What other opportunities will I have?

 

amar_akbar_anthonyIn recent years, doctoral research has transformed from a sometimes lonely scholastic pursuit to more dynamic, multi-dimensional academic apprenticeship. Whilst writing your thesis is still the major aim of your three years, you will also gain a number of other skills during this period which are essential for entrance into the current job market – these include:

  • Experience presenting your work at conferences (perhaps utilising your ¬£300 research grant to travel overseas)
  • Participation in and running of specifically designed workshops and symposia, study days and conferences
  • Teaching tutorials for sub-honours modules
  • Editing¬†Frames, the official journal of BAFTSS (the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies)
  • Producing the department’s newsletter, received by 1200 Film Studies academics worldwide
  • Publication of various types of material (book reviews, articles, edited collections, etc)
  • Applying for grants.

 

For me, the best thing about doing a PhD in St Andrews is the town itself. Beautiful, cosy coastal town which has a busy student life encouraging one to work. The library seems to be the centre of it all, most of the people I meet are on their way to the library or from it. It resembles in many ways the feeling of the department: busy, friendly, extremely helpful, supportive and with an intense research life.

— Diana Popa, PhD student