What to do when your PhD experiments just aren’t working

It’s the nature of experimental work that things will go wrong. How you react to this is one of the most important determinants of PhD success. A natural response is to just try again. And again. And again. But, as Einstein said, “the definition of insanity is trying the same thing again and again and …

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Choose a research methodology that suits your character

I’ve written before about different research topics being suitable for different people. What makes a good project for one person might be totally unsuitable for another (hence why I don’t provide thesis topics). The same applies to specific research methodologies. As an undergraduate I always enjoyed lab work more than lectures, so it made much …

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How to cope with an absent PhD supervisor

Unfortunately, there is very little consistency in the amount of guidance and feedback PhD students receive; with some left for months or years with no contact at all. So what can you do if your PhD supervisor doesn’t supervise your PhD? Perhaps the most important tip is to make sure you keep pushing for support. …

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