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Thread: If I drop out of my PhD do I auto get a masters??

19-Sep-19, 13:05
by DecoGal
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posted about 11 months ago
Your situation sounds very similar to mine. I also submit in December, and feel like I have my whole thesis still to write. I also had some very difficult family situations to get through during my PhD, and with being part time I'm now in my 6th year. To say I've fallen out of love with it would be an understatement. Six years is such a long time to spend on one thing, and I have really got very bored. So many times I have wanted to walk away, and often I wish I had never made the decision to start. My PhD has not been a priority for so long now, so it is a real struggle to maintain focus on it. I'm worried about submitting something that is not good enough. I'm so anxious about my viva it's unbelievable. I also feel that if I am awarded an MPhil, then I will have wasted 6 years.

My problem is also that of procrastination. I have difficulty doing things before I really have to, so regardless of any personal difficulties that I have suffered during my PhD, I feel that I would still be in the situation of having the majority of work still eft to do with only 3 months to go. This week I feel that something has clicked however - I managed to get more work done this week than I have in a long time. I find that I do feel a lot happier and more confident when I manage to get something done - so this is what I am focussing on now. I now feel more able to give up the next 3 months to solidly working on my thesis. I almost feel better knowing it's only 3 months - then it'll be behind me (trying not to think about the possible outcome of Major revisions and needing to revisit it again!!).
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