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Choosing a PhD

Written by Mark Bennett

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!

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Choosing a PhD Supervisor

This page explains how to find and choose a PhD supervisor. We’ve also covered the qualities of a good PhD supervisor.

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How to Choose a PhD Project in STEM

Finding the perfect research project for a PhD in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) area is a little different to other subjects. Our guide explains more.

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Choosing Where to Do a PhD

Deciding on the best university for a PhD can be tricky. Our guide explains what to consider, including potential supervisors, research facilities, funding availability and rankings.

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2023 University Rankings for PhD Study - A Guide

Which top-ranked universities are best for PhD study? Our guide explains how to get the most out of global league tables.

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Last Updated: 05 February 2021