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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033520550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335205509
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A welcome revision to what has always been a popular book amongst intending PhD students; certainly an essential for all careers libraries!...Order your copy of the book today, and watch your students queue to consult it!" - Phoenix"Phillips and Pugh's book has, since its original publication in 1987, become the undisputed bible for doctoral students...To say that this book is a goldmine of hints, sound advice and carefully researched observations and lessons is an understatement." - Nursing Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr Estelle M. Phillips is an independent educational consultant. She specializes in giving advice on appropriate provision for research students, and in conducting training for doctoral students and supervisors.Professor Derek S. Pugh is Emeritus Professor of International Management of the Open University Business School. He has considerable experience in the design of doctoral programmes and the successful supervision of PhD students.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PATRICK on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is really written in an honest way and explains the administrative procedures of a British PhD system.
It talks about the fears and uncertatainties which PhD students face and talks about the traps in which one should never fall into. It talks in depth about the risk of over-estimating the amount of work required for a PhD which can lead to failure.
After reading this book I realised I wasn't just a weird guy thinking about nonsense but many people have the same fears and thoughts. It really helped me relax and take a more realistic view of the goals.
It helped me in having a great time during my PhD. One piece of advice: Loneliness should not be underestimated! If you have a healthy social life, it can help you go through the though times.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2002
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A thoughtful and honest insight into the highs and lows of studying for a PhD including information on: finding a supervisor, learning about yourself, planning your thesis, making the most of your time, writing the thesis and finally preparing for the viva).
Also useful for partners/parents supporting or living with PhD students to gain an insight into what postgraduate research entails and to try to understand the sometimes erratic behaviour of a PhD student!
To anyone embarking on the PhD journey (or those supporting PhD students) - do read this book and good luck.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 2001
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As an embarking PhD candidate i found myself needing to learn a lot more about the general nature of the PhD and the processes involved in obtaining the degree. This book certainly delivered in this respect, but, i must say it really seemed rather bleak, painting a dark picture of the doctoral system with all its inherent inadequacies. I would have awarded it five stars if only it had focused on the positive aspects of getting the PhD, i.e. what you SHOULD be doing, rather than 'scaring the reader silly' with all the possible disasters that can befall the beginning, somewhat naive doctoral candidate.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2001
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If, as a postgrad student in the UK, you need a reference book and guide when starting out on your research career, then this is it. It is quite simply the definitive guide for any PhD student.
The book covers everyting from getting into the system itself to how to manage your supervisor.
Along the way you will also read about what it means to have a PhD, the discipline of research itself and how to deal with problems that may crop up during your research.
Above all it is a book founded upon realism, telling you most of what you may need to know and plenty you didn't realise already.
Definitely recommended
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By AM on 4 Jan. 2002
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An excellent guide that aims - and succeeds - to help you maintain a cool head during your research. Years ahead of you researching something that may seem interesting in the beginning, or that interests nobody but you, can be beefed up and made much more interesting if you follow the advice. Real-life cases and interviews. a well-written, quick and easy read that will either put your mind at rest if you have already started out on a research degree or that will help you begin with the right frame of mind.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb. 2002
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When you read this book, you realise that is has captured on paper, every thought that has gone through your mind regarding your research degree. You are not alone!
It offers good practical advice on the stages and processes involved in a PhD, and also on your relationships with supervisors and other research students. Read It.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2000
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Wow! This publication is perfect for first-time postgrad students be it locals from the UK or from overseas. Having had several years of experience in academic research, this text should be made the compulsory textbook to all postgrads. The contents range from supervisory roles through to how women postgrads should tackle the postgrad lifestyle. Researchers should enjoy their research life as much as possible and to avoid certain pitfalls (such as the strain and relationship between the researcher and their supervisors). Let this publication enlighten your role as a postgrad and to help you align the postgrad lifestyle in the correct perspective.
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A fantastic book that has completely changed how I view the PhD process: lots of clear guidance from the authors on how, and how not to get a PhD. Being a part-time PhD student means you miss out on so much of the networking and other help you would otherwise get (it's no surprise that 70% of part-time students fail to submit).

The book talks you through all the steps needed. The best part for me was explaining the vague requirement of "originality." I can now be more explicit about how my thesis is making a contribution in terms of incomplete or errant knowledge.

This book should be made compulsory for all prospective PhD students so they understand the whole process before they even apply.
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