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Doctor of Philosophy - Arts

  • CRICOS Code: 056954J

The experience

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Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) student profile: Arti Appanah

Listen to Arti's experience undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) with The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at The University of Melbourne.

Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) student profile: Hayley Singer

Can I write an innovative piece of prose without understanding how writing works within (and without) the context of diverse literary histories? What tactics and techniques, poetics and politics fuel the novels, novellas, and short stories that excite me? These questions drive me through the day-to-day of my writing life, while my candidature offers crucial support within a community of writers that inspire and buoy me as I critically and creatively explore the possibilities offered up by my key questions.

Hayley Singer

A PhD provides time and space to think and write with the support of exceptional supervisors and a healthy store of research-related resources. I could have continued to write without completing a PhD, however, there were critical questions that troubled me:

That writing and researching have been my full-time pursuits for the past three years is perhaps the most enjoyable and challenging aspect of the PhD. Also, last year I was awarded a travelling scholarship to spend seven weeks researching and writing in France. This was a very productive time and, in many ways, the fulfillment of a long held dream.