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Phd pre interview
Soberfutures · 06/05/2019 08:41
Hoping someone can help.
I have a meeting to discuss a research mphil (phd) where they have already set a question. I am very interested in the subject question hence why I want to be successful.
This isn't a full interview but a meeting to have an informal chat about the research project and my own interest. BUT I am aware the first meeting will set the scene for the future.
So what can I do to make myself stand out and show i am capable not just on the academic side but on my interest on the subject. Do I take examples of my work so far? Do I need to be able to quote names and dates without hesitation?
I am trying to work out what questions they may ask. So how many hours am I expected to study and how many papers should I be attempting to read each week/month to keep on top of a 3yr PhD?
Any help would be great thank you.
downcasteyes · 08/05/2019 08:43
It depends a bit which faculty you are in, I think.
I would be impressed by: a sound knowledge of wider reading and an inquiring attitude towards the central question that is theoretically informed and that shows some independence of mind and ability to think originally and creatively. It's not so much about names/dates as having a grasp of the central points of debate in the area. If it's a PhD that is linked to grant income, showing some awareness of the wider work that the people in the team are conducting can help.
In terms of hours/papers - it's not something you can count or measure. You can get a PhD these days with very little effort or input. Many students are really lazy about how much stuff they tackle, and the academy is increasingly staffed with people who are lacking in the most basic philosophical coordinates for their work, especially in the social sciences. Or you can absolutely nail the thing doing a LOT of reading which will stand you in good stead for the rest of your research career. Depressingly, it's up to you.
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