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Teaching to PhD

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by joey81, Feb 13, 2016.

  1. joey81

    joey81 New commenter

    Before anyone points it out, I am aware I have an outstanding interview for a teaching post! Currently considering my options.

    Has anyone gone from teaching to studying for a PhD? I am considering it and am going in on Monday/Tuesday to chat to two different universities about the projects they have going as I have always wanted to study a PhD and this may be a good point to do it.

    As a parent of 2 very young children and currently working over an hour away from home in my last NQT term I will be leaving my current school in September. I'm considering whether I need more flexibility during term time in lieu of the long holidays. Does anyone have any input?
  2. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Yes, I did.
    I qualified as a teacher, taught for a while, completed my MA and continued on to study for a PhD.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    I did a PhD.

    I did it part time, with a two-year-old child, another pregnancy and a full-time lecturing post. Took me three years.


    But I was a lot younger and more energetic then!

    Best wishes

  4. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Three years part time; that is amazing Theo!

    I should be honest and say I did four years part time but sadly didn't complete. I hope to try again at a different university and a different topic.
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  5. joey81

    joey81 New commenter

    Did you go back to teaching afterwards, stay in research/higher education or do something else? I'm wondering if it would give me a break to re-evaluate things and get more experience in research at the same time.
  6. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    I went back into teaching and now I am a headteacher.
    I realise now that my research wasn't good enough. I am in the process of writing a new research proposal.
    If you want to do it then I would say do it but it will be a lot of hard work.
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  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I started the doctorate, but realised I was just too idle and really couldn't be bothered.

    Hope that helps!
  8. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I took a year out to complete a Masters - well worth it as it stood in good stead of the NPQH which I didn't have due to working overseas. The university suggested that I take another year out to do the PhD but I couldn't afford a second year without income. Additionally, I don't believe that having a PhD would have helped to further my career at the time.

    Don't think it would help my career now, since I am now retired!
  9. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    It's possible - After my M.Phil, I started my PhD but I was burnt out. I took a break for several years and worked in law (I did the exams to get a place as a Solicitor but didn't complete the training). I decided to return to my PhD but at another university (I had moved to Ireland from the UK) and went part-time. I was very lucky that my Irish university 'accepted' my residency at Oxford towards the 3 years required so I only had to 'pay' fees for one year (and later got funding for that 'year'). Therefore, the biggest worry of how to fund my studies was never a huge worry. My now husband paid the majority of our household bills so I could do my PhD and I worked part-time teaching (either EFL or in my department teaching 1st years). I managed to complete in 4 years (but had to take two terms off as a result of injuries in a bus accident - am fine now!). You usually can manage both -teaching and research - but depending on your subject, the writing up may be the most time consuming (I only did departmental teaching that term).....

    After completing my PhD, I wrote a book (so much easier after completing the PhD), taught EFL, got married and had a child (who is now 4).....A few years ago, I decided I wanted to return to the UK and secondary teaching - I am now in the process of writing a second book proposal and am hopeful that it is doable. I have settled into a new school that I really like (started last September), so feel ready for that second book. I see that you are interviewing for a new job at the moment? I might hesitate about starting a new job and starting a PhD at the same time but as long as you are organised, it's very possible (but remember that unless you get funding, it may be tricky financially).

    I am glad I did a PhD - I loved doing the research and studying my topic - but it was for my own intellectual curiosity; it has helped me in my career (I didn't do a PGCE).

    Good luck!
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  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    *Feel the need, lest people think I am outrageously bone idle, to point out I have 3 master's degrees as well as my bachelor's. Learning for its own sake is a wonderful thing, but know thyself!*
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  11. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    Just curious - what in?
  12. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    To reply too publicly might identify me to people with whom I've worked! But (1) MA in specialised areas of first degree subject, (2) MBA, (3) MA in something completely unrelated to teaching or school leadership, just for fun and enjoyment.
    sabrinakat likes this.
  13. casperyc

    casperyc New commenter

    Just finished my PhD in Sep 2015, and now on training for QTS. :)

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