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My supervisor first student failed😢
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I'm sorry to hear this. What did they say? Was it the documentation quality? Or research itself?

Post-viva correction stress - advice needed
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I hope to finish mine soon, my aim is to finish under 3 years. I hope it goes well because I want to move on with life.

Pass with "distinction"
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Quote From Tudor_Queen:
No one really cares what at kind of pass you get for a PhD. It's about getting the PhD. (:


This is the best answer to this question.

Potential supervisor said she will contact references- no response
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Send her an email about it. Don't delay it any further.

Post-viva correction stress - advice needed
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Wow, a 400-page thesis? I understand the feeling you're going through. Since you nearly to the end, it's best to repair the corrections as soon as possible. I'm not surprised you're burnt out after a 400 page.

Congratulations on succeeding in your PhD. I do sometimes think if I made the right decision for PhD.

Take a day off and then starting going through the errors.

I also agree with your statement about marking. It's defintely subjective based on staff. It's quite rare to have a good set of staff for a research project.

Mature PhD (with relevant work experience)
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Of course not. If you like to do a PhD then go for it. I'm pretty sure you're not the first person to do a PhD with that background.

You have more chances of doing a PhD in a STEM field without a master's. I'm not sure about humanities fields though.

It's tougher to get a PhD position without a master's but it's not possible.

I suggest you contact the university you wish to enroll in for the entry requirements.

Applying a PhD in the same university I got my degree and masters?
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Quote From pm133:
This sort of thing is very common now. People stay at their home university for a host of reasons. I wouldn't worry about how it will look. What matters is your research.


I would agree with this statement.

Applying a PhD in the same university I got my degree and masters?
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Good points. I guess most people continue the same university because of funding (as it's hard to get these days).

Applying a PhD in the same university I got my degree and masters?
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What's your opinion on this matter? It seems to be quite common.

Thanks.

Concerned I made the right choice of university...
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Quote From tarabeesley:
The ex-poly is Portsmouth. It isn't a bad place at all.


Portsmouth has got good reputation and reviews from many students. If they are funding you then that's an achievement. In PhD level, it's hard to get a place in any university but it's even harder to get a PhD place with funding. That's more of an achievement and people will respect you on that because most people cannot achieve that.

I've experienced both Russell Group and ex-poly, I didn't really see much difference between both. In fact, in terms of support, I got more from an ex-poly than the Russell Group.

Don't worry about careers afterward. There are numerous people who have gone through these universities and succeeded.

Go with the funding one. You don't want the debt later on in life. Imagine what else you can do with that money? A lot.

Concerned I made the right choice of university...
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Quote From tarabeesley:
Thanks so much for the incredible response. I have found it very useful. I'm still very conflicted about this issue. It seems a lot of you feel it doesn't matter that much about the institution so long as the project is excellent. I think one or two did imply that elitism is still rampant in academia and I have felt that occasionally. After I have described my research, people seem to cool down a bit when I tell them about the institution or say 'oh, I don't know about the research at that place'. My dream is to be a leader in my particular field - to publish a book and be internationally recognised... I know I made it harder for myself at an ex-poly. I beat myself up about it a bit because it was within my reach to go anywhere given my results.
I just wish I knew whether to carry on here. It seems there is no clear answer. Perhaps after I pass my first year I can consider transferring, if a different university will have me?

Thanks very much


Which universities are we talking about? Can you provide which ones?

Concerned I made the right choice of university...
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I just was talking to someone about this. It was about self fund yourself and go to a Russell Group university or go to a ex-poly that is funded (fully)?

It was agreed that the funded option was far better not because of the funding but also the supervisors were very famous in their niches. There are qualified staff in ex-poly.

I will not worry about the status. In fact, most people in this day of age don't really know what is an 'ex-poly'.

Scholarship
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Hi,

I was a PhD student Liverpool University which contained a scholarship. I cannot comment in regards of rent because I was living with my parents but I would say Liverpool area is quite cheap in general.

What course are you doing? I was in the Computer Science department?

Self Fund for 1st year or Wait
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Have you tried getting feedback from places you requested funded on why they wouldn't fund you?

It might be something about your research?

Self Fund for 1st year or Wait
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I personally wouldn't pay for a PhD. I rather get a studentship than pay it myself. I remember back in college, a teacher quoted that "PhD as a whole benefit more to the university than yourself. Why should you pay for it?". I would try getting funding first before paying a penny.

I'm sure there is something out there for you.