Research Phd Mini-Guide

24/04/2017

If you enjoy study and independent research you might consider a PhD – it’s at least three years of research on an ‘original topic’ and is carried out under the supervision of an expert.

What is it?

If you enjoy study and independent research you might consider a PhD – it’s at least three years of research on an ‘original topic’ and is carried out under the supervision of an expert. You’ll produce a thesis that will offer ‘a significant contribution to knowledge’, and you’ll become a Doctor when you have successfully completed it.

If you like investigation and research then there are opportunities to pursue them as a career – particularly in science and academia.

What skills and qualifications will I need?

Although you’ll spend lots of time alone evaluating and thinking about your research, you’ll need to communicate well with people in order to find out information through discussion groups and interviews. You will be supervised during the PhD so a good relationship with your supervisor(s) is essential to make the most of the opportunity. If you looking for funding for the research, you will need to make a presentation – IT and communication skills will be essential.

What else do I need to know?

In a tiny nutshell, a typical PhD will involve a lot of research, planning and discussion to make sure your work is original. The second year is research, experiments, collating results etc and beginning to write up your dissertation. Years 3 and sometimes Y4 are when you’ll write up and finalise your dissertation and prepare to present it.

Top Tip

Research the University where you intend to study to make sure they’ll provide the right support. Think about continued study carefully and the financial implications.

You may be able to get funding in the form of a grant for a research project if you are able to demonstrate the need for the research – have a look here for more information http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/exploring-value-arts-and-culture/research-grants-programme-2015-2018

Where can I get more information?

Find out more here https://www.findaphd.com

And here if you want to research becoming a researcher (no pun intended!) http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/skills/develop/