Getting Your PhD
A Practical Insider's Guide
- Harriet Churchill - University of Manchester, UK
- Teela Sanders - Leicester University, UK
Essays/Dissertations | Post-Graduate Study Skills
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.
Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!
This was not received
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.
Excellent book and it is insightful and informative for my students.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good practical guide that offers enlightenment and advice for progressing with research projects.
Clear concise step by step guide.
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.