"My supervisors push me further to refine and sharpen my ideas, and encourage me to think ahead and to view my PhD as not only as a degree, but as an opportunity to become part of a larger group of world-leading researchers."
"I got my bachelor and masters degrees in English Language, Civilisation and Literature from the University of Laghouat in Algeria. Following this, I began my PhD at the University of Surrey.
I’m fond of combining different approaches and fields of study together. Therefore, a PhD in English literature seemed the perfect interdisciplinary research for me to undertake. I’m using a combination of social sciences approaches and linguistic theories in my research to analyse the discursive construction of gender and mainly masculinity in a selection of Edward Albee’s plays.
I dreamt of undertaking my PhD at Surrey and becoming part of such a welcoming university. Surrey offers a wide range of fields of research, with world-renowned standards, and I so wanted to become a part of the English department.
Surrey is well positioned. In less than an hour I can get to Gatwick airport to travel back home or to visit EU countries. Guilford is also a very clean town.
The campus is so calm and so beautiful. There’s a lot of greenery and fresh air, and it’s a peaceful atmosphere. It is a village for students where they can study, do their grocery shopping inside the university, enjoy a picnic at the University’s lake and even order a pizza on campus.
On my first day at Surrey I went to visit the Library and was blown away by the amount of books there are, from literature and psychology to gender studies. I spent nearly four hours roaming the bookshelves that day.
Now, it’s been almost a year since I started my PhD programme at Surrey and my overall experience has been just great. There are ups and downs when you’re doing a PhD, but at Surrey there are many people including PGRs, staff members and teachers who are willing to help you through any type of difficulties.
My two supervisors are the nicest and the most professional people ever. They provide a lot of positive and constructive feedback concerning my research topic, as well as encouraging me to think about future prospects for my academic career. They push me further to refine and sharpen my ideas, and encourage me to think ahead and to view my PhD as not only as a degree, but as an opportunity to become part of a larger group of world-leading researchers.
I’m almost through my confirmation process which I’m so excited about and I really can’t wait to see my thesis come into fruition over the coming years."