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This video in our series for doctoral students was made in partnership with the Missenden Centre



"Essential viewing to avoid doctoral doldrums"
- Times Higher Education
(click to see full review)




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The PhD Survival Video from the BUFVC's Viewfinder magazine
(issue 99)







"We were very impressed with the quality of this video.  The challenges faced as a PhD student are very well described and possible solutions and options are outlined clearly." 

- Emer Casey, Student Counselling Service, NUI Galway (Ireland)






The PhD Survival Video -
PhDs, stress and mental health

Doing a PhD is meant to be challenging, and most doctoral students feel overwhelmed by the task at times.  But many find that their work - and their lives - are compromised by feelings of loneliness, inadequacy or anxiety.  The consequences can be abandoned PhDs, disrupted careers and damaged mental health.  

Play an excerpt here. The complete 34 minute programme is supplied on DVD
with full screen broadcast quality video (suitable for uploading to your intranet).
Click here for orders, full previews or enquiries  Advice for students who want to see this video

Through drama scenes and interviews with doctoral candidates, supervisors and counsellors, ‘The PhD Survival Video’ discusses how the stress and pressure of a PhD can be made manageable. The new video offers practical advice for dealing with common problems and surviving, including

‘The PhD Survival Video’ is part of Angel Productions’ series to support doctoral students, because the emotional journey to gaining a PhD is as important to understand as the practical, academic steps.  It is essential viewing for anyone undertaking a PhD or supervising one, and for all involved in counselling and supporting doctoral students.  

The PhD Survival Video was produced in partnership with Professor John Wakeford, Director of the Missenden Centre for the Development of Higher Education, as part of our series for doctoral students.

The video is now available for sale to universities, colleges and other organisations.  For a one-off payment, your institution can be permanently licensed to make the video available to all your registered staff, students and applicants in DVD format and to upload to your intranet or other secure digital platform.  To preview the full video or enquire about licensing, please email enquiries@angelproductions.co.uk