Practical and clear, this book examines everything students need to know about getting a PhD through research in any subject. It also helps supervisors and examiners to better understand their role in the process.
Reviews of the third edition: 'This remains the best general...introduction to working on the PhD. It is well worth consulting by anyone considering the PhD as a route to take, either part-time combined with employment, or full time as a route into academia' - Social Research Association. 'This is an excellent book. Its style is racy and clear...an impressive array of information, useful advice and comment gleaned from the authors' systematic study and experience over many years...should be required reading not only for those contemplating doctoral study but also for supervisors, new and experienced' - "Higher Education".Since the first edition of this innovative book appeared in 1987 it has become a worldwide bestseller. Through it many thousands of students in all faculties and disciplines have been helped to gain their PhDs. Practical and clear, this book examines everything students need to know about getting a PhD through research in any subject. It also helps supervisors and examiners to better understand their role in the process. It is completely updated throughout. It includes a new section on increasingly popular professional doctorates such as EdD, DBA and D.Eng. It includes new material for overseas, part-time and mature students, and their supervisors. It also includes a new diagnostic questionnaire for students to self-monitor progress. It takes in the impact of the new Code of Practice of the Quality Assurance Agency. It includes stories of other PhD students, problems they encountered and how they dealt with them! "How to get a PhD" is the essential handbook for doctoral students!
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Dr Estelle M. Phillips is an independent educational consultant. She specializes in giving advice on appropriate provision for research students, and in conducting training for doctoral students and supervisors. Professor Derek S.Pugh is Emeritus Professor of International Management of the Open University Business School. He has considerable experience in the design of doctoral programmes and the successful supervision of PhD students.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1 - On becoming a research student The nature of doctoral education The psychology of being a research student The aims of this book Action summary Chapter 2 - Getting into the system Choosing the institution and field of study The scientific research programme Eligibility Grants and research support Distance supervision? Choosing your work context Selecting your supervisor Starting out as a research student Myths and realities of the system The 'ivory tower' Personal relationships Teamworking Action summary Chapter 3 - The nature of the PhD qualification The meaning of a doctorate Becoming a fully professional researcher Differences between the MPhil and the PhD Aims of students Aims of supervisors Aims of examiners Aims of universities and research councils Mismatches and problems Action summary Chapter 4 - How not to get a PhD Not wanting a PhD Not understanding the nature of a PhD by overestimating what is required Not understanding the nature of a PhD by underestimating what is required Not having a supervisor who knows what a PhD requires Losing contact with your supervisor Not having a thesis Taking a new job before finishing Action summary Chapter 5 - How to do research Characteristics of research Intelligence-gathering -- the 'what' questions Research -- the 'why' questions Characteristics of good research Research is based on an open system of thought Researchers examine data critically Researchers generalize and specify the limits on their generalizations Hypothetico-deductive method Basic types of research Exploratory research Testing-out research Problem-solving research Which type of research for the PhD? The craft of doing research Action summary Chapter 6 - The form of a PhD thesis Understanding the PhD form Background theory Focal theory Data theory Contribution Detailed structure and choice of chapter headings The concept of originality Writing the thesis
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