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A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors

2nd Edition

By Stan Taylor, Margaret Kiley, Robin Humphrey


264 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Across the globe, doctoral education is in the throes of change. Diversification, regulation and proliferation are just a few of the developments that pose major challenges for those supervising doctoral candidates.

The second edition of A Handbook for Doctoral Supervisors has been fully updated to assist doctoral supervisors in understanding and meeting these challenges. The book is split into six key parts:

  • the changing contexts of doctoral supervision
  • recruiting, selecting and working with doctoral candidates
  • supporting the research project
  • supporting non-traditional candidates in terms of academic and social backgrounds and modes of study
  • supporting completion, submission and examination
  • the evaluation and dissemination of practice.

The book builds on the success and practical knowledge of the first edition and has been re-written and extended to take into account the latest scholarship in doctoral supervision, address new contemporary themes and present updated examples and case studies. With a self-interrogatory style which enables supervisors to reflect upon and, where appropriate, consider how to enhance their practice, this book is an essential read for anyone involved in doctoral supervision.

Table of Contents


Part I

The context

  1. The overall context
  2. The institutional context
  3. The disciplinary context
  4. The programme context
  5. Part II

    Preparing the ground

  6. Recruitment and selection
  7. Working relationships 1 – Candidates
  8. Working relationships 2 – Co-supervisors
  9. Part III

    Supporting the research project

  10. Academic guidance and support 1 – Approaching research
  11. Academic guidance and support 2 – The research project
  12. Encouraging writing and giving feedback
  13. Keeping the research on track and monitoring progress
  14. Part IV

    Supporting the candidate

  15. Personal, professional and career support
  16. Responding to diversity 1 – Non-traditional candidates
  17. Responding to diversity 2 – International candidates
  18. Responding to diversity 3 – Modes of study
  19. Part V

    Completion and examination

  20. Drafting and submission
  21. Examination
  22. Part VI

    Improving practice

  23. Evaluation, reflection, recognition and dissemination
  24. Conclusions

About the Authors

Stan Taylor recently retired as Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development, Durham University, UK. He is an Honorary Fellow of the School of Education.

Margaret Kiley holds an adjunct position in the Research School of Arts and Humanities at the Australian National University, Canberra and cojoint with the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Robin Humphrey is a Reader and Director of the Postgraduate Research Training Programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDUCATION / Reference
EDUCATION / Professional Development