Apply for a PhD when already enrolled

posted
13-May-19, 10:34
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by patty
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posted about 1 week ago
Hi, I am having a hard time at the university I am doing my PhD and I was wondering if I can apply for a PhD at another university while I am still at my university (the PhD I would like to apply to is on a different topic). Thank you :)
posted
13-May-19, 14:31
by eng77
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posted about 1 week ago
Hi. Of course you can. Actually I would encourage you to do so. Do not get stuck in a PhD you do not like.
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13-May-19, 17:43
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by patty
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posted about 1 week ago
thank you eng77 :)
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14-May-19, 09:44
by eng77
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It could be helpful if you share here why you are having a hard time. I had a bad experience in my PhD and I might spot the real bad signs and the "normal" bad signs.
posted
16-May-19, 01:13
by abababa
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posted about 1 week ago
Yes, you *can* but I'd think carefully about:

a) Can you shape the current PhD to be what you want to do? If not, why not? If it's that is has restrictive funding requirements - and you're happy to give these up - it would be a good reason. If it's something more nebulous (don't *think* prof would let you do it), be careful these are certainties rather than assumptions before proceeding.

b) Accept that a PhD is often monotonous, repetitive, hard work. This is not a 'bad' PhD, it's often the nature of research. Switching topic will not magically fix this - you'll just realise the thing you thought was interesting is also monotonous, repetitive, hard work to investigate rigorously. Of course, this is a cynical perspective - the ideal situation is you're down the pub on a Friday explaining why what sounds as boring as hell to everyone else is super-interesting - because you're finding the monotonous, repetitive, hard work compelling.

c) It would be up to you, I'd presume, whether you disclose that you're currently doing a PhD elsewhere. As a supervisor I'd rather someone be up-front and explain why they want to switch - and be trying to assess if a) or b) above apply. I'd try to answer these questions to yourself, convincingly, so you can be up front and make the same convincing argument on the application, or rethink things.

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