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Thread: Failed viva

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03-Oct-19, 10:13
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posted about 2 months ago
I am sorry to hear this. As the others have said, talk with the graduate school and anyone senior about what you can do.

How bad is the revise and resubmit? Is it the entire concept, the data itself or overall quality?

Thread: I'm starting a PhD but the position I was waiting for just came out

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03-Oct-19, 10:03
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This new PhD is not an offer and it will probable be a least 6 months before starting. In your previous post you were worried about money and said you quit your old job. So can you support yourself until the next PhD starts, even if you get it?

Thread: Phd by Prior publication

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03-Oct-19, 09:55
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I thought most universities restricted PhDs by publication to members of staff or alumni. I honestly don't know any universities that publicly offer it and I think you would have better luck asking universities directly.

Thread: Waitinf for the decision after on-campust PostDoc interview?

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01-Oct-19, 10:12
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Send an email inquiring about when you can expect a decision or will it be decided soon, as you want to pursue other opportunities.

Usually, if they are not replying you haven't got the job. You can not be certain no-one else applied, as the head of the group could have received CVs informally from other people, similarly to yourself.

Thread: What should i prepare for the progression viva?

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01-Oct-19, 10:08
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You will be fine as they are looking for reasons to pass you. So as long as you explain your project/work so far and answer the questions competently they will be happy.

In my 1st year progression viva they asked about; general theory, why I was using these methods, had I considered some different approaches, what where my predicted results, could I also try this method, is this piece of planned work necessary and what is the impact of my work ( we even had a lovely chat about Arsenal's awful defence). They also corrected some minor errors from my 1st year report but mostly they seemed interested in my work. If you don't know the answer you can always answer with "I don't know but..." or "I haven't considered that opinion but..." .

Thread: Reference letter

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01-Oct-19, 10:06
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posted about 2 months ago
I would just give the other professors as references instead. No point risking it.

Thread: Should I go ahead with my phd?

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30-Sep-19, 11:07
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posted about 3 months ago
Do the PhD, you are overthinking it. A PhD is a new start and people don't care about your undergraduate degree. You only know if you will be good at it until you start, so take it as a fresh start.

Also, I am a PhD student and got a years worth of work rejected 4 times by 4 different journals. We all get rejected and it is how you get back up after it.

Thread: How to choose a theoretical framework for Master thesis?

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30-Sep-19, 09:59
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Maybe do a literature review?

Seriously, keep reading and do a detailed literature review. It will help you find a theory or concept that binds your ideas together. Or you will find it isn't possible, then you need to make the project smaller. I am an engineer so might not be the best person to answer but doing a very a good literature review helps immeasurably with any research project.

Thread: Reference letter

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30-Sep-19, 09:47
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Then stop giving him as a reference. Is there anyone else you know who would give a good reference instead?

Also how do you know he is not giving a good reference?

Thread: Average Length of PhD First Year Review?

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30-Sep-19, 09:46
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Mine was a 45 minute chat and that included quite a long chat about Arsenal FC. I don't think the meeting length is a good indicator at all.

Thread: PhD Fellowship is lower than I was told

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25-Sep-19, 11:30
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posted about 3 months ago
Quote From Sandrett:
[quote]but I cannot ignore that I'm payed for what I do


You are being paid to be a student. I understand that you are angry, that you have been lied to and your potential income has dropped quite significantly. However, I might be sounding harsh but the Marie Curie offer is gone and you made the best decision at that time.I think you should not regret it and consider this current PhD in a purely pragmatic way, is earning a PhD worth a few years of low pay? You cannot change the past but you can explain the point to your supervisor, ask for more money or supplement your income in other ways. I think you should do this PhD and remember in future to ask for job offers to be put into writing beforehand.

Thread: Anyone having supervisor phobia?

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24-Sep-19, 21:42
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Why are you afraid of them? Have they bullied you, have they been overly critical or are you afraid of their authority? I don't think you can address the phobia unless you identify the initial cause of it.

Though I am in a similar position with my second supervisor. Honestly it is more awkwardness than a phobia. But I think I have talked with my second supervisor 3-4 times in person during the last 2 years. I am socially awkward with people I don't know well and I hate making small talk with her. She is friendly, if not somewhat direct, but I don't feel comfortable. I occasionally email her and my main supervisor is good friends with her though I avoid having to talk with her in person to the extent, I avoid talking with her at all. My main supervisor knows about this and thinks it is irrational. I know I need to get past this barrier but I keep delaying it. If I were to do it again I would have gotten to know her better when I first started. So PaperOrPerish, if you have any good ideas please share.

Thread: possible outcomes of minor corrections

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24-Sep-19, 21:23
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posted about 3 months ago
Someone in my office asked the same question recently and got an unofficial answer. Allegedly at my university, minor corrections are to be accepted if a "genuine effort" is made to correct them. So as along as you try to fix all the requested corrections you will get passed.

Thread: PhD Fellowship is lower than I was told

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24-Sep-19, 21:09
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Just for reference, I am in the UK and get £1200 a month. During term time I roughly get an extra £300 from extra teaching/marking (5 hours a week at £16.50 per hour) and have no mandatory teaching obligations.

Low pay is a typical part of a PhD and 1100 sounds right unless you are in an expensive city. I don't know how much it varies in other countries but I don't think you will get a much higher salary, unless the PhD has special funding. If money matters so much, I would recommend not to do a PhD . If you turn this down you will have turned down 2 PhDs and you will regret both decisions. You might be able to supplement your fellowship with extra teaching but 1100 should be enough to live on.

Thread: Examiners judging my research on the wrong elements?

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16-Sep-19, 18:03
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posted about 3 months ago
Hi Azhan,

Did they ask for corrections or any form of remediation? If it isn't too much, I would do what they say and learn from it. It is very common in academia to get bad reviewers who do not understand your research and there is nothing you can do about it. You can explain to them why they are wrong but it is usually easier to do what they say and move on with your life. If they are going to fail you it is entirely different but otherwise I would consider it a disagreement of opinion.
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