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From primary school to PhD


From primary school to PhD

Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down, I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there. This is how I got my PhD.

If I were to sum this whole video up in a quote, it would have to be Never give up! Never surrender!
(By Grabthar's hammer, what a story Mark.)
But more seriously, this is one that I've been meaning to make for a long time. Not least because I needed to sit my viva to do so! But also this video captures the underlying philosophy behind much of what I do. I'm not the smartest person in the world, and I'm certainly not the most talented at science or maths. But while you can never always be the smartest person in a room, you can always make yourself the hardest working one. Perspiration beats inspiration, and my refusal to quit has got me to where I am now.

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

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Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.


I did it. I finally got my PhD in mathematics from the University of Exeter! And so, of course, I have you graduate with me :)

As I say in this video, thank you so much for being there with me for these past five years. You helped me in more ways than I think you know.

All my PhD vlogs:

The chapel choir are singing Mr Blue Sky (originally by ELO, arranged by Hugo Wickman [of the choir]), they are on YouTube here!

If you don't know who Dan is, check out the podcast we do together!

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Huge thanks to my supporters on Patreon: Amy Hadden, Ben McMurtry, Caitlin Louise, Cameron Matchett, Charles Bray, Claire Anthony, Dan Hanvey, Daniel Blume Høj, David Efird, Ethan Fuller, James Bridges, jawad alalasi, Jay Wright, Jia Xin Peng, Jonathan Trimble, Kendall Hendrix, Kendra Johnson, Kodzo, Lachlan Woods, Leighton Mackenzie, Liam, Louis Gillet, Mark Anthony Magro, Martin Hermes, Matthias Loos, Michael Phillips, Paul Everitt, Rory Healy, Ryke Allen, Sanaa Al Derei, Thusto, Tiarna Pepall, Tim Boxall, Wendover Productions

5 Things To Think About Before Starting a PhD

What do you need to know before you start a PhD? Professor James Arvanitakis talks us through five important things to think about before you decide to embark on your PhD journey.

1. The first thing to do is find something you are really interested in researching, because you are going to be doing this for the next three years of your life.

2. Next, you'll need to find the right supervisors to support you in your PhD - their guidance and support is crucial to your success.

3. Thirdly, what is your long term plan and where do you want your PhD to take you in the future. Are you doing this for the right reasons?

4. The fourth thing is to consider the journey - this might be more important than the end point of finishing your thesis. What do you want to achieve along the way?

5. Finally, you need to work out if you are really prepared for the time and effort it will take to complete your PhD. Finishing your research degree will not be an easy process and you need to be ready for the challenge.

Professor James Arvanitakis is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University.

If you would like to find out more about pursuing a Master of Research or PhD with Western Sydney University, please visit our website at

How to get a PhD in 5 easy steps (UK)

Ok so maybe the steps aren't that easy, but they are what you need to do to get a PhD!

1. Get a degree in a relevant subject. Most people also study a masters.
2. Find a supervisor and project (and funding...)
3. You must perform original research (easier said than done)
4. Write a thesis
5. Defend your thesis in a viva

A week as a PhD student:

Obviously this is all very hand wavy and approximate as I'm trying to cover all kinds of subjects, but these are the approximate steps that every PhD student goes through. Also some of the steps are someone more complex than others, with step 3 basically being the entire degree! If you'd like to learn more about my PhD then please check out videos on my channel where I talk about it in great detail, and if you have further questions about the process of applying for a PhD ask in the comments (though remember I am NOT an expert at this).

I also apologise if I got stuff wrong about humanities PhDs - my understanding is based on talking to a few friends and so is not comprehensive. I was trying my best as a mere scientist guys!

Filmed on my Canon G7X:
Editing done in Premiere.

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
My twitter -
My facebook -
My insta -

Thanks to Vlogbrothers for their sponsorship of this video. Money from the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck contributed to equipment used in this video.

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PhD and MD opportunities in General Practice and Primary Care at University of Glasgow

Doctoral students share their experience of studying for a PhD or MD in General Practice and Primary Care within the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at University of Glasgow.

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Tips for PhD journey. Professor Susan Hunston . University of Birmingham

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My PhD Dissertation Journey

I did it! PhDone! PhinisheD! I'm a doctor! I have finally completed my Doctorate in Neuroscience. Graduate school over these last six years has been a wonderful, frustrating, gratifying, arduous experience. A few short months ago, I started writing my PhD dissertation, which marked the end of that experience. This video serves as an inside look to my thesis writing process, as well as a time capsule of this moment in my life. I hope you enjoy it.

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Postgraduate research at School of Education - PhD researcher testimonial (Suomi Dey)

If you're considering becoming a researcher or doing your PhD at School of Education, this is a video for you. Listen to the testimonial by Soumi Dey, who recently completed her PhD in Children's Literature at University of Glasgow.

Learn more about our postgraduate research opportunities: 

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Doing A PhD In Your 30s Or PhD Before 30?: Average Age To Start PhD in Business Admin -Academia Tips

Knowing when to start a PhD is a big decision. Many people think that you should do a PhD before 30, or immediately after undergraduate school. However, you will be surprised by how many people actually do their PhD in their 30s.

Indeed, most people that pursue a PhD in Business Administration will be doing a PhD in their 30s.

Why do people pursue a PhD in their 30s in the business school? The primary reason is that most PhDs in Business administration usually require an MBA or in an equivalent degree. It is totally normal to start a PhD in Business Administration in your early and even late 30s.

