with to the project you pursue. Thankfully, there are lots of resources out there to help with your decision.

In this section we've looked at using university rankings for PhD study as well as specific assessment systems like the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF).

We've also helped explain the difference between an MPhil and a PhD, offered some tips for getting the most from a postgraduate study fair and put together a step-by-step process for your PhD search.

The rest is up to you!

Steps to the right PhD

What should you look for in a doctorate? Our step-by-step process will help guide your PhD search.

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PhD rankings

Can university league tables help you pick a destination for your PhD? Perhaps, if you know what to look for.

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Choosing a supervisor

The supervisor your work with can be as important as the topic you work on. Here's how to find the right mentor for your project.

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Choosing a university

What matters in a university for PhD study? Read our tips for judging between different institutions.

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Choosing a project

A PhD project needs to sustain at least three years of research - and enthusiasm! Make the right choice.

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PhD study fairs

A PhD fair will let you chat with universities, or get your questions answered. Learn more, or check out upcoming events.

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MPhil or PhD?

A PhD isn't the only postgraduate research option available. The MPhil offers a shorter, simpler alternative to a full doctorate.

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REF results for PhD study

The Research Excellence Framework looks at UK research quality (including PhD study). Find out what you can learn from it.

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