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Doing Postgraduate Research

Doing Postgraduate Research

Second Edition
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July 2006 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The prospect of undertaking postgraduate research can seem daunting. This thoroughly revised Second Edition of Doing Postgraduate Research will show you how to undertake your research better, quicker, and with as little hassle as possible. The text offers an authoritative and comprehensive guide to better research practice and is fully compliant with research training requirements, including the Joint Research Councils' Skills Statement.

Doing Postgraduate Research will enable you to acquire research methods skills as you proceed through your Masters or PhD programme. Key topics include:

  • Designing and organizing a research project
  • Understanding alternative research perspectives
  • Doing a literature review
  • Academic writing
  • IPR and Ethics in research
  • Research presentations
  • Preparing for a viva
  • Career development.

Activities are used throughout the book to link the material to student's own research projects, encouraging practical `training by doing'. The book comes with a DVD and website which illustrate key features of the research process, and provide further reading and a guide to additional resources.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!


Getting Going
Scoping Your Research
Logics of Enquiry
Planning and Organizing Your Research
Academic Writing
Undertaking a Literature Review
Doing the Right Thing
Ethical Frameworks for Research with Human Participants
Research Presentations
The Examination Process and the Viva
Developing Your Career


Doing Postgraduate Research

The Companion Website for Doing Postgraduate Research contains a range of online resources to support the book.
Resources for lecturers:

  • Workshop outlines
  • PowerPoint slides

Resources for students:

  • Downloadable checklists and exercises
  • Useful web links.
SAGE Study Skills website

Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

`Students planning on graduate research in the UK (and those who advise them) will find this book a good resource to anticipate the differences in the UK educational system and how those will affect their graduate studies.' - NACADA Journal

"Students planning on graduate research in the UK (and those who advise them) will find this book a good resource to anticipate the differences in the UK educational system and how those differences wil affect their graduate studies" —Cheryl Blake Price, Florida State University

Cheryl Blake Price
Florida State University

Offers a practical and helpful guidebook both for students and supervisors. It is recommended for research students at the early stages of their research studies, because it provides a thought-provoking account of the different aspects of post-graduate research. Additionally, it can be a useful tool and resource pack for advanced research students who want to think about viva and career options after the completion of the PhD...a useful addition to the growing literature of books on post-graduate research. It provides not only a helpful reading but also a complete multimedia resource pack for new and more-advanced students and supervisors.

Educate Journal
Educate Journal

This text has been written well and Stephen Potter has provided a well, concise and clear piece of work. It provides information to all aspects of postgraduate research and I particularly like how it includes the different sections from scoping your research to the viva. Postgraduate students will find this text beneficial at any point of their research.

Miss Ella Malton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of HE And FE
November 5, 2018

A useful resource enabling students to explore and participate in postgraduate research encountering PGD, MA and PhD levels. The use of activity boxes is useful for testing the students understanding of the content.

Mr Ian Jones
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
March 4, 2016

A good guide for any postgraduate research

Ms Lorna Armitage
Department of Computing, Bradford University
November 24, 2014

This is a very well structured and written book. The exercises and the answers to those exercises are a very effective method to ensure the reader engages with the book rather than skimming across its surface.

Mr David Biggins
The Business School, Bournemouth Univ.
April 22, 2014

Whilst this is applicable for various PG studies the text content supports PhD studies in particular.

Professor Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn
Business School, Northampton University
September 20, 2010

A very useful collection of relevant material - codifies material in earlier publications and introduces new.
Relevant to students on a range of modules and especially those doing individual projects.
Well-structured and articulated.

Dr Hazel Wright
Education Studies, Anglia Ruskin University
April 14, 2010

A well laid out text that addresses key aspects of postgraduate study. The supporting DVD and website provide valuable resources and guidance for students and tutors and represent excellent value for money.

Ms Jill Powell
Education , Bradford College
February 10, 2010

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