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This video in our series for doctoral students was made in cooperation with Birkbeck, University of London

"We have found The UK Doctorate Video to be extremely useful.


The production quality is excellent and it is proving very useful in helping our new international research students understand what it is that makes the UK doctorate so distinctive, what they can expect from life as a research student in the UK, and what they can do to give themselves the best possible start in their doctoral programme.


We were aware that new international research students had quite specific needs which were not being fully met by our current induction provision. The UK Doctorate video has helped us enhance that induction provision and we hope it will help our new international research students adapt quickly and successfully to their new setting."

- Brett Dodgson,
Graduate School Officer
University of Leicester

The UK Doctorate Video -
coming to Britain for a PhD

Britain is among the world's leading destinations for those who leave home to gain a doctorate. International students make up 4 in 10 PhD students in the UK. But when they arrive, students often find it challenging to adapt to the UK's distinctive academic culture and struggle to understand how PhDs are structured here.     

The complete video is available in our  NEW  mobile app, Dr.App, or as a separate half hour video.  Ask us about a preview or purchasing a licence.

The UK Doctorate Video will help international students to understand the distinctive features of the UK system and to succeed within it. It will improve their supervisors' insights into the special challenges international students face and help them to give suitable support.

Based on interviews with arts, humanities and social science students from around the globe, The UK Doctorate Video discusses The UK Doctorate Video

and many other aspects of doctoral study in the UK.

Produced in cooperation with Birkbeck, University of London, the video is part of our series for doctoral students. The UK Doctorate Video was produced with advice from Professor John Wakeford, Director of the Missenden Centre for the Development of Higher Education.