Is a PhD for you?

People decide to do doctoral research for many different reasons. It can be an opportunity to pursue a particular research passion or disciplinary expertise, or a way of exploring an issue that has emerged from your own experience or professional practice.

Our Grand Union partnership are committed to widening opportunities to doctoral study, and we will work hard to support you with your research proposal.

There is a lot of advice available online if you are thinking of studying for a doctorate - from general tips to very specific advice. The Guardian asks some good questions about whether it is the right option, whilst offers good and bad reasons for doing a doctoral dissertation.  The sociologist Les Back has recorded some wise podcasts on the process of writing a doctoral proposal (along with other advice on surviving academic life).

Check out other guidance sites such as and The disciplinary or professional associations in your field may also have guidance and resources, and current students on your proposed pathway are often great sources of advice and guidance.

Finally, do have a look at some of the study guides, such as Planning your PhD by Kate Williams, How to write a thesis by Rowena Murray, or How to research and write a succesful PhD by Kathleen McMillan and Jonathan Weyers.


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