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PhD Studies: A Recent Guide for Applicants

October 6, 2014

Further to my earlier posting about PhD programmes in the USA and the UK here, I notice a recent book written for potential applicants (and aspiring scholars) with special reference to New Testament:  Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond, by Nijay K. Gupta (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011).

Gupta is himself a recent PhD and recently successful both in publishing a book from his PhD thesis and in obtaining an academic post.  So, in general, he is well informed and able to advise prospective applicants.  But also see the review (which raises a couple of critical points) here.

Also, a few years back doctoral students in American and UK PhD programmes wrote essays about their experiences that were published on the Society of Biblical Literature web site here.


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  1. I had read Gupta’s book not long after it had been published and found it refreshingly detailed. Pursuing a Phd seems to be a combination of determination, luck, and discipline. Determination because one must be highly determined and driven in order to go through the process of applying to Phd programs and being rejected. Luck because one will be very lucky even to be accepted into a program AND receive funding. Obviously being disciplined is a must for staying focused on the dissertation and getting it completed in a timely manner.

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