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Benefits of studying a research degree

The foremost reason for doing research is the desire to acquire new knowledge about one's subject, and to experience the very real thrill of making a personal contribution to that subject.

In addition, postgraduate students, through their daily contact with the higher levels of their subject, experience a sense of having really mastered a body of knowledge - probably to the extent that they are more at home with certain ideas than almost anyone else in the world. They also attain an overview of how the many different parts of their subject fit together, in a way which is not usually possible without focussed study.

PhD graduates are much sought after not only in professions where a high-level technical understanding of the subject is necessary, but also in those which need people with proven research skills. Of course, a career in higher education is one such profession, but there are many others. Currently for example, graduates with mathematics PhDs are being recruited into the banks, to act as technical advisers in futures markets.

Support and research training

A research degree includes training in the techniques and methodology of research in the subject concerned. Across the research areas of the Department, some of this training is quite similar; how to access information; how to collate a wide range of information; how to write technical documents which are clear and concise; how to come to an understanding of what has been done by other workers in the chosen area; how to plan ahead; how to present and defend new ideas in public. Many of these skills are valued by employers, and it is no surprise to find that graduates with a Ph.D. often rise to the top of professions which may be only tangentially relevant to the subject of their research.

You can find out more about research training and facilities here

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