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I have received a private message here, in this forum, offering me to write my thesis or research papers: "Let us take care of your assignments while you spend your time on the things that interest you most." Apart from being a very unethical academic practice, offering those kind of services is ILLEGAL and penalised in Australia (I don't know how this works in other countries), whether it is for commercial purposes or provided without remuneration.
Thank you very much for your comments, your certainly have given me some points to consider. In any case I think that changing programmes within similar areas, like from one engineering department to another, could be more smooth that changing between less related areas because of the shared epistemological foundations. I am changing from law to arts, I mean creative arts, not liberal arts or any other humanities.
But leaving aside my epistemological concerns, I just learnt that I cannot do any of the three internships offered in the human rights (my area) in my university because they are only available to law students, the same happen for teaching opportunities, very restricted between cross faculties... This is not going well.
You should check the eligibility criteria directly with the universities you want to apply to. Try to contact possible supervisors and comment on your particular background and research ideas.
From my experience in the European context, the most important part of your PhD application is your proposed project. I know many PhD candidates with not such great results in their previous studies and they have been accepted into their programmes. Of course, having more that average results could be an asset in your application but it is not the most determinant factor to be accepted. Although, it could be a requirement for certain scholarships.
You cannot change the grades you have obtained but you could boost your curriculum by getting practical experience in your field (another relevant factor depending on your area). A friend of mine did another master to appear as a more apt candidate. I would not recommend such investment of time, money, and effort when you could always make your case in your motivation letter remarking your research oriented attitude and highlighting your excellent research results.
I totally relate to your situation. Speaking with a counsellor in my university, she told me that I was probably experiencing impostor syndrome (something I have never heard before).
In your case you would probably need more than a university counsellor and some time to rest. Having experienced myself depression and an anxiety disorder I know that you cannot overcome that by yourself.
My best wishes to you.
At first sight it is surprising for me to treat subjectivism as epistemological foundation and not the other way around: analyse the epistemological basis of subjectivism in a Christian educational context. Nevertheless, it is really difficult to respond to your question without having more details about it and certainly more knowledge.
I think the best for you would be to ask for suggestions to professors in Philosophy or Theology, either at your university or at any other place. I did that when I was doing my master thesis and was stuck with a difficult concept; I wrote to a professor in another university, who had published a book in a related topic, presenting my ideas and doubts and asking for his suggestions. I t was really helpful.
It seems to me that your research field could be applicable in the sector of technology companies, where you could pursue a professional career. Although, from my experience in the area of human rights law, I think that it would possible for you to look for career options in the non for profit sector or international organisations, particularly taking into account the emerging trend on regulating autonomous weapon systems.
I myself have experienced several mental health problems over the course of my life and I know it is not possible to overcome that by yourself, it requires professional help and a supportive environment.
Please, look for help and do it now!
My best wishes to you.
I March 2020, I started my PhD in Law in Australia.
I am one of the few students who was able to enter Australia before they locked up the country and threw the key into the sea. That measure have caused a great impact on Australian universities. The lack of revenues for international students have created deep disruption, many academic staff have been fired or some have decided to early retire in order to help in the financial recovery of their institutions. One of those unselfish souls is my main supervisor.
Despite corona, virtual life, and all of that, I was doing really well in my first year with the support of my fantastic supervisors. Suddenly, my main supervisor has decided to take a voluntary redundancy and there is not another suitable mentor for my project in the same Faculty. In view of that, my University has decided that, to continue with my research project, I must change from my PhD in Law to the PhD programme in Arts, Design and Architecture where my second supervisor (soon to be main) is affiliated.
Despite having an interdisciplinary project between law and arts, that change makes no sense for me, not only from an epistemological perspective but also in terms of my future academic career. It seems like a very odd match given my background and plans.
I have a Bachelor in Philosophy, a Master in Human Rights and many years of experience working in the field of human rights and transitional justice. If I were looking for posdoctoral positions in the general field of human rights, or even job offers in think tanks or international organisations in the area, candidates are expected to hold a PhD in Law, Political Science, International Relations or other related fields. It is hard to see Art, Design and Architecture as a related field there. Even more, scholar profiles commonly start with the phrase "she holds a PhD in 'something' ", that 'something' describes not the title of a PhD dissertation but a particular academic field and a set of distinctive methodological tools that scholar is supposed to master.
Please, do not misinterpret me, a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture is exactly as valuable as a PhD in Law, but they reflect very different fields of expertise and that is precisely my main point.
Moving to a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture will not improve my chances of getting the kind of job I want, neither it would provide me with a different theoretical or methodological background so, what is the point of investing so much time an effort (from me and my family--I have not seen my daughter in a year--) in doing something that will not help me as much in my future plans?
Maybe my fears are baseless, or I am being naive. As a person in my university said, the important thing is to have a PhD degree no matter what the PhD is "in", is it? I am still not convinced. I am seriously considering applying for a PhD in a more fitting area somewhere else.
Should I stay or should I go?
What do you think?
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