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SEF - Applying for a PhD

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Slides to accompany FB live session on applying to do a PhD for the Sustainable Education Foundation

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SEF - Applying for a PhD

  1. 1. CC"BY%https://www.flickr.com/photos/davebloggs007/
  2. 2. Some%background%… • Dr. Arosha)K.)Bandara • Senior)Lecturer)in)Computing • MEng)(Hons))Information)Systems)Engineering • PhD)Computing)– Formal)Framework)for)Policy)Analysis)&)Refinement) ….)both)from)Imperial)College)London • Joined)the)Open)University)in)2006 • Web:)http://academicUmarginalia.org Twitter:)@arosha
  3. 3. Centre%for%Research%in%Computing http://crc.open.ac.uk
  4. 4. Social Psychology Automated% Software%Engineering Engineering%Adaptive% Software%Systems Empirical%Studies%of Software%Dev. Requirements Engineering User% eXperience%Design Security,*Privacy*&*Digital*Forensics Aviation PolicingHealthcare Sustainability Technical*Infrastructure Empirical*Infrastructure Exemplars Pilot*Projects People Policy RESEARCH' INSTRUMENTS Secure,%Adaptive,%Usable%Software%Engineering
  5. 5. My%research%…% • Engineering)Adaptive)Software)Systems. • Formal)approaches)for)modelling)and) reasoning)about)system)behaviour. • Applications)in)diverse)areas)including • network%performance%and%security • privacy%in%mobile%applications%&%social%media • security%for%cloud%computing • usability%for%enterprise%applications • smart%homes%for%healthcare
  6. 6. So,%what%is%a%PhD? Source: Prof. Matt%Might,%The%illustrated%guide%to%a%Ph.D. (http://matt.might.net/articles/phd"school"in"pictures/) All)Human)Knowledge Reading)Research)Papers Master’s)Degree Bachelor’s)Degree Secondary)School Primary)School
  7. 7. So,%what%is%a%PhD? Source: Prof. Matt%Might,%The%illustrated%guide%to%a%Ph.D. (http://matt.might.net/articles/phd"school"in"pictures/) Your)PhD!
  8. 8. Things%to%know%before%you%start%…% • PreUrequisites • UK)– typically)expects)MSc)(but)OU)accepts)with)2.i)Bachelor’s)degree) • USA)– Bachelors)degree)+)GRE)+)IELTS/TOEFL • Duration • UK)– usually)3U4)years,)no)qualifying)courses)but)initial)enrolment)is)for)MPhil • USA)– usually)5U6)years,)typically)have)to)complete)a)set)of)qualifying)courses • Topic • Needs)careful)exploration)based)on)your)interests • Do)your)homework)by)reading)relevant)research)papers • Funding • University)scholarships,)Commonwealth)Scholarship,)++
  9. 9. Preparing%to%apply%...% • Putting)a)proposal)together • Read)research)papers)related)to)the)area)you)are)interested)in • Identify)an)unsolved)problem)that)you)would)like)to)work)on • Write)a)proposal)that)describes)the)following)(see%http://bit.ly/OUPhDProposal) • the)background to)the)problem)you’d)like)to)work)on,) • your)understanding)of)the)literature on)what)has)been)done)already,) • the)aim)of)the)research and)the)methods you)might)use)to)conduct)it • the)potential)impact)of)the)research)U who)would)benefit)and)it)what)ways? • Where)should)I)apply? • Contact)academics)who)are)investigating)the)area)you)are)interested)in
  10. 10. What%PhD%admissions%panels%look%for%...% • Academic)skills)– evidence)that)you)have)the)basic)skills)for)your)topic • Motivation)– demonstrate)why)you’d)spend)3)years)studying)this • Ability)to)write)a)thesis)– e.g.,)share)your)MSc)/)BSc)project)report • Communication)skills)– can)you)explain)and)argue)your)case? • Prior)research)experience)– published)papers,)internship)work • Choice)of)topic)and)institution)– why)this)PhD)with)this)university? • Good)proposal)– demonstrate)understanding)of)the)domain)of)study Academic'Excellence
  11. 11. Useful%preparatory%reading%...% Petre,)M.)and)Rugg,)G.,)2010. The%unwritten%rules%of%PhD%research.) McGrawUHill)Education)(UK). https://www.findaphd.com https://www.phdcomics.com
  12. 12. Any%Questions?% Source:%http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1056

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