The assumption that most students who undertake postgraduate research are aiming at an academic career is one much questioned by the figures produced, for example, in the UK by the researchers’ organisation Vitae, ‘What Do Researchers Do? Doctoral Graduates’ Destination and Impact Three Years On’ (2010). The stereotype of the young postgraduate working full-time in the lab for three years is also one questioned by the trend for students, sometimes considerably older than 21, to undertake master’s courses and doctorates mid-career and to take as the subject of their study elements of their own professional practice. It is important to remember that many people undertake professional doctorates and master’s courses mid-career because they want to have an effect on, or to research the effects of, their professional practice, as well as for their own self-development.
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