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No lectures, no modules, no coursework and just one (big) exam: it isn't hard to see that a PhD will be very different to any other degree you've experienced.
So, what's it like to actually study for one? Think of this section as your PhD crystal ball!
From an overview of the
PhD journey and an insight into working with a supervisor to what you can expect from the PhD thesis and the final viva voce exam, we've covered the rhythms and routines of PhD research.
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The PhD Thesis
The PhD thesis is the most important part of a doctoral degree. This page will introduce you to what you need to know about the PhD dissertation.
Read more The Daily Life of a PhD Student
This page will give you an idea of what to expect from your routine as a PhD student, explaining how your daily life will look at you progress through a doctoral degree.
Read more The PhD Literature Review
The literature review is an opportunity for you to show that you understand the body of academic work that has already been done in relation to your topic, including books, articles, data and research papers.
Read more Teaching as a PhD Student
Many PhD students undertake some teaching or demonstrating for undergraduate students alongside their project, as a way of gaining professional experience (and earning additional money!). Here's what you can expect from this work.
Last Updated: 05 February 2021
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