New PhD students meet some existing PhD students. We try to ensure that PhD students have regular opportunities to mix with each other and with staff.
Our PhD supervisors are friendly, helpful and supportive.
Staff and PhD students regularly meet for coffee on Wednesday mornings. These weekly meetings provide a relaxed opportunity for both academic and social conversation.
Staff and PhD students meet together for a charity cake sale. There are many special events, both academic and social, that take place in the department where staff and PhD students can meet.
Yudan He successfully defended her PhD thesis at a viva. She is seen here with her supervisor, Professor Chris Kyriacou. All PhD students take an oral examination (the viva) after they have submitted their PhD thesis, where they have to respond to questions from an external examiner (an academic based at another university) and an internal examiner (an academic based at York).
A PhD student from Saudi Arabia was awarded the “Best Poster Prize” at the British Psychological Society “Psychology of Education” Conference held in York. He is shown here in front of his poster with Dr Anne Sheppard, who awarded the prize on behalf of the BPS North East Region Branch. Our students are encouraged to present papers and posters at academic conferences.
PhD students attend a buffet each term. Our students come from all corners of the world. We have built up particularly strong links over the years with Canada, China, Greece, Japan, Libya, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the USA.
Graduation Day – Our Degree Day Ceremony is a colourful event at which to celebrate your success. An honorary degree is presented to a distinguished person at each degree ceremony. The honorary graduate shown here is Doreen Lawrence (seated second from the right).
PhD students meet for afternoon tea. There are many social opportunities for informal meetings. These can provide a useful opportunity for students to meet informally with the PhD Programme Leader and with the PhD student representative to discuss how things are going.
Each term PhD students have the opportunity to listen to nationally and internationally renown speakers, including Professor Neil Mercer shown here
Estelle Morris, the former Minister of Education, recently presented on behalf of the Department of Education as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations
PhD students are invited to attend seminars where members of staff talk about a research study they are conducting, as well as to special public lectures, such as the inaugural lecture delivered by Professor Rob Klassen shown here
Three PhD workshops are held termly, called “Educational Research Group (ERG) Meetings” where PhD students present a 15-minute progress report on their research study to other PhD students. Each ERG meeting is typically attended by about 50 PhD students. The questions asked can be very helpful in developing your thinking about your research study.
The PhD student representative addresses the PhD students.
PhD students can sign up for a wide variety of training workshops offered by the Department, and by University’s Researcher Development Team. There are many academic and social opportunities to mix with PhD students and staff from other disciplines, particularly in Linguistics, Psychology, Law, Health Sciences, Social Policy, and Sociology.
A PhD student makes a point at a research workshop.
There are a large number of study areas on the campus, and you can sign up for the type of study facility and setting that suits you best.
PhD students at a research workshop.
PhD students hard at work.
The heart of the PhD programme involves regular one-to-one meetings with a personal supervisor, whose main role is to advise, guide and support you in the design and conduct of your research study and the presentation of your thesis.