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The students' guide to surviving your PhD


Surviving your PhD booklet (PDF , 23,243kb)

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University of York PhD students have developed this resource to help you get the most out of your PhD experience by sharing what they've learned along the way.

Here, you will find brief advice on what they wish they had known right from the start of their PhD journeys.


Surviving your PhD workshops

In addition to the students’ guide to surviving your PhD, book your place on these workshops: 

  • How to survive your PhD (and enjoy it) – for new students
    Next session: Wednesday 23 October 2019 and Wednesday 5 February 2020

  • How to survive fieldwork/data collection (be productive while having fun) – for students preparing to go on fieldwork/start their data collection in 1-12 months
    Next session: Thursday 12 September 2019

  • How to survive the international student experience – for new international students
    Next session: TBC - planned November 2019

  • Finishing your PhD and surviving your viva – for students in their final 6-12 months
    Next session: TBC
Book your place via Skillsforge

About the PhD Survival Project

The PhD Survival Project was founded and is run by current and recently graduated PhD students to share information and tips between year groups and across departments. It aims to build a postgraduate researcher community and promote wellbeing through peer-to-peer support.

For information on the founders of the project and feedback on the guide/workshops visit our acknowledgements page.