How would you choose for your PhD degree? Watch

guitar_player
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#1
Hello everyone, this is my first thread, and thank you for reading.

It is highly likely that I'll be doing a PhD degree on Musicology this September. I'm really lucky, my research proposal received some good responses, several good Universities responded with an offer.

Now I'm down to three different choices:
1 a really high ranking university plus a big-name supervisor in our field
2 lower ranking university but a very like-minded supervisors and exciting campus vibe
3 and the last one with nice ranking, and a very good city to live in (plus a chance to learn a third language)

I'm a university lecturer, so after my PhD there's a good chance that I will go back and work in a university.

So how would you choose and why?
0
reply
post-grad-u-ate
Badges: 11
Rep:
?
#2
Report 3 years ago
#2
When it comes to ranking you have to consider where the ranking comes from and there is associations and networks with the rankings so Oxford if ever has anything to do with London met and it is easier to go down than up and so I know of people that went to Cambridge but in the early stages of their career have lectured at low ranked universities to get their career going and it is likely that later on they will be teaching at higher ranked universities.

So it's as if there is some natural law that unless the lower ranked university with the like-minded supervisors are really calling out to you and drawing you in that it just feels right to make that choice then go for it.

Sounds fascinating and I wish you the best of luck.
0
reply
alleycat393
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#3
Report 3 years ago
#3
Uni ranking doesn't mean much unless it's a research based ranking in your field. I'd go with the like minded supervisor and the most interesting project because that's what can make your career not the uni ranking. Also The_Lonely_Goatherd is in a similar field so may have some more advice?
1
reply
The_Lonely_Goatherd
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#4
Report 3 years ago
#4
(Original post by guitar_player)
Hello everyone, this is my first thread, and thank you for reading.

It is highly likely that I'll be doing a PhD degree on Musicology this September. I'm really lucky, my research proposal received some good responses, several good Universities responded with an offer.

Now I'm down to three different choices:
1 a really high ranking university plus a big-name supervisor in our field
2 lower ranking university but a very like-minded supervisors and exciting campus vibe
3 and the last one with nice ranking, and a very good city to live in (plus a chance to learn a third language)

I'm a university lecturer, so after my PhD there's a good chance that I will go back and work in a university.

So how would you choose and why?
:wavey:

I'm guessing from the way that you've written the post that you don't want to disclose the unis in question? Are all three of these offers funded offers?

It's a bit hard to fully advise with a cryptic post, but I'm intrigued by how you've differentiated between "big-name supervisor" and "like-minded supervisor". It's all very well having a big-name supervisor and it's of course useful in some respects, but if they are too busy or too important to give you and your project proper attention, then it's actually far less useful than it sounds! Like-minded, on the other hand, indicates that they are more 'in tune' (if you'll pardon the pun!) with you and your proposed research project. I think it's really important to have someone who is not only better placed to advise about your project, but who is enthusiastic and can think creatively about it.

Depending on what your project within musicology actually is, I'd be inclined to say go for the second option out of the three. Like-minded is better than big-name imho (at least in terms of the PhD itself) and if you are already working as a university lecturer, perhaps the whole big scramble for postdoc funding post-PhD completion is less applicable to you?

Of course the best thing to do to REALLY differentiate between the three is to meet with the three supervisors (if you haven't already), BUT ALSO to try and meet informally with at least one of their students, to find out what these supervisors are REALLY like. Some of the biggest names can be the worst teachers and supervisors, in which case it's worth forgoing a "big-name" in order to have someone who will actually help with your project...

