• Question: how long did it take you to get your phd

    Asked by farm499bee to Thomas on 23 Feb 2024.
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      Thomas Swift answered on 23 Feb 2024:

      It took me 3 years, 3 months and 4 days. By the end I was counting every day…

      It ‘used’ to be that you would only get paid for 3 years however as my work was Lab Based (I was actually in the lab, doing research) I couldn’t fully write up until I had finished doing tests. That means anything from 3 to 4 years was absolutely normal.

      And people have realised that it can take a full year to write up – and that everyone who over-ran were struggling. So it’s normal now for people to schedule 3 and a half or a full 4 years of funding (i.e. how much you’ll be paid) as they do the PhD to give you the time to get everything written up.