Keeping Going in the Second Year of Your Doctorate

Years: 2,3


The middle phase of a doctorate is potentially the most challenging, as the initial novelty has given way to some of the harsher realities, whilst the endpoint can seem a long way off. Hence, the aim of this session is to put key scaffolding in place to aid successful navigation of this crucial part of the doctoral process. The focus will be on clarifying progress, developing key working practices, managing the process of becoming independent, and clarifying: What are you arguing? What will your thesis look like? How will this be evaluated? And, What is the examination process?

By the end of this session you should have:

  • A realistic appraisal of progress so far and to come
  • Concrete ideas for improving working practices and managing independence
  • Developed a clear thesis of your Thesis for discussion with your supervisor
  • Begun to sketch out your thesis structure
  • Gained a good understanding of the doctoral assessment criteria and how you can meet them, as well as how they will be examined

PhD Researcher Feedback (2018-19)

  • Great workshops – looking forward to the next session in 3rd year. Thank you :)
  • I really enjoyed teaching style of the presenter. I would say the session was the best researcher development I have ever attended.

Bookings for workshops are via PhD Manager:

Please click on Calendar (on the left hand side) where all the events are listed.

PhD Manager will hold your booking and attendance records for all Researcher Development activities.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain B of the Vitae Framework: Personal effectiveness which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • B1: Personal qualities
  • B2: Self-management
  • B3: Professional and Career Development
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework