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Table 5 Recommendations for scaffolding the PhD programme

From: The experience of international nursing students studying for a PhD in the U.K: A qualitative study

Adjusting to doctoral study • Clear pre-admission information and pre-admission discussions to clarify expectations.
  • Induction and orientation process, especially in the first year, including language and study skills support
  • Create a more structured 'feel' to the programme
  • Consider developing professional nursing content and clinical links within the programme
Finding support for doctoral Study • Induction should include orientation to UK supervision practice
  • 'Integrative events' to develop peer networks & better networking with School staff
  • Pro-active whole systems approach
  • Supervisor training but also training for other staff
Personal challenge and Personal growth • Facilitate access to university sources of support and social events
  • School-level international student advisor