The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research

The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research

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"I feel grateful to have found this book only a year into my PhD. It has opened my eyes to the world of academia. There is more to a PhD than just research in the sense of working on a problem, getting some results and publishing your findings. This book has allowed me to open my eyes and see all the other things I should be doing to fully succeed at my endeavour of becoming a researcher myself."
Dominic Hosler, University of SheffieldThis bestselling book on the process of PhD research provides readers with engaging discussion and comprehensive guidance on aspects that other books don't usually mention.Covering all the key topics of the previous edition, including what a PhD is really about, how to do one well, how to decipher what your supervisor actually means by terms like 'good referencing' and 'clean research question', and how to design, report and defend your research,the authors continue to offer an accessible, down-to-earth, and insightful account of the whole PhD process. Their advice addresses how to avoid some of the pitfalls en route to a successful submission.Updated throughout, the new edition includes new material on:

Critical thinkingResearch skills The route to research independenceDifferent models of study
The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research is essential reading for anyone considering a PhD or embarking on one. It will tell you the things many students wish someone had told them before they started.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 10mm | 453.59g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0335237029
  • 9780335237029
  • 80,571

Table of contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
About this book
Acknowledgements So you want to do a PhD?
The many shapes of the PhD
The route to research independence
Paper types
Research design
Critical thinking
Writing structure and style
The process of writing
The viva
Sabotage and salvation
What next?
Closing thoughts

Some useful terms
Some further reading
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About Marian Petre

Gordon Rugg is a former timberyard worker and field archaeologist who is now a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Keele University, where he is head of the Knowledge Modelling Group. He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Open University.
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