1st Edition

Doing a PhD in the Social Sciences A Student’s Guide to Post-Graduate Research and Writing

By Francis Jegede Copyright 2022
    284 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Covering the academic and operational aspects of PhD research degree programmes, this accessible yet comprehensive book is an essential guide to navigating through the PhD research journey.

    Using a mixture of useful information, practical strategies and valuable advice, this book helps readers through the process of doing a PhD by providing essential hints and tips on key aspects such as the following:

    • How to start, conduct and manage PhD research
    • Working with your supervisor
    • Writing your thesis
    • Preparing for the viva

    This is a crucial resource for anyone wanting to know about approaches to research, substantive theories, data analytical techniques, essential research tools and a range of other issues that affect the chances of PhD success and completion. With global case studies and examples, this invaluable guide is a must-read for anyone undertaking a PhD in the social sciences.

    1. What is and Why do a PhD?  2. The PhD application process  3. Working with your supervisor/director of study  4. Finding support for your PhD  5. Writing your literature review  6. Understanding theoretical perspectives and developing your research methodology  7. Understanding Ethical issues and laws regarding PhD research and personal data  8. Owning and driving your own PhD research  9. Conducting fieldwork and collecting your data  10. Analysing your research data – quantitative and qualitative approaches  11. Writing up your PhD thesis  12. Preparing for and doing your viva voce – oral examination  13. Making the most of your PhD degree


    Francis Jegede is Associate Professor in International Relations and Diplomacy and the Chair of College Research Committee at the University of Derby, UK.

    "This is an accessible, comprehensive guide for anyone navigating their way through a social sciences PhD... Jegede’s specialist focus is likely be especially attractive to readers with a social science background. A further strength of this book is its easily searchable mix of information, practical strategies, flow charts and advice for potential PhD applicants... If you’ve sometimes toyed with the idea of undertaking a doctoral qualification by whatever route but decided that this was unattainable or a pipe dream, then Jegede’s guide is definitely worth a read."

    Journal of Teaching Practice and Learning