How to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors by Estelle PhillipsHow to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors by Estelle Phillips

How to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisors

byEstelle Phillips, Derek.S. Pugh

Paperback | October 1, 2010

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"This handbook for students and their supervisors does exactly what it says 'on the tin' - it tells you how to get a PhD in a sensible, practical and informed fashion designed to debunk the myths and relieve you of any false allusions... The PhD is a challenging process and often feels more mysterious than it should be. This worthwhile offering makes the whole endeavour a much more 'open book' for the would-be Dr and comes highly recommended."
Wilma Clark, Institute of Education, University of London.

Since the first edition of this innovative book, thousands of doctoral students have gained their doctorates by following the spot-on advice it gives. Across all faculties and disciplines, it remains the book of choice for both students and their supervisors, establishing it as a worldwide bestseller.

This practical book guides students through all they need to know to approach the research, write and defend their ideas and ultimately produce a unique and robust academic thesis. It also gives supervisors and examiners invaluable tips on their role in the process.

With vignettes from doctoral candidates, the book demonstrates how problems can be approached and overcome.

Thoroughly updated to include new technologies and different forms of doctorate, new content includes coverage on:

  • Studying for a professional doctorate
  • The specifics of writing your PhD
  • Equal opportunities for non-traditional students and for students from minority groups
  • A self-evaluation questionnaire on doctoral supervisory practice (to complement the existing questionnaire on student progress)

    How to Get a PhD is the essential handbook for doctoral students!

Dr Estelle M. Phillips has enjoyed a long career as an academic and independent educational consultant. She has published widely on the various aspects of the PhD process and has spoken at universities on four continents about the skills required to complete and supervise a PhD. Her involvement extends to helping with the transformati...
Title:How to get a PhD: a handbook for students and their supervisorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 3.58 × 2.36 × 0.26 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0335242022

ISBN - 13:9780335242023

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read If you're about to begin a PhD or have begun one, please read this book. It will do you a great favour. It addresses everything from approaching your research topic, shaping your research question, and exploring different writing and defending your dissertation. The book also addresses the difficulties women and minorities face in academia. The book also has chapters near the end directly addressing faculty, which brings me to my next point. If you're about to take on a student, or have begun a supervision, PLEASE read this book. I have had three supervisors fail me, and it would have been great if each one of them had better guidance as to how to be good, solid supervisors. By reading this book, you would be doing yourself and MANY students a BIG favour.
Date published: 2018-02-09

Table of Contents

On becoming a research student

Getting into the system

The nature of the PhD qualification

How not to get a PhD

How to do research

The form of a PhD thesis

Writing your PhD

The PhD process

How to manage your supervisors

Equal opportunities for non-traditional research students (i.e. women - with some comments for men - international, mature and part-time students)

Equal opportunities for minority group research students(i.e. ethnic minority students; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students; students with chronic medical conditions; and disabled students)

The examination system

How to get a professional doctorate (ProfD)

How to supervise and examine

Institutional responsibilities

Appendix 1: Self-evaluation questionnaire on research student progress

Appendix 2: Self-evaluation questionnaire on doctoral supervisory practice