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From Postgraduate to Social Scientist

From Postgraduate to Social Scientist
A Guide to Key Skills

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240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
From Postgraduate to Social Scientist is essential reading for any postgraduate or new researcher who is interested in a career in the social sciences. The book describes the skills needed for success in moving from being a student to becoming an academic or professional social scientist. Written by experts in the field, Gilbert et al., this book offers a unique insider's view of how to make the transition.

By adopting a clear and accessible approach, this book encourages students embarking on the journey towards becoming a social scientist to engage with every aspect of the process:
  • Reviewing and writing skills
  • Using the Internet
  • Research ethics
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Writing research proposals
  • Project management
  • Writing a thesis and reports
  • Creating presentations, press releases and popular articles
  • Teaching skills
  • Careers in social science

From Postgraduate to Social Scientist is designed for postgraduate students and researchers across the social sciences. It will be invaluable for courses that aim to satisfy the Economic and Social Research Council's 'Training Guidelines' requirements for doctoral programs.
Nigel Gilbert
Becoming a Social Scientist
Annette Boaz with Adrienne Sidford
Reviewing Existing Research
Nina Wakeford, Kate Orton-Johnson and Katrina Jungnickel
Using the Internet
Mark Israel
Research Ethics
Keith Punch with Wayne McGowan
Developing and Writing a Research Proposal
Linda McKie and Jonathan Tritter with Nancy Lombard
Project Management
Alison Firth
Intellectual Property
Nigel Fielding with Jonathan Allen
Writing Dissertations, Theses and Reports
Rowena Murray
Communicating with Other Audiences
David Mills with Lucy Atkinson
Those Who Can...? Teaching as a Postgraduate
Jeannette Holt
What Next? Career Paths


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This book is an excellent overview of the skills needed to work as a social scientist. It fits well in our course where students 'intern' in a research group for a term before starting to do research for their thesis.

Dr Thomas Hillman
Faculty of Education, Gothenburg University
April 13, 2015

I found this a refreshing read, however not entirely suitable for the needs of the course.

Mr Antonio Pangallo
Department of Psychology, City University
June 14, 2013

This book offers a view of how students can applie their learning in research for both academic and practice work. Student will be recomened to read this book fior their development in the subject.

Dr Martin Partridge
Faculty of Health , Staffordshire University
August 28, 2012

This book provides a brilliant overview of key issues and aspects which students need to engage with at the early stages of 'becoming' an educational researcher. It provides very clear guidance and includes references to highly useful literature which makes this a highly valuable read for those who are beginning their journey into academia.
An original feature of this book is that it provides hands-on examples and that it takes the needs of increasingly diverse/international research communities into account.

Dr Nadine Schaefer
Graduate School of Education, Exeter University
June 2, 2012

Absolutely fantastic. Everything a student needs to know to become effective social scientists

Miss Nicola O'keefe
Roehampton Business School, Roehampton University
October 19, 2011

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Nigel Gilbert

Nigel Gilbert is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England. He is the author or editor of 34 books and many academic papers and was the founding editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. His current research focuses on the application of agent-based models to understanding social and economic phenomena, especially the emergence of norms, culture, and innovation. He obtained a doctorate in the sociology of scientific knowledge in 1974 from the University of Cambridge and has subsequently taught at the universities of York and Surrey in England. He is one of the pioneers in the field of... More About Author

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