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Thread: failing before the PhD

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28-Oct-19, 09:53
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I am very sorry to hear this and it does not sound fair at all. If they don't give you a third chance you should appeal. As after the first viva they gave you feedback and you delivered the changes. Then they failed you a second time for a completely different reason and admitted they failed you the first time for these previously unspecified reasons. Therefore their feedback was not appropriate and purposefully mislead you. You should be allowed to try the exam again now that you have the true

I think you should contact the students union and the postgraduate support team (or similar). As well as record all interactions with them. I wish you the best of luck.

Thread: Second year engineering PhD in UK, thinking of quitting to get an industry job?

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23-Oct-19, 01:10
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I felt the same way and got through it. My interdisciplinary project is awful and borderline impossible from a methodology perspective (we don't have the right equipment). My research would be phenomenally better with better equipment and I know someone in another uni will repeat my work to a better standard. Which is a bit of a bummer as I know my work will be insignificant in the long term (like most research). Yet I kept asking myself what else would I be doing instead of a PhD. I looked for jobs at one point and realised that I was in the field in that I wanted to be in. I know my job prospects are bleak but I will have a PhD in the relevant field which counts for something.

There is nothing wrong with looking around and considering your options. You have probably realised that you don't like academic life, which is more than fine. Most PhD students get tired of academia and worry about jobs afterwards. I think there is nothing wrong with considering your options and deciding if finishing your PhD is the best decision. Though if you are doing well with your PhD you can always aim to finish early and move on with your life.

Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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23-Oct-19, 00:49
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An MChem involves 2 research projects, 1 in year 3 and 1 in year 4. So I'd be surprised if Mscs are considered more valuable. Can you apply for an MRes easily with a 2:2, then stay for a PhD (1 + 3)?


I did an MEng and wish I did the MSc instead. For industry there is usually very little difference between MChem and MSc however for research there are small but significant differences. Usually integrated masters require less credits and the there is more focus on teamwork. MSc students also have the opportunity to do research over the summer and they are expected to do more research for their dissertation. Those and other small things prepare you slightly better for exclusively research based PhDs. You can get a PhD with an integrated masters and I know lots of PhDs students at RG universities with integrated masters but there is a small preference. Also you can still apply for an MRes after an Mchem.

Thread: Philosophy, Literature or Theology MA?

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22-Oct-19, 22:28
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Do you like philosophy enough to spend 3 years studying it? I would seriously consider doing a masters in philosophy or a double masters in philosophy and something else, before doing a PhD in it.

Thread: PhD with 2:2 MChem possible?

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22-Oct-19, 22:25
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Why would you be at a disadvantage with an MChem as opposed to an MSc? Which unis did you apply to? And with an MRes, is it 1 year MRes and 3 years PhD? Do you think my year in industry could help me here?


MRes involves actual research and is a better indication of your research ability than a taught MChem. While a year in industry can be useful, you would need to explain why it is useful ie. transferable skills or knowledge. Though I agree with Cat, a 2:2 doesn't look that good, especially at prestigious universities.

Thread: If I leave an EPSRC funded PhD, will I be ineligible for another EPSRC PhD in the future?

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22-Oct-19, 22:19
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Don't quote me but I think you would still be eligible for EPRSC funding. However I think the university would take into consideration a previous non-completion during the application process.

I take it you are thinking of quitting?

Thread: PhD research proposal for astrophysics/particle physics

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22-Oct-19, 22:13
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I am sorry no one answered earlier but that looks like an okay guide. The proposal can vary in length depending on the application/funding body but I would aim to keep it between 2-4 pages. The proposal structure can vary a lot, however I think you should aim to explain the gap in knowledge and how you want to solve it. Introduce the topic, explain the current state of the art but also say what you think needs to be researched. They aren't looking for a detailed literature review but you should use literature to explain/confirm parts of the proposal.

I structured my proposal as follows; introduction to a high level problem (global warming) and possible solution (my field). I then explained that there was some large problems in that field with regards to commercialisation (had a couple of references to back it up). Introduced my topic and how it would solve one of the problems. I then listed a pile of potential problems with my topic, followed by possible solutions (I threw in a lot of buzzwords). Finally I mentioned what equipment I would use and what I would initially focus on. BTW, it was a 2 page proposal for a fully funded project (title was already decided) in engineering.

Thread: Publishing things you don´t want because of your advisor

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21-Oct-19, 18:10
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Reviewers butchered my paper to focus on an aspect that I think is trivial. I proposed using a different fields' assessment criteria to demonstrate the novelty of the work. However the reviewers believe that I cannot mix assessment criteria, so I must ignore a significant chunk of my work. However, I see that an imperfect published paper is better than an unpublished "perfect" paper.

Do you disagree with your supervisor's hypothesis or just the forced inclusion? I wouldn't worry about referencing your supervisor, as the reviewers will make you include some random articles as well.

Thread: research proposal for phd

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21-Oct-19, 10:25
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Need more info!

Like do you have already have a research question? Are you struggling with defining the novelty, structure or style? We can't help you without basic info.

Thread: Can you do an MRes if you have a MSc to lead onto PhD?

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21-Oct-19, 10:23
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Your industry experience will matter more than your MSc from 12 years ago. Universities consider mature students differently and understand that your experience is valuable. Though have you considered funding for a second masters? Also, you will probably get asked about your pass at MSc and it would be good to have a answer explaining that.

Thread: Transferring from UK to France (Funding)

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21-Oct-19, 10:14
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Is your UK funding secure? Because you could continue your PhD in the UK but do the work in the France. There are lots of travel schemes for European travel and you could become a visiting student at the French Uni. That way you could probably keep your current funding without losing your supervisor. It is not ideal but could be a stop-gap.

I don't know anyone who has moved their PhD to another country but I know a few people who have moved between UK universities. When their supervisors moved, the supervisor usually asked for funding as part of their job application. I think it is easier in the UK because research councils somewhat standardize funding with similar regulations.

Thread: Research Council Funding: +3.5 or 1+3?

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12-Oct-19, 14:12
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So you have a masters degree and you are wondering if if you need a second masters to do a PhD?

Many people before you have done PhDs without a specialized masters and have done quite well. You learn quite a lot as you go through your PhD; from experience, your supervisor and other PhD students. Their are also books that you can read or you could just copy someone else's method.So you don't need a specialized masters to succeed, I think 3+1 has benefits if you focus on methods and topics directly related to your PhD.

Also, I know my department (Engineering), they prefer 3+1 students over 3.5, and will push people towards 3+1. As the masters part of the course is relatively profitable to run and my department likes money. So if you applied for both at my uni they would accept you onto the 3+1.

Thread: Urgent advice on PhD offers needed! Should I accept my Australian DTP offer?!

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10-Oct-19, 18:50
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A PhD is three years of pain, suffering and misery

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It's not quite as bad as that rewt. :-D

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A PhD should not be full of pain and sufferring. It only is when you have bad supervisors, have no guidance and lack resources, in which case it's probably best to get out of that PhD ASAP.


That was a very bad way to put it and I was having an awful day yesterday. PhDs are not full of pain and suffering but there definitely are bad days. Though if you don't enjoy the topic you will have more bad days than good, in my opinion.

Thread: Research Council Funding: +3.5 or 1+3?

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09-Oct-19, 22:14
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I agree with Tudor_Queen, a 3+1 scheme is great if you think you need an extra year of learning skills.

Thread: Urgent advice on PhD offers needed! Should I accept my Australian DTP offer?!

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09-Oct-19, 22:12
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A PhD is three years of pain, suffering and misery but it is worth it the end because you like the topic. If you don't like the topic now, you will hate it in 3 years.
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