How to prepare for a long(ish) presentation.

Oral presentations terrify many of us. Even confident extroverts would often avoid presenting a long speech- but in many subjects, university courses and careers, public speaking is an important component. This is particularly true in academia… I mean we have conference presentation in front of hundreds of people. I already have nightmares about my first conference, although it will probably […]

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What is a PhD?

“Is a PhD one year?” “So you will be a doctor?” “But not a medicine doctor?” “A P h What?” These are all questions I have been asked since I applied for a PhD at the end of last year. I do not blame people for not knowing what a PhD is, to be truthful I knew very little about it until I started one myself, and I definitely did not know anything about a PhD before I started my undergraduate course. Firstly what does a PhD stand for? Doctor of Philosophy (not Doctor of Psychology like most of us psych students thought- we sometimes think the world revolves around us). So anybody who is completing a PhD is studying a Doctorate of Philosophy, however depending on their research field will specialise in a specific area. Such as, I am completing a PhD in conservation psychology. What is the degree? Basically, a PhD is a postgraduate course which takes at least three years to complete. PhD students conduct their own research (under the supervision of expert academics) which is original and contributes knowledge. This will generally involve producing a thesis (around 80,000 words) which includes writing introductory chapters, collecting data (eg. surveying people, analysing specimen in laboratories or testing new technology), writing up the results and then discussing what the results mean (this is a very basic description!). People completing a PhD in fields such as literacy or art may […]

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Conservation Psychology 101

I get frequent befuddled looks when I explain to family and friends what my PhD topic is. “How are you studying sharks and dolphins when you do psychology?” they all ask. I am also sure that during these conversations their minds begin to imagine a shark laying down on a couch being psychoanalysed. The first answer to this question is […]

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