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Succeeding with Your Doctorate
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Succeeding with Your Doctorate

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May 2005 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Whether you undertaking a taught doctorate, or a course of study leading to a PhD, this book offers complete, up-to-date guidance and discussion on all aspects of successful doctoral work. The five experienced authors give advice on every stage in the process of completing a doctorate, from helping you to engage in critical reflection to better understand your own research biases, to useful guidelines on preparing for, and surviving, the viva. Combining general discussion with practical advice, this book is an essential companion to your research.

Topics include:

Preparing for a doctorate

Embarking on your Research

Adapting to life as a student

Working with a supervisor

Reading critically

Conceptualising your research

Thinking about methodologies and approaches

Producing a thesis

Preparing for and taking the viva

Disseminating your research


 
PART ONE: EMBARKING ON A DOCTORATE
 
What is a Doctorate and Why do People do them?
 
How Did I Get Here?
An Auto/biographical Approach

 
 
Learning on the Doctoral Journey
 
PART TWO: CONCEPTUALISING AND FOCUSING THE STUDY
 
Framing the Research
 
Reviewing the Literature
 
PART THREE: THINKING ABOUT METHODOLOGIES
 
Doing Research
Reflecting on Methods, Methodology and Ethics

 
 
Approaching Research as Lived Experience
 
PART FOUR: WRITING THE THESIS
 
Writing and the Writing Process in a Doctorial Programme
 
Production Values in the Doctoral Thesis
 
PART FIVE: PRESENTING AND SHARING RESEARCH
 
Presenting Your Work at the Viva
 
Whatever Next?
Spreading the Word and Becoming Part of the Research Community

 

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This is an excellent book, but it doesn't offer us anymore than our already established book. I would recommend to our students

Mr Nick White
Nursing and Midwifery, Sheffield Hallam University
September 13, 2015

This book is a useful guide for students undertaking a doctorate.

Mrs Sharon Arkell
School of Health, Wolverhampton University
August 11, 2014

A 'must read' guide for those embarking on, or considering undertaking a doctorate.

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
June 2, 2014

This book is a good little companion to those studying for a PhD. It contains lots of well structured advice across the various phases of the programme. A solid guide to dip in and out of throughout the research process.

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

In my view this is a really good guide to what is expected of a student undertaking a doctorate. The cameo's are really useful and clarify expectations.

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

This book gives clear practical advice to begining reasechers.
It is useful to consult at the outset of your studies but also gives approprite guidance as you continue with your studies.

Mrs Marion Hobbs
Education, Edge Hill University
January 12, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

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