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A collaborative guide to take you through all the steps of university life.

Start a PhD without Funding

If you wish to start a PhD without funding you will need to plan in advance. You can use online sources to discover the average living costs of the city you intend to live. Adding to this you would need to consider rent, bills and potential travelling. This can give you a rough guide as to how much financial reserves you would need to save to get you through the 3 or 4 years of PhD. But I would highly recommend researching what grants and scholarships are available from both the University and governing bodies. The sensible option would be to secure a grant or scholarship beforehand. However if you feel ambitious you could take a risk

An introduction to combining a PhD and a job

Completing a PhD and working full time? As easy as translating hieroglyphics is to Professor O’Gorman. Or identifying aeroplanes by their wingspan is to Dr. Maclaren. Im not so sure. I was certainly sceptical. Especially because my job wasn’t just any job. For the first year of my PhD I was a professional rugby player, representing Scotland on the HSBC Sevens World Series. Without going in to too much detail, this involved travelling the world for approximately three months every year, travelling to such destinations as New Zealand, the Gold Coast in Australia, Tokyo, Las Vegas and South Africa. Certainly not the worst job in the world. And it was a huge honour to represent my country playing a sport I love. However it is not the most conducive to any kind of studying, never mind the trials and tribulations of a PhD.

How to conduct an interview for qualitative research

If your research is of a qualitative nature, it is more than likely you will conduct an interview at some stage. For many PhD students, interviews constitute their primary source of data. Although it can be daunting at first, the process of carrying them out is often fun, rewarding and enlightening. Your skills as an interviewer will improve with experience, and you will become more confident and assured with each attempt. This article outlines various suggestions for students using the interview method.

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How to get a Post-Doc

Whether or not you want to continue into a long-term academic career, a Post-Doctoral role will give you the valuable and eminently desirable experience of working on a fixed-term project (or projects) as part of a highly skilled team. If this appeals, then ideally you should start looking for specific Post-Doctoral roles whilst writing up your thesis , as advertisements often appear several months in advance of the start date.

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