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Getting Your PhD

Getting Your PhD
A Practical Insider's Guide

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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.

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


Professor Malcolm Tight
Lancaster University

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


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Mr Julian Ayres
School of Education and Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University
June 29, 2021

A brilliantly written text, that is easy to read and informative. It will be re-considered when we re-instate our MSc programme as it would be a good tool for students to consider their long-term education. However, it is a little high level for the programme I requested it for.

Mrs Jen Pogacic
Vocational Education, Moulton College
November 29, 2019

Excellent book and it is insightful and informative for my students.

Mr Rohit Sagoo
Health & Social Care (Cambridge), Anglia Ruskin University
October 31, 2019

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
October 16, 2015

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

Harriet Churchill

Academic ProfileI joined the Department of Sociological Studies in September 2008 having previously taught at the University of Manchester (2005-2008) and been a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds (2003-2005).ResearchMy research interests bridge social policy and sociology with a focus on the analysis of policies, services and everyday lived experiences in relation to childhood, young people, parenthood and family support. I am interested in the relationship between child, family and social policy, and engage in critical policy analysis for improvements in child welfare and family... More About Author

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Teela Sanders is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester specializing in the cross-sections between gender, crime and justice. She has researched areas relating to the sex industry for 15 years producing eight books and many articles. Her current projects look at digital technologies and the sex industry ( with a strong impact agenda around netreach and safety guidance for sex workers. She is a strong supporter of Participatory Action Research methods which underpin her research endeavours, working alongside the sex work community to ensure evidence-based policy speaks to the rights agenda. Other... More About Author

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