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Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study

Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study

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Post-Graduate Study Skills

March 2018 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The leap between the undergrad and postgrad can sometimes come as a surprise, especially if you've been out of education for a while.  Postgraduate study involves applying skills and knowledge in a more sophisticated and advanced way than was required during your degree. 

Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study demystifies some of the expectations of post-grad study and outlines tools and strategies for developing skills that will improve your work throughout the whole of your post-graduate course.  

This book advises you on how to:

  • decide what to read, and how best to read it
  • produce engaging outputs in writing or speaking that are convincing and engaging
  • pursue academic arguments and show evidence of research/reading 
  • maximize your employability after graduation.

Get ahead of the game and equip yourself with the skills needed to supercharge your postgraduate work!  

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Chapter 1: Understanding Yourself as a Learner and Postgraduate Student
Chapter 2: The Study Environment
Chapter 3: The Unspoken Rules of Academic Etiquette
Chapter 4: Reading to Some Purpose
Chapter 5: The Representation of Thinking at Postgraduate Level
Chapter 6: The Postgraduate Linguistic Skills
Chapter 7: Preparing Your Dissertation or Thesis Proposal
Chapter 8: Next Steps


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This is a very readable book for students who are embarking on postgraduate study for the first time and those returning to university. The text is clearly signposted throughout, highlighting the process from preparation to writing up and submitting. The authors have provided excellent advice underpinned with student examples.

Martyn Walker
Principle Research Fellow in Education, University of Huddersfield

This guide really resonated with my experiences as a postgraduate student. Packed with insights into the academic world and the study environment, the authors provide clear strategies for overcoming the challenges of postgraduate life. The case studies help to contextualise approaches in the book, helping me to think how I might use them in the real world.

Callum Blackmore
Postgraduate Student in Performing Arts Education

To me, it appears evident that the authors are writing not just with their professional expertise, but their own first-hand experience of postgraduate life...always helpful but never patronising and, above all, looking to reassure the reader that the power to successful postgraduate study is in their (your) hands. Relatable, helpful, reader-friendly. At just 124 pages, this guide is a quick, accessible read that provides relevant and practical advice which will be an undoubted help for anyone considering postgraduate study regardless of discipline or level. Highly recommended.

Robert Davies
The Cognitive Psychology Bulletin

A useful and well written text providing many useful hints, tips and assistance to successful postgraduate study. A great resource for the "new" postgrad.

Professor Adrian Hunnisett
Research, McTimoney College of Chiropractic
April 18, 2018

Geoffrey C Elliott

Dr Geoffrey Elliott is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education at the University of Worcester. He has worked in schools, further and adult education, and has previously held posts in the School of Independent Study at the University of East London, and the Open University where he taught on the Professional Doctorate programme in Education. His research interests are in Leadership, Ethics, and Widening Participation in Higher Education. Geoffrey is President of the Association for Research in Post-Compulsory Education, the sponsor of the international peer reviewed journal Research in Post-Compulsory Education which he has edited since its... More About Author

Karima Kadi-Hanifi

Dr Karima Kadi-Hanifi moved to Newman University in February 2017, having worked, prior to that, at the University of Worcester for nearly 10 years. She is a senior lecturer in education, having led partnerships across further and higher education for Initial Teacher Training, taught and supervised undergraduate and post-graduate students in areas as diverse as linguistics, inclusion, post-graduate research methods, EAL, ESOL and adult Literacy. She studied linguistics at Sheffield University, obtaining a PhD in 1989, and working first at Sheffield, followed by UCL, then Roehampton Universities, before settling in the West Midlands in 2007... More About Author

Carla Solvason

Dr Carla Solvason is Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester within the Centre for Children and Families. She is the pathway lead for the Masters in Early Childhood and is a PhD supervisor. Along with her colleague, Rosie Walker, she co-authored, Success with your Early Years Research Project, also published by Sage, which has received very positive reviews and is now a key text. Carla’s first role was as a primary school teacher. During that time she completed a Masters in Gender, Literature and Modernity and a PhD in Education, specifically looking at concepts of inclusion. Before starting work at Worcester, in 2009, she spent a... More About Author

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