Need guideline for PHD

posted
05-Jul-17, 21:39
edited about 28 seconds later
by Salma
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi everyone,

I am from Pakistan,did my MBA last year. Now I am thinking of pursuing PHD from abroad but I have a lot of questions in my mind.
As there are so many students here doing PHD or some are done with their PHD so I am pretty much sure that by posting this,I will surely gain something good. PHD students can guide me well.

Before pursuing PHD, what kind of research skills do you really need ? is it important to have good research skill in hand before applying for PHD?

This is the most important question for me so far. is there anyone who can help me please?
posted
07-Jul-17, 10:18
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posted about 2 months ago
You can learn research skills as you start your PhD. Most people do this in their first year with the literature review and thinking about experimental design. Most university departments offer training sessions to first year students, but the value of these varies.
posted
07-Jul-17, 17:12
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by Salma
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posted about 2 months ago
Thanks for this and what about publications? like I don't have any publications yet and I heard from many consulting firms that because I don't have any publication so I shouldn't think about PHD. Does this really matter ?
posted
07-Jul-17, 22:57
by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi Salma, in Australian Universities (I'm from Australia), having publications before you start your PhD is not a big concern. I did happen to have a conference paper and journal article from my Masters thesis published but there were many other PhD candidates who had not published prior to commencing the PhD. It might be a factor perhaps if there is a lot of competition for funding but the thing is to apply for more than one PhD place if you can and to apply anyway with or without publications behind you and wait for the outcome.

At my university, we had to complete some first year courses (similar to those ToL is referring to) to help us with research skills and academic writing and publishing. Many of the first year PhD candidates on the courses had not published prior to beginning the course or the PhD and they were excellent candidates. The courses provided a great deal of information on research, academic life and early career researcher pathways. (Early career= beginning researchers). Good luck and best wishes.
posted
07-Jul-17, 23:21
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posted about 2 months ago
Many PhD students in the UK are fresh out of their undergrad or masters degrees so it's fairly unusual to have publications. If they have them they tend to be something from an undergrad project where they made a small contribution so they don't really mean much anyway,

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