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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

1: Why do a PhD?

You will be giving up the chance to earn some real money in a steady job, for several years of little or no money. You will be losing the simplicity of regular hours and a boss who tells you want to do, for the complications of setting your own agenda and planning your own work. Why do you want to do a doctorate? No, really. Why? You need to be very clear in your mind what the reasons are. Thankfully, there are some very good reasons why a normal, sane person would choose to do a doctorate. If any of these make sense to you, then you are on the right track.
Wanting to be titled ‘Dr’ is not a good enough reason for becoming a PhD student.
Nor is it a good reason to do a PhD because you hate your current job or cannot get a job. Doing a PhD is hard work, a long slog, often with little reward along the way. It takes determination, stamina and an incredible amount of self discipline in order to complete a PhD. The pay is not great and you may work on a project that becomes useless by the end of the PhD. There is no guarantee of a job at the end (nor should you expect one). If you are thinking of starting a PhD you need to be clear in your mind why it is you want to start (it may help to write these reasons down, to remind yourself when you are two years down the line and tearing your hair out why on earth you started it in the first place). SO why do it?
- The challenge
- You enjoy learning
- You love research – and I mean REALLY LOVE research.
- You can deal with disappointment
Workshops are a key tool for the exchange of information throughout the academic community, and they are an essential professional activity of a successful researcher. Students should plan to attend and actively participate in the workshops related to their specific areas of interest. We encourage our doctoral students to actively immerse themselves in the intellectual life in order to maximize their learning as a doctoral student.