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Reasons for dropping out of the doctoral programme

Reasons for dropping out of the doctoral programme

Many universities face high dropout rates in doctoral education. Often the reasons are not evident and it is thus difficult to decide which measures to implement to reduce these rates. Many universities have recently started to conduct surveys on the well-being and satisfaction levels of PhD candidates to get to know more about the study and research experiences of these young researchers. Often the motives for dropping out are not captured in these surveys.

A new publication “Why do students consider dropping out of doctoral degrees? Institutional and personal factors” gives interesting insights into the problem of dropping out. The authors found out that the most frequent motives for considering dropping out were difficulties in achieving a balance between work, personal life and doctoral studies and problems with socialization.

Castelló, Montserrat, et al. "Why do students consider dropping out of doctoral degrees? Institutional and personal factors." Higher Education (2017): 1-16.

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