Studying for a doctorate : wanting a strong voice

Kay, Lesley (2017) Studying for a doctorate : wanting a strong voice. The Practising Midwife, 20(4), pp. 18-20. ISSN (print) 1461-3123


Studying for a doctoral degree can be an exciting, invigorating and ultimately satisfying process but equally it can be a long, arduous, frustrating and lonely journey. In this article I speak of my own experience of the process and offer some thoughts about the ‘what, why, when and how’ of studying at this level. I consider the excitement of developing your own ideas and project alongside the challenges inherent in doctoral level study, such as coping with uncertainty and rarely having a sense of closure, and I offer some practical challenges to help you decide whether doctoral study is for you.

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