The Postgraduate's Companion
- Gerard Hall - University of Nottingham, UK
- Jo Longman - University of Nottingham, UK
For those considering a research degree, this book addresses the fundamental questions of what a research degree involves, how to choose the institution, secure an offer and fund your research degree. For students who are currently working towards a research degree, the book covers all the basics, including:
o the supervisory relationship;
o writing your thesis;
o research training;
o completion and the viva.
The final section of the book covers what to do with a research degree once you have one. This includes identifying your skills, and explores staying in academia, research outside academia, leaving research and academia, and starting your own business.
The Postgraduate's Companion covers the whole process, from setting out to life beyond the research degree, providing an invaluable guide for all postgraduates doing research.
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A chunky book with many chapters and sections from multiple authors. Target audience is clearly PostGrad and research students however, good quality undergraduates would also benefit from reading sections of it. For example, the parts on designing proposals, academic writing, and ethics would be of wider interest. It may also inspire them to consider PG learning!
A chunky book with many chapters and sections from multiple authors. The structure, as well as the advice on how to use the book, were helpful in ensuring the reader could find and use the information sought. Additional sources of support are also provided for each section which was a thoughtful touch.
A big book with lots of ideas! Multiple authors have contributed to this book on numerous themes. Students on taught courses will find sections on literature reviews, ethics and academic writing useful whereas those on PhD programmes would benefit from working their way through the book as they progress with their research.
I understand that approximatelt 10% of students have purchased this book, however I feel it may be more suited to many of our overseas students now joining UK programmes, or the ones we teach overseas.
This book is an excellent companion for any postgraduate researcher. It is particularly useful when thinking about timing of undertaking doctoral research and the stages of the process from design through to completion, viva and what to do next.