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Thread: Terminally ill parent during PhD

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07-Jan-19, 11:51
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Hello. I am sorry to hear about your mother. The short answer is yes, take a time off now. The long one is if you do not do it, you will regret it. Take 2 or 3 months off. Nobody will be angry (and if they will), they can go smash their heads in the wall. It is your life not your supervisors or the committee or whatever they call themselves. PhD students take time out for less serious reasons. If you won't do it for this, then what reason else is more important? Just spend some days helping your father and seeing your mother (even if she cannot feel it, you do feel it). You do not have also to tell everybody the full story. Just tell the supervisor. Others will only know you are off because of personal family circumstances.
Nothing will happen to your PhD because of time-off. Also this is not the last PhD opportunity in the world.

Thread: Need advice did not progress phd after 3 years of effort

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04-Jan-19, 08:15
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Hi Guava, I am really sorry for what happened to you. I fully understand your pain as I have started a PhD while doing RA job and after 5 years I left without the PhD but with some RA work experience. I know that some student survive with bad supervision and some also survive without a decent work or even a coheren thesis and surprisingly, they get their PhDs. But this is life. It is usually unfair.
First point, staying in academia. With MPhil, it would sound a bit diffecult. There are a few cases of lecturers with Master but they might be around 5%. If I were you, I would look for such teaching or research jobs which requires Master (you have MPhil which is even better). The second option is to look for a funded PhD. It is not the easiest job in particular for non-EU students but you can try.
Another option is to look for a PhD in other countries which have a lot of opportunities and do not restrictions for non-EU citizens. Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland are options.
Seoncdly, try to publish a paper or more from the work you have done. It will increase your chances a lot either for finding a job or a PhD.
How to talk about MPhil without sounding like a failure is possible. You do not have to tell the whole story. You can say that because you are international student and the funding is limited to 3 year, you and the committee have realised that it is not feasible. Concentrate about funding difficulties rather than quality of the work.
I wish you all the best in your next move.

Thread: Bypassing Masters and joining PhD in Germany and equivalent countries

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02-Jan-19, 13:29
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In Germany have not heared of any. I think it might be impossible without Master or Diploma (5 years degree equivalent to 300 ECTS)

Thread: Doctoral Loan

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02-Jan-19, 12:42
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Starting your career with £25000 debt might not be the best idea. I have studies MSc with international students fees 10 years ago and I am still paying my debt back. Think carefully before doing it.

Thread: How did it go after you dropped out of your PhD?

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02-Jan-19, 12:35
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Not bad as I thought. First thing for recovery, is to accept it. It is not the most pleassant thing to happen but shit usually happens and we have to accept it. I just searched for a job in industry, prepared myself technically and non-technically for the interviews. I got an offer and accepted it.

Thread: Viva examiner close collaborator of supervisors - implications?

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21-Dec-18, 11:05
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I know a similar case ended with re-submission. I was not aware of the quality of the PhD thesis submitted but I can see that the collaborator was not "soft" with him. In general cases where someone has to assess the work of a collaborator or his students, it is hard to know the outcome. All possibilities are on the table. He/she might be professional and fair. He/she might be soft. He/she might try to be fair and ending up with being harder than necessary because he/she is afraid of being too spft.

Thread: How long should I wait for a PhD interview result?

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13-Dec-18, 10:54
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Hello. I think you should have not sent the second email. But anyway let us look forward. If they have chosen someone else, they would have informed you. Maybe your guess about waiting for another candidate acceptance is right. But you do not know. Just wait. The normal procedure is that you wait for an email either with an offer or the normal "unfortunately" stuff. Hope for the best. You still have 33% chance of getting the position. Two weeks is not long in academia. All the best.

Thread: NUS vs UNSW

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03-Dec-18, 14:37
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Hi. I think in terms of ranking they are both top world with National University of Singapore is rankied 11 in topuniversities and University of New South Wales ranked 45.
The big question is where do you want to study? in which country? I think Singapore and Australia are totally different.
Also do you intend to stay in the same country of your PhD after finishing? How is the job market in your prospective field? How easy to get a work permit in each one (assuming you are not a citizen of the two contries). In my opinion, research wise, both are sufficiently top. The country is the real choice.

