I'm starting my PhD a few weeks from now. I'm just wondering if I will likely have any free time to enjoy myself, or whether the next 3 years are going to be a long, hard battle with hardly enough time to pause for breath?
well 3 years seems to be the norm here in the UK. That's how many years my studentship lasts for anyway. Whether that means we cram the same amount of work into 3 years as you might in 5-8 years, or that means our PhD's are inferior to yours, I don't know.Three years? If you plan on doing a physics PhD, something that usually takes 5-8 years, in 3 then yes, you will have no social life.
It's my understanding that this typically has to do with where you start in the UK. It's my understanding that at the end of an undergraduate degree in the UK (and many other European countries) you really have the equivalent of a US Master's degree, and start with the research aspects of the PhD much sooner. In the US, specialization (or "tracking") begins much later, and there's more general education credits in the undergraduate degree, thus, in the US, your first year or two of your graduate degree involves more coursework.well 3 years seems to be the norm here in the UK.
G01 said:Whether your social life is successful in grad school really comes down to your personality, your adviser's personality, your research group's dynamic, and what you're looking for in your life outside of work.