Since my last blog I have been scouring the internet for advice on applying for PhDs. The first thing I came across was a blog from a previous University of Leicester blogger, Lilian. She talks about her experience applying for PhDs, her successful application to the University of Leicester, and her advice for future applicants you can find her blog here.
The second thing I came across was a video from one of my favorite Youtubers Simon Clark. He did a PhD in atmospheric physics and vlogged the whole thing! As well as vlogs and science videos, he makes videos giving advice to both prospective undergraduates and postgraduates.
The first helpful video I found basically explained how this whole PhD thing works. A PhD seems very unlike anything I have done before, so it’s helpful to have it outlined simply for me.
The second video I want to recommend is also from Simon Clark, in this video he interviews PhD supervisors. This is possibly the most useful video I have found because really the application process is just trying to convince supervisors why you are the best fit for the research they want doing.
When term starts I’m planning to talk to my tutor and get some advice from him as well. Really, as is the case with most things in life, the more perspectives you can get, the better.
“Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.”