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Succeeding with Your Doctorate

Succeeding with Your Doctorate

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April 2005 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'From page one the appeal of the book is evident in the jargon free, user friendly text. I would not hesitate to recommend it to other students whatever stage of their doctorate they have reached.' - Educate Journal  

Whether you undertaking a taught doctorate, or a course of study leading to a PhD, Succeeding with Your Doctorate offers complete, up-to-date guidance and discussion on all aspects of successful doctoral work. The five experienced authors give advice on every stage in the process of completing a doctorate, from helping you to engage in critical reflection to better understand your own research biases, to useful guidelines on preparing for, and surviving, the viva.

Combining general discussion with practical advice, this book is an essential companion to your research. Topics include:

  • Preparing for a doctorate
  • Embarking on your Research
  • Adapting to life as a student
  • Working with a supervisor
  • Reading critically
  • Conceptualising your research
  • Thinking about methodologies and approaches
  • Producing a thesis
  • Preparing for and taking the viva
  • Disseminating your research.

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What is a Doctorate and Why do People do them?
How Did I Get Here?
An Auto/biographical Approach

Learning on the Doctoral Journey
Framing the Research
Reviewing the Literature
Doing Research
Reflecting on Methods, Methodology and Ethics

Approaching Research as Lived Experience
Writing and the Writing Process in a Doctorial Programme
Production Values in the Doctoral Thesis
Presenting Your Work at the Viva
Whatever Next?
Spreading the Word and Becoming Part of the Research Community



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This is a good guide to give an overview of the key areas that people can consider when needing a text to refer to throughout the process.

Mr Julian Ayres
School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
June 29, 2021

This is an excellent book, but it doesn't offer us anymore than our already established book. I would recommend to our students

Mr Nick White
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
September 13, 2015

This book is a useful guide for students undertaking a doctorate.

Mrs Sharon Arkell
School of Health, Wolverhampton University
August 11, 2014

A 'must read' guide for those embarking on, or considering undertaking a doctorate.

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
June 2, 2014

This book is a good little companion to those studying for a PhD. It contains lots of well structured advice across the various phases of the programme. A solid guide to dip in and out of throughout the research process.

Dr Rachel Curzon
Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
April 10, 2013

In my view this is a really good guide to what is expected of a student undertaking a doctorate. The cameo's are really useful and clarify expectations.

Ms Michelle Evans
Faculty of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
July 30, 2012

This book gives clear practical advice to begining reasechers.
It is useful to consult at the outset of your studies but also gives approprite guidance as you continue with your studies.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
January 12, 2012

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