I've realised I would really like to go back to study but how

(6 Posts)
incywincyspideragain Tue 30-Aug-16 17:19:57

I have a masters already and a professional job but actually what I would like to do it study in greater depth - possibly go into research, how to you go about finding out about doing a PhD??

ChipInTheSugar Thu 08-Sep-16 20:56:09

Bumping this for you as I'm in a similar position! Have you checked your local uni for PhD courses? I'd be doing an EdD, but the application form is putting me off! Doesn't bode well grin

LRDtheFeministDragon Fri 09-Sep-16 08:04:48

It depends a lot on the subject of your MA. For many Arts/Humanities subjects, you would need a proposal relating to what you wanted to study, and this would explain why what you're doing will produce original research. Ideally, you'd approach a university or more to discuss this with potential supervisors working in the right area, and they'd help you refine the proposal. For many Science subjects (and some Arts/Hums) you would find an existing project, and you'd apply to work on that, with a discrete area of research as your project.

The site jobs.ac.uk will let you search for PhD studentships, and looking at a few of those in your field might help you get some idea.

incywincyspideragain Mon 12-Sep-16 21:01:33

Thanks - I have an MEng, still clueless, I don't have an idea of what I would like to research to write a proposal and feel and but stupid contacting a university to say that

off to look at jobs.ac.uk!

Myheartisbeating Mon 12-Sep-16 21:12:17

findaphd.co.uk (or .com? I can't remember!) is where you want to go! You need to decide on an area you want to spend the next 3/4 years of your life studying. Then if you can afford to self fund or not. If self funding, you can pretty much do anything but you'll need to organise a supervisor so speak to specialists in your area of interest to see if you can find someone willing to take you on and if your proposed research question is worthwhile. If looking for a funded position, you just need to keep looking until you find one in the area you're interested in. In my area (veterinary) most funded studentships are advised in January

LRDtheFeministDragon Mon 12-Sep-16 21:42:21

incy - I think if you're in that area, you'd probably be working on a bigger project anyway, so my points about needing to write a proposal (for Arts/Hums) may not be so much of an issue.

FWIW, I think self-funding is a bad idea.

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