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How to Get a PhD


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On becoming a research student

Getting into the system The nature of the PhD qualification How not to get a PhDHow to do research The form of a PhD thesis Writing your PhDThe 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 systemHow to get a professional doctorate (ProfD)How to supervise and examine Institutional responsibilitiesAppendix 1: Self-evaluation questionnaire on research student progress Appendix 2: Self-evaluation questionnaire on doctoral supervisory practice

About the Author

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: www.derekpugh.com

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