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  1. I am a current PhD student at a UK university in my first year, studying Russian history. I am enjoying it, getting good feedback and am making good progress with the language. However, over the last 8 months due to travels in the Middle East and reading several works on Byzantium and the Crusades I have been feeling anxious that my heart might be elsewhere. I studied the ancient and medieval periods in my undergraduate and masters and have taken a very wide variety of courses during my studies. I thought I had put ancient/medieval stuff to bed and realised I was most suited and intellectually interested in Russia. I feel as if I'd see the grass as greener no matter what I was studying and I can remind myself of all this but still struggle to shift the feeling that I should be doing something more along the lines of ancient/medieval history, though I have no idea what exactly. I'm plagued by questions of whether I've made a mistake, would I ever really consider dropping out, what if it continues etc etc. I am fundamentally drawn to write about grand narratives of war, politics, intrigue and so forth and that's the sort of history I like to read. Russian history interests me in a more academic sense and I'm excited by most of the debates in the field, while a glance at a seminar programme listing topics like Byzantine coins only makes me roll my eyes. I know writing about battles and high politics all the time is not the reality of these medieval/ancient history as an academic pursuit. I sat down and thought about these practicalities carefully before making my choice to study Russia. For instance, I prefer working with large amounts of information rather than arguing over the interpretation of the two or three written accounts available for a given medieval period. I also wanted to have the Russian language as a useful skill if I were to find academia were not for me, or they didn't want me (more likely). I'm also conscious of my tendency to develop an intense interest in something and then for it to wane as I find a new obsession. From my the final year of my undergrad, I was pretty set on Russia as being an option and it stayed that way through my MA so I feel as if it is tried and tested. What is to be done? The idea of stopping what I'm doing fills me with dread and I'm very conscious of the additional language(s) needed to change my area. Fundamentally, I'm not dissatisfied by own field but attracted to something else. Do some people move into earlier history as post docs or after? Do you think this will pass? Has anyone had a similar experience? I would like to hear if so.
  2. Hello, how are you? It's my first time using this page so I'm deeply sorry if I'm doing this wrong. I would like to explain a little bit about my situation. I’m finishing my undergraduate program in Argentina on Biotechnology and Molecular Biology. My thesis is based on drug delivery on the hand of nanotechnology applied for treatments of cancer and oncology. This year, around September from what I have read, I would be able to apply for PhD programs in the UK. I have checked out some offers that I had seen. I had checked the entry requirements and depending on the university I have a first-class degree or a good upper-second class degree. Plus, I cover the English requirements too. But I have my doubts about how many possibilities I may have to archive a scholarship for a PhD without a Master or even be accepted in the PhD program as an international student. I’ve seen that Masters scholarships or loans for international students are pretty low so that’s why I haven’t thought that one could be a good option. And, even if they do, most of them don’t have stiped. How complicated would be to work and study for a Master if I get a Loan/scholarship? I could really use some guidance for understanding better my opportunities and how much real chances do I have so I can start planning everything with time. Thank you very much. Have a nice day!
  3. I have a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in Mass Communication & Journalism. I've been a content writer for 2 years and for the last 2 years I'm working in the digital marketing field mainly doing content. I'd like to pursue a PhD and my real interest lies in women's issues. I'd be interested in studying muslim women in India because I'm a muslim woman from India. I'm not sure where to start from. Totally lost here. I'd be grateful for any advice on how to start preparing. Thanks a lot.
  4. Hi everyone, I'm deciding between a PhD program in the UK and one in the States. My field will be applied biology. My dilemma is: Does anyone have any advice / anecdotes on how a PhD from the UK is viewed if you are applying for a post-doc or a junior faculty position in the US? Some common generalised points that I've read so far are listed below. Thanks for your suggestions! UK system - 3-4 years for PhD - Teaching is often optional, possibly not encouraged - No specific requirements for publishing before graduation --> If you get a UK PhD, getting a junior faculty position in the USA is tough US system - 5-7 years for PhD - Teaching often highly recommended - Specific requirements / highly recommended to publish before graduation --> If you get a USA PhD, you could go to UK for a faculty position without facing as much difficulty as the other way around
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