Strategies for a Successful Doctorate

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This session aims to help doctoral students prepare for navigating the challenges that undertaking a doctorate presents.

This course will:

  • explore the key challenges that a doctorate presents.
  • review the typical mistakes made by doctoral students (including those made by the course leader, Dr Karl M. Smith).
  • discuss short-cuts and strategies for successfully undertaking and completing a Doctorate.

After attending the participants will:

  • have an enhanced appreciation of what to prioritise to attain success in a Doctorate.
  • have an improved understanding of the various challenges that a Doctorate can present and what strategies can be employed to manage them.
  • be more aware that a Doctorate need not be a lone battle.

Who should attend: This session is for PGR 1, 2 but students at all stages of their doctorate are welcome .

Link to Researcher Development Framework:

Domain A Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities, Sub-Domain: Knowledge Base

Domain B Personal Effectiveness, Sub-Domain: Personal Qualities

Session will be led by Dr Karl Smith, Research Impact Manager and Research Excellence Framework Coordinator.

Please reserve your place by 25th April 2017, 3pm.

Note: Researchers Description

All Research Staff: includes Early Stage Researchers, Established Researchers, Leading Researchers

Early Stage Researchers: Contract researchers, Postdoc and early Career Researchers

Established Researchers: Staff with established research profile

Leading Researchers: Members of Professoriate and senior staff

Post Graduate Researchers: PGR 1, PGR2, PGR3

* Research Domain is derived from the Vitae Researcher Development Framework, available at:

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