Skip to main content

About this free course

Author

Become an OU student

Download this course

Share this free course

Applying to study for a PhD in psychology
Applying to study for a PhD in psychology

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

1 Consider necessary life changes

Studying for a PhD is a major commitment. Even if you intend to study part-time, doing a PhD will be a more demanding and less bounded commitment than part-time study on a taught course.

Activity 1 Life changes

Think about the following questions and make some decisions, and possibly some notes on what you’ve decided.

  • What changes will you need to make in your life, and are you willing to accept them?
  • If you are currently in employment, are you ready to give up your work or reduce your working hours substantially?
  • If you have caring responsibilities, how will you manage them alongside your study?
  • Are you ready to change your place of residence if you obtain a PhD place at a university in a different part of the country?
  • How will you fund your PhD period? Even if you obtain a studentship, you will probably be living on a tight budget. Will you be able to manage financially?

Some similar points were raised in Session 1, but the difference now is that you are making concrete plans.

To use this interactive functionality a free OU account is required. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).