Advice for starting a PhD can come from a variety of sources including other candidates, administrators, supervisors, family, friends and the internet. It’s hard to know which advice to follow and what will make the biggest difference in the long run. Before you make that three to your year commitment, consider the following first.
1. Research the universities or organisations where you could complete a PhD
Generally, there is much less support to guide you in choosing where to complete a PhD compared to an undergraduate degree.
When I had decided to complete a PhD, I had to contact potential supervisors and research places where I could apply. My list also included the prerequisites for acceptance as I hadn’t received a first class honours but instead a second class division 1 that was 1% off a first class. That ruled out a lot of places that required a first class grade. The university I attended didn’t send out information on what to do next after graduation from honours so I had to seek out the information myself by asking a lot of questions and what I had to do next to get accepted.
My advice, no matter what grade you received for honours, is to seek out information on the next steps for acceptance. If you feel this is your dream and you want to pursue it, find out as much information as possible on your chosen institution in terms of how to get accepted....