Day in the life; a typical day as a postgraduate student

Caroline Harriman is a Kent PhD student. Here she describes what an average day can typically look like.

Postgraduate students

The life of a postgraduate student is a unique blend of academic pursuits, personal growth, and the challenges of balancing various responsibilities. It’s a journey filled with intellectual curiosity, hard work, and self-discovery. In this blog post, we’ll take you through a typical day in the life of an average postgraduate student, shedding light on the experiences, routines, and challenges that shape their daily existence.

Caroline Harriman
Caroline Harriman

Lunch is not just about nourishment; it’s also a chance to socialize with friends and unwind.




  1. Early Rise: Most postgraduate students start their day early, often waking up between 6:00 and 7:00 a.m. This allows for a peaceful morning routine before diving into academic responsibilities.
  2. Exercise and Self-Care: Many students begin with a workout, yoga, or meditation to stay physically and mentally fit. Self-care is crucial for maintaining balance.
  3. Lectures and Seminars: Postgraduate students typically have a mix of lectures and seminars throughout the week. These sessions involve in-depth discussions, critical thinking, and engagement with fellow students and professors.
  4. Research and Study: After attending classes, students often dedicate several hours to research, reading, and studying. The library, personal study spaces, or university research centres become their second home.
  5. Lunch and Social Time: Lunch is not just about nourishment; it’s also a chance to socialize with friends and unwind. Postgraduate students cherish these breaks as an opportunity to connect with peers and share experiences.
  6. Dinner: Dinner is a time to refuel after a productive day. Some students prefer cooking a meal at home, while others opt for a quick meal on campus.
  7. Relaxation and Leisure: Evenings offer a brief respite from academics. Postgraduate students engage in leisure activities like reading for pleasure, watching a movie, or pursuing hobbies.
  8. Preparation for the Next Day: Organised students take some time to plan their schedule for the following day, ensuring they’re ready to tackle their academic and personal commitments.