Doing PhD work

Top ten questions for the PhD oral exam

A checklist of ‘viva’ issues that always come up.

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When you have finally finished writing a PhD dissertation or thesis, and submitted it to the university for review, you are at the end of a long period of grappling with dozens of tricky and detailed problems and issues. For instance, how to upgrade the dodgy paragraph […]

February 11th, 2014|Doing PhD work|0 Comments|
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    In a PhD or academic book, do you really need a Methodology chapter early on?

In a PhD or academic book, do you really need a Methodology chapter early on?

Or would a Research Methods Annex be better?

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It is axiomatic that any doctorate (and any serious academic book) must be based on sound methods, systematically applied. PhD examiners especially (but also critical readers of academic work more generally) must never be left in any doubt about exactly how findings and results have been generated, their […]

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    Why do academics and PhDers carefully choose useless titles for articles and chapters?

Why do academics and PhDers carefully choose useless titles for articles and chapters?

Six ways to get it wrong, and four steps to get it right

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When you want to get your paper or chapter read and appreciated by a wide audience, adopted for courses, and hopefully cited by great authors in good journals — in short, when you want to ‘sell’ your writing to colleagues — titles can play […]

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    In a book or PhD, start each chapter cleanly. Never link back

In a book or PhD, start each chapter cleanly. Never link back

Do “linking forward” at the ends of chapters instead

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In your PhD or large, non-fiction book every chapter needs to do a distinctive job. The ultimate low-energy way of beginning a new chapter is to say ‘As I discussed in the previous chapter, dum de dum de dum’. First, it’s a repetition and so could not be […]