Ph D or “loadsamoney”?

Neighbour, Gareth B. (1993). Ph D or “loadsamoney”? Physics World, 6(5) p. 72.



It is a brave person who opts for a Ph D after slogging away for a hard-earned first degree. Most of us do it in a vain attempt to continue in a relaxed environment and to become a "Doc". To do a Ph D is to sentence oneself to three more years of poverty, long arduous hours and the stress of writing a thesis, when one could easily go elsewhere and carn "loadsa money" to pay off the overdraft accumulated as an undergraduate. Most Ph D students realise they are used as pawns by their supervisors, in empire-building exercises, in a world where British science is crumbling to its foundations. However, a Ph D can be an enjoyable pursuit, with easy-going attitudes not found outside academia (to stroll in to work late in the morning is just one of the small perks).

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