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The PhD Knowledge Base 

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Free tools to help you complete your thesis

We’ve got the perfect resources to help you deliver brilliance

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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.

Become a better writer

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

Is English Your Second Language? Here Are 7 Ways To Improve Your Academic Writing

Is English Your Second Language? Here Are 7 Ways To Improve Your Academic Writing

Writing a PhD when English is your second language is scary. It’s scary enough when English is your first language. 80,000 words, sometimes even more, in a technical language and at the highest level of academic rigour. Terrifying, right? We’ve proofread countless PhDs from people just like you and one thing stands out – you’re doing great.

Structuring your thesis

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

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Submit with confidence

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

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A Daily Dose of PhD Motivation

Each day we send out a short, motivational email to over 1,500 students. You can find an archive below, but if you’d like to get yours delivered straight to your inbox click here

What’s your experience of loneliness?

In yesterday’s daily dose of PhD motivation, I talked about my experience of PhD-loneliness. I received an incredible response from people sharing their own stories. It got me thinking. I wonder how many people have similar experiences?

It can be lonely at the top

Completing a PhD is no small feat. It requires brains, guts and cunning. But it can be lonely at the top. Large numbers of students struggle with anxiety, depression and stress. Above all, many feel lonely.

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.