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Viva anxiety (from the other side)
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Not quite at the viva stage but found this post to be extremely helpful (and calming!) - thanks!

any point applying for phd positions with a 2.1?
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Quote From chemistrystudent2401:
Quote From bob86:
I also went into a PhD with a 2:1 (Engineering) but wouldn't recommend it. Try to do a Masters by Research (or a taught Masters with a significant research element) in between if you can. Bit of a long shot you might be thinking but it will better prepare you for the jump from the undergrad to PhD level. Ideally you need a solid (theoretical) foundation as well as some exposure to research before tackling a PhD and in my experience a good (2:1) undergraduate degree alone just doesn’t provide that.


I’m doing a masters which is 50% research right now if that counts?


Sorry I didn't read your initial post properly. At my institution (UK) if you apply to do a PhD and only have an undergraduate/integrated Masters they usually enrol you on an MRes (Masters by Research) degree to start off with the option to upgrade to PhD status providing you pass a review/mini-viva at the 9-month stage. Once you are upgraded you continue the project you were doing on the MRes but with the revised goal of now submitting a more substantial thesis at the 3/3.5 years mark. This way you get a better idea of what the PhD involves and at the same time the supervisor gets a chance to gauge whether you are worth investing the additional 2/2.5 years of his/her hard earned funding! Good luck in whatever you decide.

any point applying for phd positions with a 2.1?
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I also went into a PhD with a 2:1 (Engineering) but wouldn't recommend it. Try to do a Masters by Research (or a taught Masters with a significant research element) in between if you can. Bit of a long shot you might be thinking but it will better prepare you for the jump from the undergrad to PhD level. Ideally you need a solid (theoretical) foundation as well as some exposure to research before tackling a PhD and in my experience a good (2:1) undergraduate degree alone just doesn’t provide that.

Concerned about Thesis (Submitted)
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Congrats Dr. Kahn, enjoy the celebrations :)

Failed viva
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Your current supervisor played a big part in reassuring you that your thesis was ready for submission so I can totally understand you wanting a new supervisor to guide you through the corrections phase. It certainly sounds like you have grounds for one. In saying that, however, I would definitely think things through first before you decide to raise it with the university as I presume it will involve some form of official complaint. Certainly you want to avoid mentioning things like ‘’Some things are too basic and should have been seen years ago’’ as at this stage you are supposed to know the work better than the supervisor. Good luck and I hope you get things sorted.

PhD Imposter Syndrome
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You are not alone. As pm133 pointed out, Imposter Syndrome is a very common problem amongst PhD students. Like you, I started doubting myself very early on telling myself I wasn’t good enough and that I ‘fluked’ my way onto the programme. Fast forward to the writing-up stage and I can honestly say that those thoughts haven’t completely gone away. There’s ways to manage the problem and you’ll find many articles for this online. Good luck and persevere!

Failed viva
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Quote From dval:
yes, I do have the supervisor's positive comments in writing. She told me more than once that my work was good. I would never have submitted if I didn't receive good feedback from the supervisor.
The examiners gave me a full list of reasons why it's not good. Basically, they didn't like anything.


I find it bizarre that your supervisor provided you with positive feedback on the work prior to submission and now appears to be doing a U-turn by agreeing with the negative feedback of the examiners - have you challenged her on this? You mentioned that you feel your supervisor just wants to wash her hands of the situation - how was your working relationship with her throughout the PhD? If you've received a revise & re-submit then I'm guessing there will be additional analysis/work involved to satisfy the requirements of the examiners - won’t you need some form of contact/meetings with the supervisor to ensure that those requirements have been satisfied?

I agree with the advice from Tudor_Queen, at this stage you probably need to sit down with someone from your doctoral academy (or an equivalent body at your institution) to formulate a plan for moving forward.

Failed viva
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Sorry to hear this. I haven't experienced this personally. What was their reasons for failing you? Do you have any of your supervisors comments/feedback in writing?

Book request
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emaa,

I have emailed this to you.

You could have found what you were looking for had you simply searched for it on ZLibrary:


as I explained quite extensively in my previous email sent to you on Mon, 25th Feb. In future, try to be independent and use your initiative rather than rely on others to do the leg work for you.

Bob

Research paper needed!
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You can download this article for free on ZLibrary:


Search for the title then hit the tab 'Articles'. It will be appear as the first search result.

Bob

Paper request
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Please see PM.

Paper request
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I have a copy of this. File size is 3.98Mb. Please let me know how you wish to have it transferred.