How to Get a PhD

Finding the Right Research Topic, Advisor, University, and Funding Options for Your PhD

What you will learn

How to achieve a PhD

How to identify the right topic for your PhD thesis

Finding the right supervisor for your PhD thesis

Finding the best university for your PhD thesis

How to successfully navigate the PhD process

How to course-correct if problems arise

PhD Research

Research Methodology

How to succeed in academia

Research skills

Research strategy

How to Fund Your PhD without Student Debt


How do you discover the right topic for your PhD thesis, choose the best advisor, and select the right University for your PhD research? How do you ensure that you get funding for your PhD without taking on student debt?

These are the first and critical steps in setting you up to succeed in your PhD quest.

This course will guide you through these steps so that you will be better informed to make better decisions in these key areas and help you achieve your PhD in the fastest and most effective way possible.

After completing this course you will be able:

1. To understand the process in how best to achieve a PhD for you

2. To identify the critical steps in selecting a topic for PhD research

3. Identifying the critical steps in finding the right advisor for PhD research

4. Critical analysis aiding in the process of choosing the right University for PhD research

5. To be aware of the funding options available for funding your PhD

5. To successfully navigate the PhD process by being more informed about what it involves

Led by leading academic and Oxford University Press author with over ten years of experience working in European centres for Higher Education, the course contains short videos, transcriptions, and an exclusive audio interview with Professor Inger Mewburn, a world expert on PhD research, author and founder of the popular Thesiswhisperer blog.



Getting clear and unambiguous


The PhD Canvas

Introduction to the PhD Canvas

Step 1: How to Select your PhD Topic

Discovering your topic
How I discovered my topic
Narrowing down your topic
What if someone else is working on my topic?
Finding the gap
Create a working bibliography
An example from my own research

Step 2: How to Select your PhD Supervisor

Selecting the right supervisor
What to expect
Distance supervision?
Action steps

Step 3: How to Select your PhD University

Selecting the right University
Criteria to look out for
Settling in
Problem shooting and changing supervisors
Action steps

Navigating the PhD Process with Professor Inger Mewburn

Negotiating the PhD process: A Conversation with Dr Inger Mewburn

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