My search for PhD


Katherine came to our PostgraduateStudentships PhD Funding Fair in 2014.* We caught up with her a year later to find out how her search for a PhD was going:

I am actually just about to start my PhD at Cardiff University. I had to take a couple of months break in between my Masters finishing and beginning the PhD because my supervisor was on a research sabbatical but I can't wait to get started now.

I am going to be doing the PhD with the university and supervisor that I found at the PhD Funding Fair, a result I never expected!

I went straight from undergraduate study into my Masters and wanted to do the same with my PhD. I am passionate about my subject and have always wanted to continue studying and challenging myself; it was an easy decision. However, having to fund the PhD did make me question my decision, but ultimately I did not want to limit my education because of financial reasons. I wasn’t ready to finish studying the subject I love. I also wanted to advance my prospects for my future career and I know more education will help.

When it came to choosing a university for my PhD, I looked at institutions which had large expertise in my chosen field and with lecturers I would like to work with.

For my PhD I was a lot more focused on the person I would be working with rather than what the university was like. The offer of a fantastic supervisor definitely most influenced my choice of PhD.

Through speaking to current and past students I got a sense of what a PhD would be like, as well realities such as what it was like commuting to the university.

Advice from current lecturers really helped me in my search - and the PostgraduateStudentships PhD Funding Fair in London. If it wasn’t for the fair, it would definitely have taken me a lot longer to find the right institution!

PostgraduateStudentships thanks Katherine for taking the time to talk to us and wish her all the very best with her PhD. We will be sure to catch up with her again to find out how she is getting on.

* Check out Katherine's video feedback of the PhD Funding Fair.


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