1st Edition

Working for a Doctorate A Guide for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Edited By Norman Graves, Ved Varma, Ved Varma Copyright 1998

    In stark contrast to undergraduates, new PhD students often find no framework for study, few deadlines and little peer support.
    Working for a Doctorate:
    * Addresses the problems of the research process, such as finance and time-management
    * Offers practical guidance and specialist advice to both students and their supervisors
    * Is written by a team of experts who have had a long and successful experience of tutoring PhD students
    * Contains case studies of current and ex-PhD students
    * Explores issues such as gender, culture and the fundamental nature of the PhD.
    The book will be a vital guide and companion to anyone studying, supervising or contemplating a doctoral degree in the humanities or social sciences.

    Chapter 1 How to succeed in postgraduate study, Denis Lawton; Chapter 2 The research process, Hazel Francis; Chapter 3 Financing a doctorate, Anne Sims; Chapter 4 Planning time, Derek May; Chapter 5 Problems of supervision, Norman Graves; Chapter 6 Writing the thesis, James Hartley; Chapter 7 Student experiences, H. W. Dickinson; Chapter 8 Intercultural issues and doctoral studies, Jagdish Gundara; Chapter 9, Diana Leonard; Chapter 10 Comparative perspectives on the British PhD, Robert Cowen;


    Norman Graves is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Education, University of London, and has successfully supervised many PhD students., Ved Varma is a retired psychotherapist and educational psychologist. His previous publications include The Management of Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (1990) and Stress in Psychotherapists (1996).

    This book gives an honest account of what it is actually like to study for a PhD ... the book provides a useful helping hand, reassuring you through your studies, and providing you with practical solutions. - Psy-PAG Quarterly

    Graves and Varma, describe exactly what it is you need to do to get through a psychology PhD programme ... the depth of advice is consistent and thorough ... if you want to know what will be expected of you to get through the process successfully, Working for a Doctorate is an invaluable guide. - The Psychologist

    This is like no other book I have come across. The thirteen contributors have packed into a concise volume a complete guide to planning, financing, managing and completing a thesis. Each chapter is fully referenced; bibliographies and contact addresses are included as appropriate. - School of Slavonic and East European Studies

    In short, anyone giving serious consideration to beginning a PhD in the humanities or social sciences should invest in this book, which also merits the attention of current research students and supervisors. - School of Slavonic and East European Studies