Hope this helps a bit! :musicus:
1
reply
guitar_player
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#5
Thank you all so much for the responses. I actually would love to work with like-minded supervisors myself, but just a bit worried that I'll regret in the future. Now I have better confidence in making my choice. And to The_Lonely_Goatherd, the big name is Simon Frith, Sociomusicologist in University of Edinburgh. But he'll be retiring in a year so I have to change supervisor midway. So I'm going to Goldsmiths instead.
0
reply
David B
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#6
Report 3 years ago
#6
(Original post by guitar_player)
Thank you all so much for the responses. I actually would love to work with like-minded supervisors myself, but just a bit worried that I'll regret in the future. Now I have better confidence in making my choice. And to The_Lonely_Goatherd, the big name is Simon Frith, Sociomusicologist in University of Edinburgh. But he'll be retiring in a year so I have to change supervisor midway. So I'm going to Goldsmiths instead.
Good luck. And Congratulations.
0
reply
The_Lonely_Goatherd
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#7
Report 3 years ago
#7
(Original post by guitar_player)
Thank you all so much for the responses. I actually would love to work with like-minded supervisors myself, but just a bit worried that I'll regret in the future. Now I have better confidence in making my choice. And to The_Lonely_Goatherd, the big name is Simon Frith, Sociomusicologist in University of Edinburgh. But he'll be retiring in a year so I have to change supervisor midway. So I'm going to Goldsmiths instead.
Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely LOVE to work with SF myself but if he's retiring in a year, then it's probs better to go with Goldsmiths. Also, SF is def someone who is far too busy for his own good, sadly :sadnod: (I totally didn't send him a fangirl/networking-type email, only to be disappointed with the one-line reply, haha )

Who will you be working with at Goldsmiths? I did my MA in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths and had an awesome time
0
reply
guitar_player
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#8
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#8
(Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
Don't get me wrong, I would absolutely LOVE to work with SF myself but if he's retiring in a year, then it's probs better to go with Goldsmiths. Also, SF is def someone who is far too busy for his own good, sadly :sadnod: (I totally didn't send him a fangirl/networking-type email, only to be disappointed with the one-line reply, haha )

Who will you be working with at Goldsmiths? I did my MA in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths and had an awesome time
Barley Norton and Keith Negus!
0
reply
The_Lonely_Goatherd
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#9
Report 3 years ago
#9
(Original post by guitar_player)
Barley Norton and Keith Negus!
Both were my MA dissertation supervisors :king1: :yep: Can highly recommend both as supervisors. Nice guys, both of them, though KN can be rather quite and mysterious - he's a guy of few words.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll have an absolutely fantastic time. Sounds like potentially we work in similar areas (I'm ethnomusicology meets popular music), so maybe see you at a conference or two once you start :ahee:
0
reply
guitar_player
Badges: 0
Rep:
?
#10
Report Thread starter 3 years ago
#10
(Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
Both were my MA dissertation supervisors :king1: :yep: Can highly recommend both as supervisors. Nice guys, both of them, though KN can be rather quite and mysterious - he's a guy of few words.

Good luck, I'm sure you'll have an absolutely fantastic time. Sounds like potentially we work in similar areas (I'm ethnomusicology meets popular music), so maybe see you at a conference or two once you start :ahee:
wooowow, small world. Yes I did a little campus visit, they are really nice, and I love the campus' energy. I'll be working of Ethnomusicology on Hang/Handpan and street music. Yup, definitely might bump into each other.

Thank you for your reply.
0
reply
The_Lonely_Goatherd
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#11
Report 3 years ago
#11
(Original post by guitar_player)
wooowow, small world. Yes I did a little campus visit, they are really nice, and I love the campus' energy. I'll be working of Ethnomusicology on Hang/Handpan and street music. Yup, definitely might bump into each other.

Thank you for your reply.
Yeah it's a buzzing place, haha! I wish I'd got more involved with stuff there - I just went in and out of lectures, coz I was commuting from home. Great library too, in case you haven't seen it - lots of handy books for us ethnomusicologists

No worries, always happy to help out a fellow ethno student
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • University of Surrey
    Postgraduate Open Afternoon Postgraduate
    Wed, 23 Oct '19
  • University of Bristol
    Undergraduate Open Afternoon Undergraduate
    Wed, 23 Oct '19
  • University of Exeter
    Undergraduate Open Day - Penryn Campus Undergraduate
    Wed, 23 Oct '19

Would you turn to a teacher if you were being bullied?

Yes (38)
26.03%
No (108)
73.97%

Watched Threads

View All