- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Open University Press; 2 edition (1 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0335237029
- ISBN-13: 978-0335237029
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.9 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Unwritten Rules Of Phd Research (Open Up Study Skills) Paperback – 1 Feb 2010
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About the Author
Dr Marian Petre is Professor of Computing at the Open University, UK, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder. Her experience includes establishing a PhD programme, running doctoral consortia at international conferences, giving tutorials on research methods in the UK, US and Europe, and presenting research workshops for PhD students as well as supervising and examining doctoral students.
Dr Gordon Rugg is a former field archaeologist and English lecturer turned computer scientist, who is now head of the Knowledge Modelling Group at Keele University. He is the author of Using Statistics (Open University Press, 2007).
Gordon and Marian are also the authors of A Gentle Guide to Research Methods (Open University Press, 2006).
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I think whether you love or hate this book really depends on your personality. If you are quite an organized, methodological research student who is looking for formal advice, I would say maybe it isn't for you - in this context I can see how some reviewers found the book patronizing. Likewise, if you find that skills like self-discipline, assertiveness, professionalism and time management come fairly naturally to you, maybe look elsewhere.
However, if you are a PhD student who is struggling in any of these areas, please do give this book a try. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your PhD, unsure of what you should be doing/not doing, feel like you're falling into a hole or backed into a corner, if your head is MELTED, and you are starting to hate yourself and/or your supervisor... this book may help!! It gives GREAT advice, and is a source of very practical and warm wisdom in what is often an isolating experience. It helped me to step back from my feelings of frustration, boredom and despair (I was about to drop out), and really assess the professional and intellectual directions my research was taking, what was actually going on in my supervisory relationship, and how I was unintentionally self-sabotaging - it really helped me to identify my strengths and weaknesses. I didn't realise what a PhD really was until reading this book. The authors take a look-outside-the-box approach to all stages of the PhD, and every chapter is a kick up the ass, in the nicest and most constructive possible way!
I have such a renewed enthusiasm for my PhD since reading this - it all seems much more doable now, and I finally feel like I have direction and ownership over it. I go back to this book again and again. I really hope some of you fellow lost PhD souls find it as good as I did. Good luck! :)
The book is well organised, provides useful summary points at the end of the chapters, and offers a calming and reassuring voice for students who may have already started their PhDs as well as for those who - like me - are due to start shortly. The authors use the analogy of cabinet making to put the whole process of doing a PhD into perspective: a PhD student is an apprentice, one who is required to demonstrate that they are able to organise and coordinate a complete research project independently that is at the standard that peer reviewed journals would be willing to publish. The authors reassure students that they are not expected to produce brand new theories or to overturn the last century of scientific advances in their specialist field - just to produce a cabinet (i.e. a finished research project) from conception to actual delivery (thesis) and defense (viva) that can stand on its own merits and which makes a significant and original contribution to the field.Read more ›
I have read a few PhD books so far and this is the best. It does exactly what it says and gives advice which is unwritten about anywhere else.
It provides good practical guidance for all Doctoral students but is probably of greatest relevance to newbies like me - 3 years down the line I too may tut and say "Of course one does an annotated bibliography" but I am delighted someone has told me these little "tricks" before I have lost all record of that vital paper...
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This book actually gives you what it promises in the title, and maybe more. And it is fun as well. A just reminder about what a PhD-project is actually all about, and then all the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Trine E. Unander
This is an excellent guide to a PhD. It has some very useful tips and advice. My only regret is that I didn't purchase this book at the very start of my PhD so that I could make... Read morePublished 3 months ago by claire25
Written by supervisors, this book goes to great pains to tell us how busy supervisors are. Want some advice? Buy your supervisor a coffee. Want to give your work in late? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Avid Reader
I was a little bit unsure if this book would only serve as an escape valve by making you read about the PhD to fill that you are working on your PhD (as when someone read diet... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Paulo Abelha Ferreira
I found it insulting. If you are a mature student with transferable skills the tone adopted by the authors will not appreciated. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Julia
Good uplifting advice. Written in approachable manner. Really does appear to explain a lot of the unwritten rules in academia.Published on 8 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I read this after reading How to Get a PhD by Pugh and Phillips, and found it a good addition. It has a lot of practical advice that, as the book claims, usually goes unsaid... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by M. S. Payne
This is one of the best, logically presented, factual and informative book I have read. Tells you the inside secrets and written in plain easy-style English. Read morePublished on 13 May 2013 by BewleyBooks