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PhD Blog About What's It Like...


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 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 Hannah Slack

20 May 2021

PhDiary #5 ‘The First Draft Always Sucks’ – Preparing for the Confirmation Review

It's time for a new edition of the PhDiary! In this blog History student Hannah recounts how she prepared for the confirmation review and offers some advice on what not to do.

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by Hannah Slack

11 Feb 2021

PhDiary #4 “Is it Really as Bad as Everyone Says?” - 5 Things I Learnt in My First Year

The first year is a funny one. If you're just starting, or thinking of applying, then you probably have a lot of questions about how to do a PhD. Here are just a few things that I've learnt along the way.

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by Hannah Slack

15 Jan 2021

PhDiary #3: “The Most Embarrassing Moment of My Life” - Conferencing Heaven and Conferencing Hell

Conferences can be stressful. Mistakes will be made. I hope you find some entertainment in my worst event experience yet.

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by Hannah Slack

14 Dec 2020

PhDiary #2: “What is Normal Anyway?” – My Average Work Week

Worried you're not putting in enough hours? Or just curious about the average work week of a PhD student? For this edition of the PhDiary I discuss how I found and perfected my work schedule.

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by Marcus Holt

03 Apr 2020

What COVID-19 Means for my PhD

COVID-19 is affecting all of us. In this blog, a final year Bioscience PhD student shares the impact it is having on his research.

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by Marcus Holt

12 Mar 2020

First Encounters of the PhD Kind – What it’s Like to Actually Start a Doctorate

PhDs are full of new experiences. In this blog, Marcus shares some of his first experiences as a PhD student.

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What's it Like to Start a PhD in Your 50s?

When it comes to PhD study, there's no such thing as too old. A doctorate can provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on the expertise and experience you've gained so far in your career or simply to pursue the passions you've developed.

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by Melanie Brown

15 Mar 2018

What's it Like to. . . Attend (and Present!) at a Conference During Your PhD?

Melanie Brown recently presented at her first conference. She shares her experience and explains why this is such an important (and exciting) part of the PhD process.

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