PhD Degree in Human Sciences
I am pursuing a second PhD degree after obtaining my first PhD in Physical Education from the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria in 2018.
UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM | ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF HUMAN SCIENCES
Accredited Programme: MPhil/PhD in Human Sciences
MPhil/PhD Student: Stefan Kolimechkov
What is a PhD?
PhD is simply the pinnacle of formal education, so only a small number of people have ever obtained it. In fact, only around 1% of the world's adult population who have been to university have a PhD. PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy, and is the highest level of degree that is awarded by universities to candidates who have submitted a doctoral thesis, based on extensive and original research in their chosen field.
How did it all start and why I believe doing a PhD is the most amazing and fascinating journey ever?
I think it all started in 2011 when I was in my 4th year at University, studying for a Bachelor's degree in Sport and Physical Education at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria. The same year I was working on my first coursework in sports science (this was my first scientific project ever), and with the help and support of my supervisor, it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences in my life. The coursework itself was evaluated as the best in the Department of Gymnastics, and my presentation was described as a wonderful example of excellence by the head of the Department and Ex-Vice-President of the International Gymnastics Federation, Professor Nikola Hadjiev, D.Sc. In fact the exact words were as follows:
'Dear colleagues, this is a wonderful example of a Coursework, it is very well illustrated, and it has been presented in a magical way. We’ve known the student for 4 years from our lectures and I suggest that we should award an excellent mark of the highest category. Congratulations! It has been a real pleasure for us.’
Later that year I extended my coursework into a bachelor's dissertation, which received the highest possible mark. However, I really started thinking about doing a PhD a year later (in 2012), after an excellent defence of my master's dissertation at the Department of Physical Education at the National Sports Academy. In January 2013, I moved to the United Kingdom, as this was a long-standing goal of mine, and I have been living and working here since then. While my passion for doing a PhD continued to grow during the first few years of my stay in the UK, I was well aware that getting into a PhD programme in London was too expensive, and that my English skills were not at academic standards at that time. Therefore, in 2014, I started preparing my self-proposed project for a PhD thesis and the following year I was accepted for a distant learning PhD at the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria. Between 2015 nad 2018, I travelled to Bulgaria on a few occasions to take modules and exams, as well as for my viva (thesis defence). On the 30th of May 2018, I defended my Doctoral thesis in front of an audience of 50 people, including researchers from 3 departments at the National Sports Academy, the Scientific Jury, lecturers, colleagues and friends. The defence was an absolute success, and I beleive that this has been the greatest moment in my life so far. In November 2018, I was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Yes, I have already completed one PhD in 2018, and now I am pursuing a second PhD (but this time here in London) in Human Sciences, and more specifically in the fascinating research area of sarcopenia, due to my genuine curiosity towards slowing the aging processes. At the beginning of 2021, I started exploring the opportunity of getting into a PhD programme in this field, and one University ticked all the boxes.
The University of .... offered a great PhD programme, entitled ... Between .. May and August I preparted a PhD proposal related to the advertised research project, and in September I submitted my application. I would like to further my own career prospects whilst contributing to the essential work of this outstanding university.... to be continued...