Thursday, 16 April 2015

To PhD or not to PhD? | The Small Desk

Working on my MA dissertation

Since finishing my Masters degree I've been toying with the idea of doing a PhD. Whilst writing my dissertation for my MA I remember clearly telling the boyf to never let me do a PhD. It's like a lot of things: I remember the good things about it and forget the struggles. This post is a way for me to jot down the pros and cons of doing a PhD and hopefully come to some sort of decision. I am not expecting this to be something everyone wants to read, but I hope it is of use to some of you. It might be helpful to those considering a first degree as well.

  • Would allow me to do writing and research; both of which are my main passions in life
  • Would be called Dr Alice!
  • Could enable me to be a lecturer or a tutor
  • Allows you to go into detail on a subject
  • Could enable me to write a book
  • Huge sense of achievement
  • Sense of purpose

  • Cons
  • Loneliness
  • Does not guarantee you a job
  • You don't get paid much
  • Could prevent getting a mortgage
  • Could delay having children (would finish it by 31 if part-time)
  • Could prevent from moving, as bound by where the Uni is

  • Considerations
    1. Would I do it full-time or part-time?
    2. Would I do distance learning?

    I don't think this has actually made me reach a decision! I need your help! Can you think of any other pros and cons for doing a PhD? Have you done a PhD? If so, I would love to hear your experiences.

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