When is the best time to undertake a PhD?
- By: Caroline Elton
As with many things in life, there are pros and cons to any one course of action. On the plus side, if you are able to complete a PhD during an intercalated year, this means that you might be able to get your research degree “done and dusted” as part of your undergraduate clinical training. A PhD with minimum fuss—in theory. However, when I asked an academic clinical colleague for her opinion, she pointed out that if you complete a PhD in your intercalated year it might be a long time before you are eligible to apply for a postdoctoral position. The alternative is to do the PhD later on after your foundation training and apply for an academic clinical fellowship position that has a PhD as part of the training programme. This colleague, who heads up a large research team, also emphasised the importance of seeking out a good