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Thread: Distance learning phD???

04-Nov-19, 19:29
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Quote From ClaireB:
I'm married with a child and consequently not able to move to the universities which have the supervisors I'd really like to work with. How important is it to be based near the university you are doing your research? Is it feasible to apply somewhere, but only visit for fortnightly meetings? Or, how likely is it that I could be based at my local university (where I'm about to start teaching) but have a supervisor from a different university? What are the pros and cons of being some distance away?

I considered a PhD by distance after failing to get funding, resulting in me not being able to afford to live in my chosen university's city. In the end, my supervisor agreed to let me live at home and study by distance unofficially so that I could keep working with her - I however had the advantage that she was my MA supervisor previously, so knew that I have the motivation/stamina to do it while away from campus. It might be more difficult to persuade an academic who doesn't already know you to make that commitment.

It also depends on whether your subject area lends itself to distance learning - if it's an area that requires lab access/specialist equipment or facilities, then you might struggle.

The feasibility of only attending fortnightly will depend on how far away the institution is. I have heard of people having supervisors from more than one university, but that may depend on whether they have worked together in the past and whether both universities have the same facilities/opportunities in your subject area.

Thread: Dropping out of Masters?

04-Nov-19, 19:02
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I started my masters this September following a year of working after my graduation. I’m finding my course a lot more difficult than I expected and I can feel my mental health going downhill. I’ve asked for help from tutors and done the extra reading to try and help myself but I really do not want to continue with this course. I live with my partner who is also doing a masters and my only option would be to find work in order to pay rent and bills. How do I explain this on my CV? Has anyone else been in this situation who can offer advice?

If you're set on leaving your course, ask if there is an exit qualification you could receive for the work you've done so far. I believe if you've completed 3 modules (or 1 term's worth of content) you can get a PGCert - you'd have to check this with your university however, as some institutions might not offer it.

Thread: Submitting to conferences - two questions

31-Oct-19, 14:23
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1. Check the conditions of abstract submission - I've seen conferences that specifically state that abstracts won't be accepted if they are based on work already submitted for publication, or proposed in the same form to other conferences (i.e. presentation/poster etc.). Some won't have this caveat however.

2. Peers of mine have submitted abstracts with 'results so far' sections. If you have no results to state in the abstract, they may provisionally accept you until you can update them on your findings. I suppose they may be concerned that you won't get them by the conference date, in which case they may think it safer to decline.

Thread: If I leave an EPSRC funded PhD, will I be ineligible for another EPSRC PhD in the future?

31-Oct-19, 14:15
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You need to check with your research council's term and conditions/guidelines. I know that many research councils will also expect you to repay any over-payment you've received for the year if you do leave early.
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