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It's not really possible to answer your question/s as the scope of 'what lies ahead' and how to manage that is very, very wide.
The PhD process depends on many factors including discipline/subject, background of the candidate (do you have research experience? if so, how recent? etc), the motivation & desire to complete (is this 'just for the sake of it'? or have you been planning to undertake the degree for a while?), financial situation can be a major factor as can support - family, friends (although the need for this varies from person to person) and they are just the external factors, we haven't even gotten to the nuts & bolts of the degree itself.
I would suggest going to Amazon and doing a search for some books, a great all-round 'how-to' that explains the process of setting up your research is "Destination Dissertation" - this is a wise investment for your studies and may help to give you an idea of what the degree is like and also has excellent information management strategies. There are also many websites and books that deal with the challenges of the degree & forums such as this where you can see for yourself what the day-to-day concerns of many PhD students are like. Time spent finding some relevant sites and reading around your general area to see what the latest debates and issues are (associations in your discipline are a good starting point for notices of conferences and publications).
I'm sorry I can't tell you exactly what your experience will be like. It just differs for everyone. But if you are motivated and realistic about the time and energy you will need, the dedication that it can demand from you then you are off to a good start.
Good luck - this can be such an exciting time, anticipating your topic/area, having the luxury/privilege of immersing yourself within a scholarly area & conversation that interests you. I look forward to hearing about your progress. :-)
NB: I have just realised that your subject is creative writing - does this mean that you are doing a professional doctorate? If so, that is a different beast to the PhD & much of what I have said may not be applicable to your circumstances.
If you are comfortable in your knowledge of your area is it possible to finish your dissertation without this current supervisor? Alternatively, can you follow your supervisor to his/her new institution? Even if you are off-campus this may be a way to keep her on your team. Also, is your supervisor the type of person who would be willing to continue contact on a casual 'needs-be' basis so that if you are really stuck there is someone you can email/call?
At this stage it sounds like this may or may not happen but it is good to start considering alternatives so that the interruption to your studies is minimised. I am sure that when the time comes your supervisor will be willing to talk to you about alternatives & can probably offer ideas/advice I haven't thought of as well.
I can't help with your question - sorry!
But, I did want to point out that it is usually considered 'bad form' to take up 2 threads on one question & sometimes people will ignore threads as they think the poster is being 'rude' or 'pushy'
I am very new here so it may be that this is done more often than in other forums & I am not writing to criticize or make you feel bad - it's not a huge deal or anything .. just a heads up for future posts :)
Good luck with your question
+ 1 to the other 2 posters.
Going straight into a PhD with a 2.2 would be doubtful as best but having a good m.sc will support your application so make sure that you do your best with that
+ 1 to what Lughna said both re the indeterminate nature of research topics and access to journals/research materials. Searching Google is not going to give you comprehensive results - google scholar is a better bet to start with but you need access to journals and journal databases - proquest may be helpful to ascertain PhD dissertations in your field/topic but there is (as perviously said) the chance that someone will submit 'tomorrow'. Keeping up to date with research in your field is the only way to address this so gaining access is vital.
It is nice that you have bothered to try and find out more about your GF's situation/experiences, she is lucky to have you supporting her in this way.
If she has submitted and is awaiting viva, then she is on the downhill slope at the moment & although I am sure she is stressed about upcoming viva, this should all be over and done with soon. She may get a pass with minor/major revision or a re-submit which will mean continuing to work with the dissertation for a little while longer but, she may pass without revisions and that will be that!
You haven't indicated if she will be looking for work in academia so that may be the next hurdle as she tries to find a post in a very tight market ... but that is another story.
For the moment, I would suggest continuing what you have already been doing - be there for her when she needs support/a shoulder to cry on - for some people the end can be very emotional & let her 'vent' if she needs to. While you can't know what she is going through, I am sure she would love to talk about her research with you (if she doesn't already), especially if she is as passionate as you say she is.
Good luck to you both :)
This is question that depends on your institution and your discipline. Your university should have some literature regarding requirements - have you asked at the graduate students office?
I also highly recommend searching for a good book - personally I found "Destination Dissertation" to be very useful with loads of practical advice.
While it is impossible to say with 100% what will or will not happen with any given institution in any given country, normally any successfully completed study can be transferred without any problems at all as Universities accept each others marks/grades across the board in most circumstances. Details of this should be in the application documents at the university you are going to apply to - usually there is a section for PhD/research applications about 'previous study' or 'previously completed research' - something to that effect.
What you may find is some loss of time/work switching supervisors as you bring your new supervisor up to date with what you have been doing - but this can be minimal if you can find a good fit at your new institution.
I too was a 'wunderkind' at my university & sailed through with 1st hons (skipped ma) got fully funded PhD - I didn't run into academic adversity in the PhD, but I began to question whether having everything from my (mid-rate) university was going to be the best career-move, plus, I think I was just burnt out.
I ended up leaving about 12 months into the degree & was away fro 5 years doing something totally different. I have re-entered now & am much happier at a different university and with working/self-funding for the first ha;f of the degree anyway - although I may take a year of to finish.
I think everyone's PhD journey is very different & although it may be time for you to consider whether this is what you really want for the next few years, it may just be a rough couple of weeks that will prove to be a turning point in your research. My advice would be not to rush to any type of action but to see this period through for a while - talk to your sup if you can, perhaps a campus counsellor and take a step back from your work & really allow yourself to assess what you want to do.
I feel awful because I could not help but laugh while reading this!
I mean no offence to you tea4two - in fact I am horrified that this behaviour is happening to you - but seriously, why is this guy not locked up? Can you film him & pop it on YouTube? .... that would certainly bring thing to a head ...
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