Focus on starting your PhD

To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time" Leonard Bernstein

Congratulations on starting your doctorate and embarking on the journey towards the highest level of degree that can be achieved! Starting a PhD can seem daunting, but taking a professional approach to your development from the start can help make the path smoother, and enable you to be a more successful researcher in the long run.

Below you will find guides to making a successful start in your research, including a recorded online event on getting started in your PhD.

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Countdown to the next Focus on theme: 'Open Research', 19 October 2015...

Make a successful start, October 2014
Recorded #VitaeHangout

Make a successful start, October 2014

Vitae held a free 60-min live video event with experienced researchers as part of our #VitaeHangout series. Watch the recorded video and Tweet your thoughts to @Vitae_news

Routemaps for new researchers
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Routemaps for new researchers

If you are just starting out in research as a new doctoral candidate, these routemaps in a variety of formats can help you to find the Vitae resources most relevant to you.

PDP ROC: Professional development planning for researchers online course
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PDP ROC: Professional development planning for researchers online course

Professional development planning (PDP) is a key component of career progression. This online course, covers all the stages in the process, using resources designed for researchers who want to make the most of their opportunities, and create new ones!