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Getting Your PhD

Getting Your PhD
A Practical Insider's Guide

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August 2007 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How to get your Ph.D is an original study guide aimed at prospective and current postgraduate students, covering the process of accessing, undertaking and completing doctoral research in the social sciences and the humanities.

The content is unique in incorporating discussion of the less recognised personal, emotional and organisational demands of independent study. Drawing on a variety of student experiences, the authors apply a case study approach to examine the dilemmas and complexities of postgraduate study. The book is organised into four parts covering the research process; writing, publishing and networking; shifting identities and institutions and relationships of support. Each chapter includes an easy to use format including real-life accounts, tips and strategies for problem solving and guidance for additional resources.

The guide includes accessible advice and guidance across a spectrum of methodological, personal, emotional, practical and institutional issues.

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Motivations for Doing a PhD
Formulating a Research Question
Choosing and Changing Supervisor
Managing the Ethics of Academia
What to do With Your Data
Writing Up and Writers Block
Papers and Publishing
Missing the Deadline
The Viva & Beyond
Non Traditional Routes into the PhD
Undertaking a PhD Part-time
Combining Teaching and Doctoral Studies
Reconciling the Research Role with the Personal
What to Expect From Your Supervisor
Enabling Research Environments
Combining Family Commitments
Coping with Stress


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A well-structured and accessible text, which offers reassurance that all those moments of insecurity, anxiety and self-doubt that so often accompany doctoral research are perfectly normal. I suspect that many PhD students will find themselves returning to this book at various times through their studies.

Dr Pauline Couper
Schl of Society, Environment & Culture, College of St Mark and St John
May 23, 2012

I didn't feel this was particularly useful in that it wasn't insightful as to difficulties that could be experienced and it didn't give candidates insider tips to writing that I could point them to, but it had some useful parts in it that were instructive and for some students it was good supplementary reading esp for those considering rather than doing the phd.

Dr Sue Hacking
Nursing, Central Lancashire University
July 16, 2010

There are several students currently completing a Masters programme who have asked for information on further study. this text has been suggested to them.

Mrs Chris Neanon
School of Educ & Continuing Studies, Portsmouth University
November 19, 2009

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