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Each day we send a short, thought-provoking email that will make you think differently about what it means to be a PhD student. They're designed to be read in thirty seconds and thought about all day. 


Writing a PhD is hard. Here we present advice and insight that can guide you through every step of the process.


How Moments of Mindfulness Can Thwart the PhD Blues — The Science of Mindfulness for Students

January 27, 2020

PhD students are six times more prone to depression or anxiety than the general population. Here are some tips to stay mentally well.


What makes a good PhD supervisor? Top tips for managing the student-supervisor relationship.

January 8, 2020

In this guide, I want to dig in a little more into what makes a good supervisor, before discussing what they should and shouldn't be doing, why you ne...


39 PhD Mindfulness Exercises To De-Stress Your PhD

August 16, 2019

Research has shown how mindfulness exercises can be important in lowering PhD stress. Here we present 39 mindfulness exercises to help you towards a s...


Seven tips for clear and concise writing in your PhD

June 7, 2019

At the heart of a PhD is a goal to make the examiner happy.  Clear, concise writing is an important component of achieving that goal. 


Infographic: Strategies for ESL PhD Students

May 21, 2019

Writing a PhD when English is your second language is a challenge. We've put together an infographic that will help you to improve the way you underst...


Writing Your PhD For A Western Audience When English Is Your Second Language

May 6, 2019

If you're a PhD student for whom English is a second language, you may not realise the importance of writing for a Western audience.


Our guides can show you the best way to structure every element of your thesis and give you the confidence to shine. 

Structuring a thesis

The Methods Chapter – How To Write A PhD

January 27, 2020

Your methods chapter is likely the most descriptive chapter in your PhD thesis. As part of an ongoing of series explaining how to structure and write ...

Structuring a thesis

The Theoretical Framework – How To Write A PhD

January 10, 2020

This guide explains how to write a PhD literature review, which is a critical assessment of the literature related to your research topic.

Structuring a thesis

The Literature Review – How To Write A PhD

December 11, 2019

This guide explains how to write a PhD literature review, which is a critical assessment of the literature related to your research topic.


There's lots to do before you are able to submit your thesis. In this section, we make sure you've thought of everything.


How to deal with post-viva PhD thesis corrections

June 1, 2019

We like to think that the viva is the end of the doctoral process; the final step in the long journey to a PhD. But, for most, it isn’t the final hurd...


There’s no place for struggle-porn in academia

May 17, 2019

Ever slept under your desk? I have. I was proud of it. It was something to boast about the next day. People admired me because of the amount of work I...


How attached to your PhD thesis are you?

May 13, 2019

If you’re anything like I was, your PhD thesis is like your baby. You’ve bought it into the world and you’ll die for it. It’s tested you, pushed you h...


Proofreading is cheating, isn’t it?

March 27, 2019

Record numbers of PhD students are having their dissertations proofread. Should it be counted as cheating? Sometimes, yes.


Ten Reasons Why You Need Your PhD Proofread

February 26, 2019

Deciding whether or not to hire a proofreader for you PhD is a big commitment. Whichever way you look at it, it’s expensive. Plus, you may think that ...


A Handy PhD Submission Checklist

February 10, 2019

Your work isn’t finished when you’ve written your thesis and had it proofread. There is still a surprising amount of administrative work to do before ...

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Your One Page PhD Thesis 

Visualise every element of your thesis on one page with our free thesis template.
Whether you're writing up or starting out, use it to present your research in the most compelling way possible.