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Clocktower. Monday 16 June 2014 3:17pm

For people interested or involved in postgraduate study at Otago

Photo of Brian Moloughney. The time you spend as a postgraduate student will probably be the only time you ever get to focus solely upon your own research. No matter what roles you move into in later life, it is most unlikely that you will again be given the time and space to devote all your energy to your own research project. Even those of us who work in universities, where research is part of our core business, find it difficult to recapture the concentrated time for our own projects that we enjoyed when we were doing our postgraduate degrees. So enjoy the experience while you can!

This is not to say that there aren't challenges in postgraduate study. There are, and at times these can seem overwhelming, although nowadays universities like Otago have much better structures to support postgraduate students. In the Humanities, one of the challenges is the solitary nature of much of the work we do. Working on your own individual project can be very rewarding, but it means you lack the support provided by a team of scholars working together toward a common goal. For this reason, it's good to get to know other postgraduate students and also participate in the activities provided by Graduate Research Services. Some of these, such as the Three Minute Thesis competition, won last year by English student Carol Wyvill — profiled in this issue of the Otago Post — can even be quite a lot of fun.

Professor Brian Moloughney
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Humanities

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