Category Archives: Ph.D.

Demonstrating criticality in the doctoral literature review

We have written many posts on reviewing literature—you will find more by using our blog’s search engine. The topic deserves our turning back to it from time to time because the task is challenging. The beginning of the process requires … Continue reading

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When is enough reading enough for a Doctoral thesis?

When it comes to the ‘how much literature is required (or expected)’ question, I have teased out my ‘it depends’ answer with a few questions of my own, not just to the person asking the question, but to the entire … Continue reading

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Doctoral writing: Exercises for stylish writing

To what extent should those of us who support doctoral writing aim to help candidates to write succinctly, clearly and with a control that makes reading smooth and even pleasurable? I puzzle over that, aware of what a marathon writing … Continue reading

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Dysfunctional PhDs in a dysfunctional university

If one’s experience as a PhD student is dominated by hierarchy, perhaps that also says something about the changes occurring in academia more generally. What academia is becoming, as a whole, sometimes shines in the way that one experiences it … Continue reading

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Helping Doctoral Students Write: Pedagogies for Supervision

This essential guide offers a new approach to doctoral writing, written specifically for doctoral supervisors. Rejecting the DIY websites and manuals that promote a privatised skills-based approach to writing research, Kamler and Thomson offer a new framework for scholarly work … Continue reading

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A Ph.D. Thesis teaches you to commit to your ideas

One of the often mocked delusions of a doctoral program is that you begin to think your tiny little area of research is of great, earth-shattering importance. This might, on the surface, seem like a bad thing, but it’s actually … Continue reading

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How not to write a PhD thesis

In this guide, Tara Brabazon gives her top ten tips for doctoral failure. Therefore, to offer insights to postgraduates who may be in the final stages of submission, cursing their supervisors who want another draft and further references, here are … Continue reading

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Online PhD

We are dedicated to providing our readers with the information needed to make informed decisions about PhD education and life. We cover all aspects of pursuing and attaining a doctorate from beginning to end. At Online PhD, you will find … Continue reading

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The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.

Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It’s hard to describe it in words. So, I use pictures. Read below for the illustrated guide to a Ph.D. View

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