What Will My Three Years Look Like?
Year One. Time is spent on in-depth research into your chosen field of study. By the end of the year you will have completed at least one chapter of your thesis, participated in the annual postgraduate conference and study day, drafted a full plan for your thesis (chapter breakdown) and worked out your timetable for completion. This is a good year in which to hone language skills, and perhaps to take extended research trips overseas. Former students have made research trips during their first year to Hong Kong, Russia, Turkey, South Korea and other places.
Year Two. Write at least two or three further chapters. Gain experience as a seminar tutor throughout the year. Participate in, and perhaps organise, the annual postgraduate conference and study days. Write book reviews. Deliver conference papers at other institutions, either nationally or internationally.
Year Three. Complete and submit final draft of thesis and have your viva defense. Consolidate your teaching experience as a seminar tutor, perhaps also delivering some lectures. Participate in, and perhaps organise, the annual postgraduate conference and study days. Work up a draft of a journal article for submission to a reputable refereed journal. Deliver conference papers at other institutions.
Year Four (writing up continuation year if needed). Complete and submit final draft of thesis and have your viva defense. Continue working on publications, conferences and even applications for funding, as you enter the job market.