Once you've decided on your research area and have considered your proposal, draw up a shortlist 2 to 3 supervisors that match your research interests.
Your PhD supervisor could be someone:
- you’ve interacted with during undergraduate or postgraduate study
- from your previous or current university who you don’t personally know but whose work aligns with your research interests
- from a university you haven’t studied at before
You can learn about their research by reading their publications, books, reports and work in the community. You'll usually find this information on:
- university staff profiles
- scientific databases
- academic blogs
- project listings
Some potential supervisors will list their current and previous PhD students, with links to their profiles. Their experience may be useful in helping you to make your decision.
Your supervisor will be someone you regularly work and interact with. It's important to feel you could build a relationship with them. You both need to feel you make a good match.