Thread: Taking a Break

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16-Nov-18, 21:33
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posted about 2 months ago
Hello. I am sorry for the pain you encounter. I am in a different situation but we have something in common. I want to pursue a part time PhD. I also have no real pragmatic reasons for doing so. Only an interest.
When a propective PhD student shows interest in a PhD, other PhD and Postdocs tell him/her, "Oh dear, you cannot do a PhD for career reasons or just to work in academia or indusrty. You have to do a PhD just for the sake of PhD with little (if any) pragmatic reasons". When someone like us wants to do a part time PhD beside work. They say to you "You want to do a PhD only because you are interested ina PhD? what a shame. If PhD won't benefit your career, it is meaningless. What are your pragmatic reasons? You cannot continue without "real" reasons"
Having a passion to do a PhD is a good cause to carry on. Take a break. Nothing wrong with that. A month or two. But do not give up. Hitting the wall happens to full time students. From the forum here, I can see it happening after 1-2 years which is relatively 3-4 years part time PhD. I would call it mid-PhD crisis. Deal with it as it is really crisis but keep believing you will go through it. Set a break time and after the break start gradually. Go forward not because you have already spent time and money but because you wanted that from the beginning and you still want it. I wish you all the success.

Thread: Help choosing an institution/supervisor

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14-Nov-18, 11:51
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posted about 2 months ago
Hi. One important criterion is the rate of PhD completion of the supevisor. It might not be sufficient to be a nice guy according to a negative experience I had with a nice supervisor. Another important thing is how would you like him/her to communicate and what is his/her style of communications. Some students like to communicate daily, others once a month. Supervisors are the same. Which way suits you? If there is a chance to contact other PhD students in both groups it would be great. All the best.

Thread: Judging whether to working under a Potential Junior Supervisor at a Prestigious Institute

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12-Nov-18, 12:31
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Quote From tru:
Hi, monkia,

Let's see. You said:

- "he always replies late or forgets unless I sent a reminder"
- "he does not read my emails properly, do mistakes in my name"
- "although I have asked for Skype to clarify certain points, he did not reply"

I would disagree with tru in these three points. Unfortunately 90% of supervisors would do the same. I would continue communications until further new happens.

Thread: PhD or job offer

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12-Nov-18, 10:46
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Hi. I had a different experience but I would like to share it. It might help. I had a stable well paid job for six year but it did not include the research and development I wanted to do. So I left my job applied for Master and started in a new career field after 10 years of Bachelor graduation. After working for academia for 2 years I get a PhD position. I spent 5 years in RA role while doing PhD at same time but the PhD part did not work well. Now I am back in industry after 9 years of study and RA roles in academia. But now I do "partially" something I like. I do some research and development. I am much satisfied than I was 10 years ago.
My advice. Follow your passion. The industry will always be there. If you spend 4 years doing a PhD and then returned to industry even with the same salary you have now, but with different position which allows some research, you are a winner. In my opinion, 5 years industry + PhD is ways better than 10 years industry.

Thread: Postdoc application misery...

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08-Nov-18, 09:08
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Hi Nesrine87. I understand your concern. You will get a job do not worry. I agree with TQ in applying for RA roles. Some RA roles are paid exactly the same as Postdocs. I agree also that everyone has his own way. Some are lucky or clever enough to get their job directly in same lab others have to search. I am in the same senioriy level with some colleagues who are 15 years younger than me. Sometimes I feel a bit sorry for myself but most of the time I thank God that I do something I love. If I do not do it now, I might have to do it 10 years later with colleagues 25 years younger than me.

Thread: To cite or not to cite (conference paper)

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05-Nov-18, 12:38
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Hi. You do not have to cite it if you do not mention it in your study. If you have enough bibliography, it is fine. Normally you mention the most important studies in the same area which are more likely to be journals and high ranked conferences. But if you are going to mention something in the methodologies in this paper, cite it.

Thread: Not alone?

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02-Nov-18, 10:19
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Hi kate2112. I am sorry for the cruelness of acamdeia. I would tell you shortly my story which is not pleasant by the way. After I did my Master I wanted to do a PhD but could not find one because of difference in fees for EU and international students. I worked as RA and was told I can pursue a PhD at same uni but had to pay about 9000 GBP per years which means I would starve with my wife. I moved then to another country to do a PhD but was unsuccessful due to my own mistakes and poor supervision.
I was told that in academia there is no prospects without a PhD. There are some rare cases who survived permament posts with Master degree. Surprisingly academia is more about research not teaching. I feel your pain. All you can do is to try hard to finish the PhD. Focus more on it and work part time if possible. Try to be positive and hope for the best. Just keep progressing slowly and try to publish some papers. You will do it.
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