A PhD viva is the culmination of all your years of study and training. It is how you are assessed to see if you are 'worthy' of the Dr title. But it is also a source for a lot of stress for PhD students. No matter how prepared you can be, you will never predict [...]
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Over the past year I have reflecting on my whole PhD journey and collaborated with the wonderful guys and gal over at Reagent Genie to create a series of blog posts from me sharing loads of different PhD advice. It ranges from tips for writing your thesis, to maintaining self-care, to adjusting to life after [...]
So.... I think I should start this post off with an apology. It has happened again where I have had to put the blog on the back burner whilst I focussed on other things that were more pressing and it has been basically two months since I last shared something on Soph talks science. So [...]
At what point on the PhD journey does a PhD end? If you have been following this blog for a little while then you will know that back in September 2018 I submitted my PhD thesis, and then three months later in December I successfully defended my thesis and passed my viva. Since then I [...]
So, you're a PhD student and you have spent at least the last three to four years of your life conducting exciting and novel research into a field that you are passionate about and interested in. But now it is time for the dreaded thesis write up and you have no idea how to start? [...]
The dreaded PhD viva. But how prepared can you really be? The nature of the exam at the end of your PhD journey that determines whether you are awarded your doctorate or not can be a daunting and overwhelming thought. So, naturally the need for any PhD student is to be as prepared as possible. [...]
Are you curious about what happens in a PhD viva? Are you trying to suss out what to expect? Well - I thought it was about time that I shared my PhD viva experience in order to help you do just that. So, take a deep breath, sit back and relax while I take you [...]
The writing up stage of a PhD is both incredibly exciting but also a completely terrifying point of the PhD journey. Some people dread it and some can't wait to reach that stage. Having recently come out the other end myself and submitted my PhD thesis, I thought I would share some of the best [...]
My PhD thesis is written and I am in that awkward in-betweeny phase where I am waiting for my viva date and that oral examination which will determine whether I am worthy of the title Dr or not, and also delaying writing what will be my final PhD advice & experience blog posts while I [...]