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How to thrive and survive in your PhD


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

Graphic of a PhD student at the start of a maze‌‌

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.


Workshops 2021/22

There are sessions on various aspects of PhD life and work organised through the year. Topics include: fieldwork, public engagement, health and wellbeing, and finishing the thesis/preparing for your viva. Visit Skillsforge for more information and to register.

  • Tuesday 12 October - Starting your PhD and surviving the journey
  • Wednesday 24 November - Finding your pathway to survive your research project: What to do when things are not going as you planned
  • Wednesday 1 December - Thriving and surviving in your PhD as an international student

Book your place via SkillsForge

For any enquiries, contact PhD Thrive and Survive Coordinator, Estelia Bórquez Sánchez:

Contact us

The PhD Thrive and Survive Coordinator, Estelia Bórquez Sánchez, oversees and works with PhD students to coordinate the 'How to Survive your PhD' series of workshops. 

Her role involves working with students, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the Research Excellence Training Team in order to:

  • support the delivery of workshops where research students can share their issues and experiences;
  • provide input into the development of the Research Excellence Training Programme for postgraduate researchers;
  • write proposals for projects to support postgraduate researcher wellbeing.

If you have ideas for training and wellbeing projects, contact Estelia:

About the project

How to thrive and survive in your PhD 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.