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Felicitations,
Friend of mine's really struggling to find a research subject for his PhD, there are so many resources aimed at writing a good proposal for your subject, can anyone suggest one for choosing a good subject?
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Has he spoken to some potential supervisors? That's the normal route.

What subject?
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Has he spoken to some potential supervisors? That's the normal route.

What subject?
Can't seem to get hold of them at the moment -_-
Really hoping we can get some progress over the weekend so trying here.
He's looking for something in the pharmacological area, ideally clinical studies around diabetes treatment... I can't even begin to describe how far outside my experience it is lol
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Has he spoken to some potential supervisors? That's the normal route.

What subject?
How would you approach them with this? Curious as I'll be making the decision of whether to do a PhD in less than a year!
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Felicitations,
Friend of mine's really struggling to find a research subject for his PhD, there are so many resources aimed at writing a good proposal for your subject, can anyone suggest one for choosing a good subject?
Many thanks
Something my academic referee and mentor suggested was doing a lot of reading in an area of interest and then finding gaps in the literature. It's worked well for me but I'm not at PhD level yet.
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How would you approach them with this? Curious as I'll be making the decision of whether to do a PhD in less than a year!
Decision's looming for me too, part of the reason i'm helping out... That and pizza
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Something my academic referee and mentor suggested was doing a lot of reading in an area of interest and then finding gaps in the literature. It's worked well for me but I'm not at PhD level yet.
Cheers, he's either working that angle as we speak or has fallen asleep in a corner
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Decision's looming for me too, part of the reason i'm helping out... That and pizza
Haha! Pizza's always very good motivation.
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Can't seem to get hold of them at the moment -_-
Really hoping we can get some progress over the weekend so trying here.
He's looking for something in the pharmacological area, ideally clinical studies around diabetes treatment... I can't even begin to describe how far outside my experience it is lol
I can't really speak for pharmacology, but in maths it's really hard to come up with a specific topic prior to applying, even if you do speak to a supervisor. Most universities don't expect it (but they might for pharmacology). Good luck with the supervisors - getting in touch with them is a massive help.

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How would you approach them with this? Curious as I'll be making the decision of whether to do a PhD in less than a year!
I can only speak for my subject (maths), but what I did was find their contact details on the university website, then send them a polite, formal e-mail, with a (very brief) introduction to who you are, and asking if they are interested in taking on PhD students, or if anyone in their department is.

Generally they are very helpful. I contacted three - two agreed to meet me, and one said I could meet them at the standard open day.

In maths you aren't really expected to know your PhD subject before applying, just the general area.
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Your first step should be to look for projects on somewhere like findaphd.com. Science projects are typically already funded and set up with PIs looking for students to take on. Then contact potential supervisors. Alternatively look for people who do work you're interested in and see if they can take you on.
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