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How to Get a PhD: A Handbook for Students and Their Supervisors [Paperback]

Estelle Phillips , D.S. Pugh
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1 Mar 2000 033520550X 978-0335205509 3rd Revised edition
Reviews from 1st and 2nd Editions include: "A welcome revision to what has always been a popular book amongst intending Ph.D students." - "Phoenix". "Phillips and Pugh's book has, since its original publication in 1987, become the undisputed bible for doctoral students." - "Nursing Times". "Warmly recommended as a bed-side companion, both to those hoping to get a Ph.D and to those who have the responsibility of guiding them, often with very little support themselves" - "Higher Education Review". "This is an excellent book. Its style is racy and clear...an impressive array of information, useful advice and comment gleaned from the authors' systematic study and experience over many years...should be required reading not only for those contemplating doctoral study but also for all supervisors, new and experienced." - "Higher Education". This is a handbook and survival manual for Ph.D students, providing a practical, realistic understanding of the processes of doing research for a doctorate. It discusses many important issues often neglected, such as time management, and how to overcome the difficulties of communicating with supervisors; and considers the particular problems of groups, such as women, part-time and overseas students. The book also provides practical insights for supervisors, and assists senior academic administrators by examining the responsibilities that universities have for providing an adequate overall service for research students. This 3rd edition has been extensively revised and updated throughout with new material added on information and communication technology, publishing, teaching and working towards a Ph.D in a practice based discipline. Additional material has also been provided for supervisors with new sections on the outcomes of good supervision and on how to examine.

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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: 13.6 x 1.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,621 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
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
Format:Paperback
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Source of Info but a little Bleak? 13 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it! 13 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for first-timers... 26 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book 30 Sep 2014
By Mu, Z.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It is very helpful for me. PhD student life is very different from my previous MSc experience, and this book showed me how to deal with the transition, and to showed me the significance of keeping things on a right track!

The section that mentioned international students' status surprised me!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic read
Published 2 months ago by Bianca Ni Ghrogain
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Superficially interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Daniel A Power
5.0 out of 5 stars If only I'd read this in year 1 instead of year 5 (part-time)
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone thinking of doing a PhD
Using this book, I got the best of the best advice in how to manage my supervisor and what to do and not to do during my PhD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Life
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know what's involved....
This book is very insightful and although focused on the PhD prospect of course, provides other useful insights and viewpoints on the other facets of the PhD student life. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars A LIFE SAVER
Having just embarked on a PhD, I found this book refreshingly honest, and will use it during however many years it will take me to complete my project.
Published 20 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful, although could be briefer.
Some parts arrive to conclusions that anyone with common sense would guess, other parts have been somehow already explained in other sessions. Read more
Published on 23 Dec 2011 by Mr G F
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for PhD students AND their partners/parents!
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... Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Good big picture description, little advice of value.
Most of the focus is on how people get it wrong. It does a good job of outlining what the big picture objectives are. It is excellent in making you feel you are not alone. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2002 by Eddy Parkinson
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