How to apply for a PhD?Watch
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Hi, I have just finished my undergrad and will be starting my master's in October. I am considering applying for a PhD but am not entirely sure how the process of applying for a PhD works. I would like to do my PhD on HIV, thus would I simply make a PhD application for microbiology and then choose HIV as my topic once enrolled on the PhD? As you can probably tell, I really do not know much about PhDs. If someone could shed some light on how to apply and possibly share their experience on what it's like doing a PhD that would be great!
In either case, it is likely that you will be expected to already have research experience. Assuming you want a funded PhD (and you should never self-fund a PhD), you will be competing against people who have already published papers so if you do not have any research experience already, getting some should be your absolute priority. Funding for PhDs is limited so potential supervisors are not going to be enthusiastic about gambling on a student without a proven track record in research!
In terms of finding a PhD, FindAPhD is a great resource (it's primarily UK-based although some international projects are on there too).