Top Tips for Balancing Clinical Practice and a Part-time Professional Doctorate

Allison Scott (@AllisonPoddem) is a professional doctorate student embarking on the design for her project. Her research explores the decision- making experiences o proxy decision makers for people with dementia lacking capacity. There is no denying doing a PhD of any sort is hard and extremely time consuming, add in the pressures of daily lifeContinue reading “Top Tips for Balancing Clinical Practice and a Part-time Professional Doctorate”

Surveys take longer than you think! Or: taking your time has benefits for data collection

This post is from Sophie Payne-Gifford. Sophie is a social scientist at the University of Hertfordshire. She completed her PhD part-time from 2010-2016, mostly because she only won part-funding and had to keep her day job at NERC UKRI, a great job which had its definite advantages. She tweets at @GiffordPayne on food, environment, agricultureContinue reading “Surveys take longer than you think! Or: taking your time has benefits for data collection”

Four uncomfortable truths about part-time doctoral study…

Ceri Coulby (@cericoulby) is a part-time online EdD student with the University of Liverpool. She is in her 6th year and is due to submit her thesis in October 2021. Her case study research is a narrative exploration of part time doctoral students’ experiences of personal transformation during their studies. Ceri also works full timeContinue reading “Four uncomfortable truths about part-time doctoral study…”

Lessons for life

This post is from Jon Rainford (@jonrainford), one of the editors of the blog. Jon completed his PhD part-time with Staffordshire University in 2019. He has studied part time in various forms for over 12 years. Having interests in the Sociology of Higher Education and having worked in varied roles in education, his doctoral researchContinue reading “Lessons for life”


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We are Dr Jon Rainford and Dr Kay Guccione, academics and researchers, currently writing a book called Thriving in Part-Time Doctoral Study for Routledge Education’s Insider Guides to Success in Academia series. Series Editors: Prof Pat Thomson and Dr Helen Kara.

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