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Marie - reasons for doing a PhD
Name: Marie
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: H.E. lecturer; secondary school teacher
Year of graduation: 2004
Date of Interview: 12/06/2008

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Marie sums up why she did a PhD.

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Can you remember why you decided to do a PhD?

I just finished the MA, quite enjoyed the MA, going back to research for a year, it was great fun, met lots of people, so I thought 'right, I'll carry on.' I'd also applied for the funding, got the funding, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do, I was playing quite a lot of football to a very competitive standard and it fitted in really well with the football because it meant that I could train loads so I thought 'well, why not,' I mean there wasn't a really specific 'I love academic, I love research more than anything in the world,' that's not the reason I did it, it was kind of 'why not?' more than anything.

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