Nature: How to build a better PhD

Nature: How to build a better PhD

There are too many PhD students for too few academic jobs — but with imagination, the problem could be solved.

How to build a better PhD is a feature piece published in Nature on 2 December 2015. The PhD currently not doing enough to train early career researchers for the career paths they are going to follow. Although research and the career tracks related have changed, the training has stagnated at what it was decades ago. This piece explores some alternative ideas on how the PhD could be changed to suit the needs of the more modern PhD student.