Being a postgraduate researcher isn't just about producing a piece of academic work. It's about developing skills that will help you succeed in your chosen career.

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 booklet (PDF , 23,243kb)


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.

Book your place via SkillsForge

For any enquiries, contact PhD Thrive and Survive Coordinator:

Your Thrive & Survive Coordinator

Hi there! I’m Georgia – your Thrive and Survive Coordinator. I am currently a third year PhD student studying Environmental Science within the Environment and Geography department here at York. My research specifically focuses on plastic pollution and the volatile gases emitted into the atmosphere through degradation. My PhD studentship is partnered with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH), so I am predominantly based in Edinburgh.

Before embarking on my PhD journey in 2019, I worked as a laboratory technician for a biotech company after graduating from my bachelors degree. After 2 years, I decided to go back to university to complete my masters degree as I missed being a university student and felt that I wanted to return to education. Almost 9 years on since starting my higher education journey I’ve certainly learnt a lot, not just about my subject but about myself too.

I am super excited to run numerous workshops over the next few years to talk about how to thrive and survive throughout your PhD, like how myself and many others have done. We will be covering usual topics like how to manage your supervisor, health and wellbeing and preparing for your viva, as well as a few new additions. If you have any ideas of workshops you would like to see – please drop me a line at

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.