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How to survive your PhD - MOOC

Later this month, Dr. Inger Mewburn (A.K.A. The Thesis Whisperer) will be running a MOOC at edX on the subject of 'How to survive your PhD'. This is very timely as I'm entering the final year of my doctoral studies, so I have signed up, and thought it may be of interest to other HASTAC folks - 'see you in class' perhaps?

The course begins on August 26th; the course description is quoted below. For further information and how to enrol, the course page can be found at:!


You need to be smart to begin a PhD - but you need to be resilient to finish one. Between one-quarter and one-third of all research students never finish their degree. The PhD is an emotional journey as much as it is an intellectual one.

What kinds of emotions does the research degree process provoke? What strategies can help students deal with the emotional highs and lows? How can academic advisors, family and friends help research students cope with these stresses - and celebrate the successes?

This course is primarily designed for masters, PhD, and research students and the academics who are tasked with helping them, but you may also be a family member or friend of a PhD student who is seeking to better understand what your loved one is going through.

By directly addressing the emotional issues, and by helping us see the connections between emotional resilience and success, this course aims to help us all create a more supportive academic environment, where students can do their best research work.


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