Depending on where you are in your research project, you will probably want or not want to consider what happens when you finish. Indeed, ‘Is there life after the research?’ is not such an ironic question. A research project that lasts the best part of a year (MA) to up to eight years (PhD — but preferably three years) quite simply takes over your life, or part of it. Once you have been successful in your submission and assessment and in your viva, and if necessary, resubmitted or revised, you will probably feel all or some of the following: Elated — this is the major achievement Ready to rejoin the human race — the family and your friends Ready to do all those things you have been putting off Bereaved. You live with your research and your thesis for a long time, like a recalcitrant pet animal. For some people it is actually impossible to stop, give it up, hand it over, bring it to a close. There was no life after research for the nineteenthcentury British novelist George Eliot’s Casaubon in Middlemarch. He could not imagine completion and he never completed. But you have finished and the world awaits you.
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