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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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PART 1: NEGOTIATING THE RESEARCH PROCESS
 
Motivations for Doing a PhD
 
Formulating a Research Question
 
Choosing and Changing Supervisor
 
Managing the Ethics of Academia
 
What to do With Your Data
 
PART 2: WRITING, PUBLISHING AND NETWORKING
 
Writing Up and Writers Block
 
Papers and Publishing
 
Networking
 
Missing the Deadline
 
The Viva & Beyond
 
PART 3: SHIFTING IDENTITIES AND INSTITUTIONS
 
Non Traditional Routes into the PhD
 
Undertaking a PhD Part-time
 
Combining Teaching and Doctoral Studies
 
Reconciling the Research Role with the Personal
 
PART 4: RELATIONSHIPS OF SUPPORT
 
What to Expect From Your Supervisor
 
Enabling Research Environments
 
Combining Family Commitments
 
Coping with Stress

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Packed with practical advice on all aspects of the PhD process, new and continuing research students should find this book of great help.

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Professor Malcolm Tight
Lancaster University

Getting your PhD will no doubt establish itself as a firm favourite.

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what an easy read for PHD students, it give a good insight of the expectations of the PHD, also very good for Ed D students

Mrs Thamara Bulmer
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
December 18, 2014

This book is most helpful to Ph.D. students. The authors of this book managed to cover most of the aspects Ph.D. students encounter. These include the motivations of doing a Ph.D., formulating the research question, choosing and changing supervisors, managing the ethics of academia, what to do with data, writing up and writer’s block, papers and publishing, networking, missing deadlines, non-traditional routes into Ph.D. study, undertaking part-time Ph.D. work, combining teaching and doctoral studies, managing emotions in the research, what to expect from supervisors, family commitments, and coping with stress. Every chapter is conveniently divided in topics and summarized in a recurrent section, “Key Points to Remember.” Every section contains boxes with questions to ask or issues to pay attention to. A key advantage of this book over similar books on Ph.D. study is the attention devoted to part-time Ph.D. students and to less visible issues, such as the home front, emotions, and stress.

Dr Ruben Gowricharn
Humanities, Tilburg University
June 27, 2014

A well structured book covering the many aspects of a PhD from initial motivations and designing a research question through to writer's block and the viva and beyond! Overall, an interesting read with a real human feel to it. A good book for anyone studying a PhD to have on their desk and dip into as and when needed.

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

A well structured book covering the many aspects of a PhD from initial motivations and designing a research question through to writer's block and the viva and beyond! Overall, an interesting read with a real human feel to it.

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

Relevant and useful advice for all stages of the PhD journey. Many students still need this level of information and advice about negotiating this journey.

Dr Margaret Fletcher
Professional Clinical Nursing Dept, University of the West of England, Bristol
June 6, 2012

Good practical guide that offers enlightenment and advice for progressing with research projects.

Clear concise step by step guide.

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

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

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