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"I think it's a great app, very easy to use, and the actors make it even more enjoyable.  I found the topic on Planning Ahead very useful."
-Feedback from a PhD student, March 2021

"The videos are well produced and relatable. I’m a year into a PhD and was given access to Dr.App about 2 months ago. I wish I’d received it and started it earlier. It makes me feel a lot less alone in my struggles and anxieties.  Thank you to all involved in putting this content together and making it available. Undertaking a PhD is a daunting commitment at times. The support is sincerely appreciated."
- PhD student in Australia,
July 2021

This page is for students (and others) interested in individual access to Dr.App.  If you are interested in licencing Dr.App for an institution, please look here.

You can download the app below if you or your university have bought a licence.   If you need to buy your own licence, please email us first.

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video support for doctoral students

Doing a PhD you're on your own a lot of the time - and even more so in the pandemic. That's why Dr.App can help.   Dr.App includes videos to support research students in all disciplines, and the staff supervising them.  You will find content that’s helpful at every stage of a research degree, or if you’re still considering whether to start one. 

If you are lucky, your university might have bought institutional licences for Dr.App.  Ask us if you're not sure.  But if not, you can buy your own access to the complete contents for a month for just £10.  Email us to enquire.

Here's what's included:

More than 8 hours of professionally produced videos are organised into short chunks and into topics for easy reference.  Topics include: 

  • Thinking about a doctorate: how do you know if a PhD is right for you, and what do students wish they had known before they started?

  • Starting a doctorate: everything you need to consider in your first year.

  • Supervisors & supervision: how to work with your supervisors, what to expect from them, and what to do if the relationship goes wrong.  Also helpful advice for supervisors themselves.

  • Planning ahead: taking the long view to complete your doctorate on time, to build real-world impact into it, and to ensure your employability once you’ve finished it.

  • Examinations: the upgrade process that marks the first major landmark in most doctorates, and how to approach your viva with good preparation instead of panic!

  • Skills: presentation skills and how to network to become part of the wider academic community.

  • Wellbeing: how to look after yourself and where to find help if you are finding your PhD stressful, lonely or overwhelming.

  • International students: how to understand the UK’s academic culture and the way PhDs are structured if you are arriving from a different culture.

  • Professional doctorates: the growing range of alternative doctorates for teachers, health professionals and many other professional careers.

  • PhDs in a pandemic: with campuses closed and researchers locked down around the world, there are many new challenges (and perhaps a few opportunities) for doctoral students.

... and the producers are keen to hear your suggestions for new content!

Email us about getting an individual licence

or if you're interested in licencing Dr.App for an institution, look here or contact us here.