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Graduate survey: A love–hurt relationship

Published on Oct 1, 2017in Nature43.07
· DOI :10.1038/nj7677-549a
Chris Woolston6
Estimated H-index: 6
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Nature's 2017 PhD survey reveals that, despite many problems with doctoral programmes, PhD students are as committed as ever to pursuing research careers.
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