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Thread: PhDs are expected to know everything. How to deal with this?

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07-Nov-17, 14:18
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So i am quite hesitate to tell people that i am doing a PhD. Majority of people who i know are expecting that i should know everything like a live wikipedia and my behaviour should be perfect. My employer also makes a joke (or not) that "you are a PhD, you should do something that my company can grow bigger" even though i work for only 2 days/week. Some of my friends are also making fun when i use swear words.

How do i deal with these?

Thanks

Thread: Is a PhD with a 2:2 and a pass at Masters possible?

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29-Oct-17, 11:47
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we are very much similar and i got accepted to study in 5 universities in the UK. If you want to hear from me, drop me a private message

Thread: I don't know which city i should move to?

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22-Oct-17, 22:53
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Hi Fallenorion and Tudor_Queen,

Thank you a lot for your sharing. I wanted to make sure if there are hidden issues about my case then i asked for my supervisors' opinions and they seemed didn't want me to move far away from Bradford and they are right that i should live next to supporting network at Bradford university. Well, so i decide to stay near the university otherwise it will affect my study. I might stay here for the first year and then think of moving. I will also look for a part time job in the university as well and hopefully i can get one.

Thread: I don't know which city i should move to?

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15-Oct-17, 16:27
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Thanks a lot Tudor_Queen,

Liverpool is great. I am also thinking about renting an airbnb when i have to a full week schedule in Bradford. I am not sure if i should tell my supervisors about moving to Liverpool.

Thread: I don't know which city i should move to?

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10-Oct-17, 21:50
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I've started my PhD in marketing at Bradford university.

i did my master in Liverpool and i love this city so much. When i moved to Bradford, i am so frustrated and don't want to live in this city. First, it seems isolated and the city is very quiet at weekend, there are just a few people walking in the city center. Second, i smell a lot of weed when i go to the city center, that is so scary, i feel unsafe to live in Bradford. Another thing is that Bradford it is too hilly. So i think i will live in another city. But i have to balance my studying times, working part time job, fees and times of transportation to and from Bradford.

The thing is i got a part time job when i was in Liverpool and my employer would love me come back. As i am self funded, i really need a job as well. so here are some cities i am considering to stay but every of them has pros and cons, so i would love to hear from you.

- Liverpool: I can see on the schedule that i only have to attend class only 3-4 days a month and 1 day meeting with my supervisors. So if i live in Liverpool, i can use Liverpool library to work on my PhD. I can travel to Bradford when there are sessions or meetings. But it takes 3 hours to travel from Liverpool to Bradford by National Express/ Train.
- Leeds: I like Leeds. I can travel to Bradford very easily but it's very far from Liverpool
- Manchester: it is in between Bradford and Liverpool. It takes only 1:20 hours to get to Bradford or Liverpool but accommodation is quite expensive.

About the part time job, is there possibility to work within university for PhD student? what are those kind of job for PhD student?

I am very appreciated if someone gives me solution about this.

Thread: Does anyone think about suicide?

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10-Oct-17, 21:05
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Hi Arthemesus,

You can be sad, you can be frustrated. But trust me, they are just temporary and imagine you are a big standing spring, when you have something drop into your head, you feel tensed and pressured, you are down for a while but after that you will push that object up backward. you will be back to who you are, with your family. It is not worth costing your life for just that thing.

Thread: Phd Defense

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06-Jul-17, 14:52
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wow i will need this in 2020

Thread: Funding in worse Uni or self funded top Uni?

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01-Jul-17, 07:13
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Queen's Belfast is a worse university? i thought it is a good one except the location

Thread: Is it normal to do self funding for a PhD

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13-Jun-17, 05:44
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Thank you Tudor Queen and Craigwhizz for sharing. I have an offer already, but i dont know what source of scholarship i can find in the UK. There is not much funding from my country Government, so i think no hope for scholarship. The ones that i intended to apply for were all closed and even if they are open, i don't think that i can be successful as my Master was a Pass (with >60 on average). I was applying at about 30 universities and after 4 months, only 1 accepted me as a self funded student. I don't know what PhD student life is, some told me there is not much to do but the others look very stressful. I am looking for opportunity to work at the university while doing the PhD but not so sure if it is easier for PhD students. I email my supervisors but he did not response anything. My tuition is for overseas so it is 3 times higher than UK/EU students.

