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Subjective Construction of the Well-being of a Doctoral Students: Types, Motives and Strategies for Achieving

Student: Daria Ionova

Supervisor: Olga Savinskaya

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Sociology (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

This paper analyses the vital aspects of doctoral student’s subjective well-being that are common for this group. This topic seems relevant, due to the fact that the number of doctoral students, is decreasing. Looking at the statistics, it can be seen that today in Russia there is a noticeable decline in the number of young people studying in doctoral schools. If in 2010 there were 157 thousand, then already in 2018 the number of doctoral students reached only 90.8 thousand . In addition to decreasing the number of students, the number of those who finish their studies is also decreasing. The dropout index of doctoral students from 2000 to 2017 increased by 1.5 times. The number of graduates for 2017 was also reduced and the number of dissertations defended from 20 542 in 2010 to 9672 in 2017, which is much lower than in other countries, for example, in the USA the number of awarded doctoral degrees was 50,000, and in Germany 29,000 .There are several factors that lead doctoral students to not complete their studies. So the question is how students who continue studying describe their experience during learning at doctoral schools, how they feel and what keeps them to proceed. That is why the purpose of this work is to describe doctoral student’s subjective well-being, using leitmotif interview.

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