I'm hoping to gain realistic insight into the PhD experience. If anyone would be willing to share their experiences of doing a PhD, I would really appreciate it as I am considering doing one.
For those of you doing a PhD - what do you love and/or hate about it? Watch
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- 16-12-2010 23:06
- 17-12-2010 12:51
I love it. I'm a second year and although it has been challenging it has been very rewarding too. It is one of my main hobbies! You're always doing a number of tasks simultaneously e.g. empirical based research such as secondary source data collection and literature reviews, primary data collection, analysis and interpretation of both primary and secondary data, ethics stuff, attending training courses, utilising methods of a methodology (or aspects of a methodology), assessment, preparing research papers for conferences, going to events and venues etc. It is by no means a linear process. You might find that some findings contradict other findings, so conclusions for a particular aspect of the research are not necessarily straight forward. You might need to set up some pilot experiments to find out x, y and z that hasn't really been found out before and develop these further. There are also a number of different avenues to potentially take and material that may be relevant or irrelevant. It should however be carried out systematically. There is also structure as you have a number of aims to fulfil the research question. It is awesome!Last edited by WoWZa; 17-12-2010 at 13:02.
- 17-12-2010 13:13
And you get to squeeze oranges.