Getting started with doctoral research
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The commencement of doctoral studies involves many practical matters you should deal with right away. Once you have accepted the place offered to you, activated your user account in the University’s data network and read the key practical instructions for new doctoral researchers, you still face the biggest hurdle for new doctoral researchers: getting started with your doctoral dissertation and the related studies. Nervous? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! Each year, some 600 new doctoral researchers begin their studies at the University of Helsinki.
Your work methods and the best practices largely depend on your discipline. Another factor to consider is whether you are pursuing doctoral studies on a full-time basis or, for example, while working elsewhere. However, all doctoral researchers embarking on their studies should take a moment to consider the work methods that can best support their research and draw up a preliminary plan for their dissertation project.