Why Did You Do It?

Why did you work on your PhD?

  • Is it because you had a passion?
  • You had curiosity you had to explore?
  • Did you want to work with your supervisor and together steered things to the work that became your PhD?
  • Or did you apply for a project that seemed interesting and you thought would suit you?

Any of these situations are fine. There’s no magic “best reason” for doing a PhD or selecting a topic. “Why did you do it?” is a good starter question. Whatever your reason is it’s really a lead-in to a topic you’ll definitely need to talk about in the viva:

Why was your research worth doing?