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The Pros and Cons of Doctoral Training Programmes

Thinking about doing a PhD through a doctoral training programme? Here are a few things to consider before diving into the application.

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by Nick Willhoft

23 Jun 2022

PhD Study - What 3 Things Matter Most for Non-Academic Careers?

Not all PhD graduates go on to work at universities, so how can you make sure your doctorate prepares you for the alternatives?

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by Hannah Slack

16 Jun 2022

What’s Actually Hard About a PhD

You probably know that doing a PhD is difficult. But do you know *why* it's difficult? One student shares what's actually hard about a PhD and offers some advice for prospective students.

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by Ben Taylor

09 Jun 2022

Spotlight on: Postgraduate Study in Canada

Here's what you need to know about applying for a Masters or PhD at one of Canada's excellent universities, with advice on visas, arrivals and post-study work opportunities.

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by Mike Davies

09 Jun 2022

PhD Conspiracy Theories – What ‘They’ Don’t Tell You Beforehand

We're taking a sideways look at some of the mysterious forces at work in the lab, from misbehaving equipment to capricious experiments.

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by Mark Bennett

26 May 2022

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

Is it possible to study a PhD for free? We've taken a look at some of the countries with the lowest fees for doctoral students - and explained what 'studying a PhD for free' actually means.

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A Prospective PhD Student's Guide to the Research Excellence Framework

Results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework have just been released. What exactly is the REF, and how can prospective PhD students use it?

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by Mark Bennett

12 May 2022

Doctoral Student Loans – A Few Things to Bear in Mind

You can now apply for a PhD loan for 2022! Here are a few things to bear in mind before you start your application.

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Postgraduate Student Finance Doctoral Applications Are Now Open!

It's time to start applying for postgraduate student finance. Read some tips and advice from the experts at the Student Loans Company.

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by Hannah Slack

05 May 2022

PhDiary #7 “You’re Not Expected to Know Everything” – My Confirmation Review Experience

The confirmation review can be pretty intimidating. For this edition of the PhDiary, Hannah talks about her experience of the confirmation review and offers some advice for first year PhD students.

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