Thread: Is it normal to do self funding for a PhD

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12-Jun-17, 18:17
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I am going to spend my own money for the PhD while most of friends that i know are funded. I think it is a good investment but still think i am abnormal to use my own money for it. So i wonder how many percentages of people go for a PhD with their own money roughly? How about you?

Thread: Is it important to do PhD in high ranking university?

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12-Jun-17, 18:10
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I am having an offer of a university for a PhD and expecting to have another 2-3 which are ranked lower than it. The tuition for me as overseas student is around £15,000 per year for 3 years. Another universities that i might be accepted have tuition of around £12,000 - 13,000 with one off international scholarship of around £1,500 - £2,000.

I think i am going to wait for the cheaper one, but it may be that the quality will also be cheaper too. However i think quality will also be similar because this will be independent research. What do you think? The universities include Salford, Swansea, Essex, Chester, Queen's Belfast.

Thank you.

Thread: No reply from PhD supervisor after interview?

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11-Jun-17, 16:15
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Thank you Treeofliife, Hanginthere and Pjlu. Actually i can secure a self funding, but t i don't know if it is worth it as it is quite high. The supervisor asks if i can do self funding for the first year, it might be that i can apply for the 2nd and 3rd but nothing is guarantee as Hanginthere said. I can see that most supervisors don't try to commit anything and let us decide, so i am still applying for a lower rank university for lower tuition, so i can save almost 6000-9000 for the 3 years period if i have an offer from a lower rank university. I am thinking of asking if i can apply to become a teaching assistant for my supervisor to earn some cash while doing the PhD. I will email him tomorrow, hopefully there are good news. Actually i was so picky but after so many times getting the reject letters, i have lost confidence and will do the PhD in whatever universities that give me the offer.

Thread: No reply from PhD supervisor after interview?

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10-Jun-17, 07:31
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Hi Tudor Queen and Pjlu, i didnot ask for scholarship and not apply for it. The supervisor said he will ask the admission team for me but he was not so sure. I have just email him again and got the offer already. It is a good news but infortuenately no scholarship even a penny. So i have to pay approximately £45,000 for the tuition for 3 years as i am classified as overseas students. My masters are Pass even though they are over 60, so it is quite hard to get scholarship.

Thread: No reply from PhD supervisor after interview?

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07-Jun-17, 17:16
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Hi Tudor Queen, agents are official representatives of the universities in the country where i am living. They can help students with completing the application, give consultation regarding tuition, accommodation, etc.

Thread: No reply from PhD supervisor after interview?

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07-Jun-17, 04:32
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Getting a position in PhD is not as easy as i though. Until now I got 2 interviews 2 weeks ago. The second one followed the first one only after 1 hour.

The first one:
I applied for a PhD position via the agent of the university about 3 month ago, after a month and a half, i got an email from the admission team that my application was not successful because they cannot find a supervisor for me and recommended that i should change the topic if i still wanted to study at this university. I submitted the second one. After 2 weeks, one supervisor email me sent me an email asking for interview about the first research proposal i submitted (not the second one). The interview was about 15-20 minutes. He was straight forward asking me why i wanted to study in this university and one more question about the topic. I was too honest to tell him that i know how it works but did not engage in working with it and some thing like that. He said it was no problem. The final question was about funding, my agent filled in the form that i will be self funded but i told him i need scholarship. He asked me to submit another application because the previous one was rejected (as he was not informed by that time), he also told me that he was not sure about funding but he would ask the admission team, telling that i am good enough to take the position. I got the reject email but no worry, he would talk to the admission team, he also asked me if i can pay the tuition of the first year. My agent submitted another application, then got notification that my application was withdrawn. I send the supervisor an email regarding this, My agents also so sent email to admission team but after 2 weeks, i got no reply.
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