What is a distance learning PhD?
It is a degree completed from home via online, and not at a university campus.
Why would you take a distance learning course?
I had originally applied to do my PhD on campus in the UK, however due to financial and family reasons, I will be completing my PhD from home AKA Orlando, Florida only going to campus once or twice a year depending on what I need. Doing my degree via distance learning will give me the flexibility to help my family financially, and complete the degree that I have dreamed of most of my life.
Is it going to be hard?
Probably, since I will be working and studying full-time instead or doing just my PhD. When you have responsibilities at home you kinda have to work and study at the same time. Thankfully, I have a flexible job, that is very understanding, and have tremendous benefits (The amount of vacation time is amazing at my job is amazing).
How much will you have to travel?
I probably will have to travel a bit during the year. I know for sure, I will have to go to Birmingham for induction and training in September, and then again every year for at least 2 weeks. Also, probably 3 months in Spain to do interviews, and some travelling in the states to go to different archives of the Spanish Civil War in New England and California. My timetables will vary, and set to travel about 6 to 9 months for my research if it all goes well.
Will you have time to do everything you want?
I pray that I do. i just have to remain close to God and do a lot of time management and little procrastination. I will be using my bullet journals as my planner to make sure i stay on task, as well as using lots of stationary (my favorite) to remind myself of all of my tasks and goals.
How do you apply for an online degree?
It really depends on the country you are wanting to study from. Applying to schools in the UK, I did not have to pay an application fee and I did not have to take the GRE (The top two things I made sure I did not have to do as I do not believe in standardized testing being the most important thing in order to get into a school [yes I am a horrible test taker]). You must have at least two letters of recommendation from professors in your field that have previously worked with you, and you must have a merit degree (honors) and a merit dissertation.
Merit in the UK reflects a cum laude of the US, while distinction is the magna cum laude of the UK (you will be published if you get a distinction[I was so close I got a 67 and needed a 70, but amen I am not bitter I promise LOL]). You need to have all of the documents including transcripts, research proposals and personal statements along with the letters of recommendation. Then you can go ahead and apply. My decision came in about 1 month after I applied and 2 days after all of my documents and recommendations were submitted.
Now, I wait and read until it is time for me to go to the UK to do my induction. Currently, I am wait on my official transcripts to be processed and I will have an unconditional offer which will allow me to register for my degree. In the meanwhile, I am preparing by doing some reading on my topic, and taking lots of notes, so that I am ready to start the literature review in September.
Whats with the video?
This videos makes an introduction to the series of videos about distance learning/online PhD that I will be doing. There will be videos on a variety of topics like impostor syndrome, applications, the waiting game, induction, registration and many more.
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