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Robert - reasons for doing a PhD
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Name: Robert
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: Academic research support administration
Year of graduation: 2003
Date of Interview: 17/06/2008

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Robert identifies the different motivating factors that led to the PhD.

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Can you remember why you did a PhD? 

I think that although I wouldn't have admitted to it quite so readily at the time, part of it was not wanting to get a job when I was 22. Part of it was also a sense of unfinished business that I really did feel when I finished my Masters – that there was a lot more still to do on the topic that I'd done my Masters dissertation on. And I felt that my Masters dissertation was actually really interesting. It was an area that nobody had looked at before, it was quite unusual and I knew that there were other sources that I hadn't looked at and I quite wanted to work with the supervisor who I worked with who was somebody who had taught me when I was an undergraduate. I went to one institution in London when I was an undergraduate. Went away to a much older university to do my Masters and then returned to the same place I'd been an undergraduate to do my PhD. Largely because of the supervisor who was somebody who I had a lot of time for, both personally and in terms of his work and so I think it was primarily that sense of unfinished business but also with a little bit of not really knowing what else to do at the time.

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