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    In two weeks I have an interview for a PhD in regenerative medicine. The PhD is part of a CDT, so it is a fully funded programme over a 4 year period. There are maybe 10 or so places per year, and attracts students from life sciences, engineering, chemistry and physics.

    Students do not pick their project title until the end of their first year, so we are not applying for a PhD title as such, but more for the programme itself. We are expected to have an idea of what we would like our project to be on, so rather than having a 'research proposal' prepared, we are expected to have a 'research interest(s).'

    If anyone has had an interview for a CDT, whether in regenerative medicine or another science area, please can you offer any advice on what to expect and how best to prepare for the interview?

    Any help will be gratefully received.
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    Do your homework about the program, potential supervisors and projects being offered. You should also be able to talk about why this program, uni, department, what your skills and experiences are so far, why a PhD and what your career plans are. Make sure you also have questions to ask them to show you've done your homework and are thinking about this seriously.
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    Thank you alleycat! I went for a interview for a very similar CDT at another Uni and I realised I got too bogged down with technical knowledge. The interview turned out to be more focused on generic PhD questions e.g. why a PhD, what challenges have you overcome, name a time when etc. I want to be able to show I have the scientific knowledge but I think I need to focus on the standard PhD type questions like those you have suggested.
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    Remember that a PhD doesn't necessarily define your career. You're doing it to learn to do independent research. Unless you're applying for a specific project, which is not the case with a CDT, they're more interested in your suitability for a PhD rather than your specific knowledge. A general interest in the research that they do is sufficient but don't shy away from stating preferences if asked.
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    That's a good point. I will take your advice on how I approach this. Again, thank you!
 
 
 
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