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Achieving Your Doctorate While Working in Higher Education

Achieving Your Doctorate While Working in Higher Education

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June 2021 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Undertaking a part-time doctorate when you’re working full-time in higher education can be daunting. This guide gives you realistic and reassuring support for the complexities and challenges you might face.

Each chapter helps you map the next step in your doctoral journey, from discovering your motivations and making important decisions about where to study, to preparing for thesis submission and your viva  – and how to navigate the ‘after’ when you’ve completed your doctorate. The book:

  • Gives you honest, down-to-earth advice about how to navigate professional and personal challenges, such as continuing professional development and maintaining motivation.
  • Discusses unique tensions additionally faced by academics studying in their own institution, such as managing supervisory relationships.
  • Showcases a diverse range of student experiences, with over 20 case studies of postgraduate researchers.
  • Includes practical activities and reflective questions to help you make the right decisions for you.

You can also find templates for helpful techniques, such as doing a SWOT analysis, and a collection of carefully-chosen weblinks to handy resources, such as funding information, on the book's website. 

This book is a companion for anyone undertaking doctoral research while working in higher education. 

Chapter 1: Introduction: Setting the scene
Chapter 2: What’s driving you?
Chapter 3: Starting your journey
Chapter 4: Transitioning to the doctorate experience
Chapter 5: Supervision during your doctoral journey
Chapter 6: Navigating procedural challenges
Chapter 7: Navigating personal and emotional challenges
Chapter 8: One stop to go: Preparing for your thesis submission and the viva
Chapter 9: Arriving at your destination