Here is what you need to know if you are think about a PhD and age:

1. If you choose to do a research intensive PhD in Business, know that the outcomes of doing research generally take a long time. If you start your PhD in Strategy in your 40s, for example, you might not get tenure at a Business School until you are 55. This could be even later.

2. Young PhD’s are usually greatly discounted in the classroom. This is especially true if you are expecting to teach executives or MBAs. Being older or doing your PhD at 30 is often an asset if you want to teach.

3. At the current moment we are facing a situation where are many senior people that are looking to retire but few people are able to replace their administrative roles. People with administrative experience might actually have an advantage when they are thinking of roles like the Dean of a Business School.

4. If you have a family, you will face many more demands in school than other students will. This is fine, but just know that there are lots to do in school and you will be making many family-work trade-offs.

Check out these videos as well:

Should You Buy A House In Grad School - Thesis Help

Building Graduate Student - Advisor Relationships

Why Get A PhD In Business?: Business PhD Programs & Doctor Of Business Admin Programs - Thesis Help

Should You Get A PhD In Business Administration To Become A Consultant Or To Teach Executives?

How To Ask For A Letter Of Recommendation From A Professor - Monday Writes

What Is The Difference Between A Masters And PhD In Business Administration - Thesis Help

MBA Or PhD After Engineering Degree? - Thesis Help

Careers For A PhD In Business Administration?

Sabbatical Leave? Why You Should Go On A Sabbatical Leave.

What Leads To Unethical Behavior In Business And Research? - Thesis Help!

What's The Difference Between Undergraduate And Graduate School? - Thesis Help

How To Write An Email To A Professor For Graduate School Admission? - Thesis Help

What Areas Of Research In A PhD Will Make Me Most Competitive In The Job Market? - Thesis Help

What Is A Normal Day Of A PhD Student Or A Research Professor? - Thesis Help

PhD Supply And Demand - What Is The Supply And Demand Of A Graduate Degree - Thesis Help

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Going To Grad School? Thesis Help


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A week as a PhD student

I filmed a week of my life as a PhD student in atmospheric physics at the University of Exeter. Here's what I got up to!

If you have any questions about stuff I did please do ask in the comments below! Though I'm going to say in advance that I am NOT an expert on graduate school applications.

Next vlog:

My singing/chapel choir video:
Studying livestream:

If you want to learn more about chapel choir you can like us on facebook:

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- Solar Flares by Silent Partner
- One More Chance by Otis McDonald
- Nunc Dimittis (Truro) by Philip Stopford (
- Good Morning by Lakey Inspired (
- Feeling Good by Lakey Inspired (

Gear used:
- Canon G7X:
- Micromuff:
- Joby Gorillapod and ball joint mount:
- Premiere Pro

Thanks to all my friends for putting up with me filming all the time!

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I am Simon, a fourth year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

My twitter -
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Advice to PhD applicants

Thinking of applying for a PhD? Academics give advice on what studying for a PhD is like, and what questions applicants should be asking themselves.

Also check out the second video where professors talk about what they look for in PhD applicants:

For more information on what PhD life is like, check out my vlogs:

Thanks to all the academics for their advice! Links to their twitters below:
Dr Angus Ferraro:
Prof Matt Collins:
Prof Peter Cox:

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I am Simon, a third year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they're really cool.

Vlogs from Oxford students -
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My facebook -
Free music -

PhD - Education

Dr Marilena Mademtzi, discusses her PhD experience in the School of Education, University of Birmingham and what she has been doing since she graduated.

2019 PhD Lab Coat: Full Ceremony

2019 PhD Lab Coat Ceremony at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

The (brief) Story of My PhD

Explaining My PhD Research | PhD Vlog

In this video, I wanted to give a brief, three minute thesis style introduction to my PhD research. I didn’t quite manage that brevity, however, I hope this goes some way to explaining my PhD for those of you who have asked in the comments to my other videos!

For regular viewers, I hope this provides a little more context to some of my other PhD vlogs and gives you a little insight into what I actually get up to in my day to day life as a PhD Student at the University of Exeter.

Particularly for those of you thinking of applying for a PhD yourself, I know when I was choosing a PhD thesis topic, it was really useful to have examples of PhD research others were engaged in to guide me.

If you're already studying, then communicating research to public or non-academic audiences is one of the vital skills for PhD students as it allows you to improve your research impact and helps you learn to articulate the value of your research to non-specialist audiences. It’s not something I’m excellent at yet but certainly something that creating these YouTube videos has helped me to improve upon!

It’s also been a lot of fun to try a slightly different format for this video so do let me know what you think down in the comments!

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If you've enjoyed this video and would like to see more including my What The Theory? series in which I provide some snappy introductions to key theories in the humanities as well as PhD vlogs in which I talk about some of the challenges of being a PhD student then do consider subscribing.

Thanks for watching!

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How I got into TWO Harvard Ph.D Programs (Application Review)

Due to popular demand, I'm sharing the stats and stories in my Ph.D application to Harvard (as well as other schools I mention). This application got me into TWO Harvard Ph.D programs in Biology, as well as other top programs. Remember, however, that each application is different and that your application doesn't have to look like mine for you to be successful. Be yourself so you can find a program that fits you best.

2:40 Basic Stats
4:33 Research Experience
6:22 Academic Communication
7:47 Awards
9:37 Work/Volunteer Experience
10:58 Statement of Purpose
14:13 Application Results

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Is the Engineering PhD Worth It?

Hi friends!

Dr. Brad here again! Here we have a short talk about whether or not a PhD in engineering is worth it or not.

Cliff's notes: nope!

Enjoy! :)

-Dr. Brad



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