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Starting Your PhD: What You Need To Know: PhD Knowledge, #1

Starting Your PhD: What You Need To Know: PhD Knowledge, #1

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Starting Your PhD: What You Need To Know: PhD Knowledge, #1

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Sep 2, 2015
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This concise e-book answers all the key questions people ask when they're considering, or beginning, doctoral study. Presented in an accessible question-and-answer format, and packed with facts, it is easy to read and to find your way around. Whether you've recently started your doctoral study, you're still wondering whether doctoral study is for you, or you are supporting someone else through the process, this book will help. It is full of useful information and guidance for the early stages of this exciting new adventure.

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Introduction

Doing a PhD is a great way to build your mental strength, a bit like joining the best gym in town for your intellect. As with building physical strength, this requires a careful and well thought out approach, advice and support from people who know more than you, and lots of hard work. Also, again like building physical strength, you have to do all the hard work yourself. But the advice and support is essential too; none of us ever got through our PhDs without help from others. Part of the motivation for me to write this book was to 'pay forward' some of the help I received when I was studying for my PhD. This book is your gym induction lesson, designed to give you a good head start by answering the most common questions people have at the beginning of the doctoral process. And mental exercise has one great advantage over physical exercise: none of us need to be seen in lycra.

Every doctoral student is unique. You may be in your 20s or your 80s; you may have spent your whole life as a full-time learner, or it may be decades since you wrote an assignment. Perhaps someone you care about is planning to undertake doctoral study and you have opened this book because you want to support that person. It is inevitable that many readers will already know some of the information in this book, so sections are short and the headings designed to help you navigate easily to the parts you need.

Although the book's title refers to the PhD, the content is relevant to all academic and professional doctorates including the EdD, DBA and so on (see below for more on these distinctions). My own expertise is in research methods for the social sciences, arts, and humanities, but I have sought beta readers from a range of disciplines so this book should be widely applicable. There is a 'Resources' section at the end, with recommended books and online information to help you find out more in the areas that interest you most.

The first PhD was awarded in Paris in 1150, but the award didn't become established practice until the early 19th century. The PhD is regarded as the highest academic degree, although the standard of a PhD varies considerably between countries and institutions. Entry requirements are usually a first-class honours degree, or a second-class honours degree plus a Master's degree, though again this varies between countries.

Doctoral study is a richly rewarding experience. It is also a long and largely solitary process. It is worth articulating your questions about that process and – as far as possible – finding answers to them at an early stage. Some of this, ideally most of it, should be done before you start. For some people, this may lead to you deciding not to start at all. That may seem defeatist, but it is surely better than starting on a long project that ultimately won't work for

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    I am just starting my PhD in Romania and I found this book has offered me a lot of useful information on how to start out and how to approach the work for my thesis, information that my university or supervisor have not provided. Thank you
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    A great reference for a beginner like me to pursue an arduous academic journey