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Five myths about studying for a PhD

Here’s the truth about venturing into one of the most rewarding paths of study available: the PhD.

Myth 1. It will be hard to choose a great topic

The great thing about a PhD is that it’s your chance to delve into something you find interesting and really immerse yourself in the topic. By working together with your supervisor, you can find a question to investigate that will keep you focused and engaged for the length of your PhD…and maybe even beyond, to postdoctoral work. 

Myth 2. You have to study 9-5

There’s no doubt that a PhD requires a significant amount of work. But you can complete that work flexibly, in a way that suits you. For some people, they might find they work better early in the morning. Others might be night owls who complete their best work after the sun goes down. Our postgrads each have their own desk so you can feel free to access your study space whenever works for you. Find out more about time commitments

Myth 3. You’ll be low on funds

A PhD is a significant amount of work, and that fact is recognised by the University and the government. That means domestic PhD candidature is supported by the Australian Government, and the University will cover costs related to travel for fieldwork, access to excellent facilities, training, and more. Some postgrads also work at the University as tutors, sharing their experience with undergrads. Find out more about study costs for domestic and international students.

Myth 4. You’ll have no time for fun

You’ll definitely be busy studying for a PhD, but there will still be time for you to have a life! It’s very important to us that our postgrads enjoy their time studying with us, and we encourage candidates to make time to relax. For inspiration, visit ideas on short (and mostly free) study breaks.

Myth 5. You’ll be on your own

Yes, a PhD is an independent scholarly journey. No, you won’t be alone! There’s all kinds of support available when you’re studying for a PhD. These include your supervisor, your college’s graduate research coordinator and of course your fellow postgrads, who will be a great source of collegial support. The University also offers free, confidential counselling for anyone experiencing stress, whether it’s related to study or not. Our aim is to make sure our students are happy and focused, and able to achieve their goals. 

Interested in conducting your own research? Apply now to become a research student.