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How to get a Ph D : a handbook for students and their supervisors / Estelle M. Phillips, Derek. S. Pugh

Main Author Phillips, Estelle, 1928- Coauthor Pugh, D. S. Country Reino Unido. Edition 5th ed., rev. and updated Publication Berkshire : Open University Press, 2010 Description XVI, 258 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-33-524202-2
CDU 378.245
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 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

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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 transformation of the Australian PhD and the introduction of a European doctorate.

Professor Derek S. Pugh is Emeritus Professor of International Management of the Open University Business School, UK. He has published 17 books and over 100 papers in his field and has considerable experience in the design of doctoral programmes and the successful supervision and examination of PhD students. In 2009 he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Academy of Management. His personal website is:

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