1st Edition

Your PhD Survival Guide
Planning, Writing and Succeeding in Your Final Year

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after December 21, 2020
ISBN 9780367361846
December 21, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

USD $22.95

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Book Description

Accessible, insightful and a must-have toolkit for all final year doctoral students, the founders of the ‘Thesis Boot Camp’ intensive writing programme show how to survive and thrive through the challenging final year of writing and submitting a thesis.

Drawing on an understanding of the intellectual, professional, practical and personal elements of the doctorate to help readers gain insight into what it means to finish a PhD and how to get there, this book covers the common challenges and ways to resolve them. It includes advice on:

  • Project management skills to plan, track, iterate and report on the complex task of bringing a multi-year research project to a successful close
  • Personal effectiveness and self-care to support students to thrive in body, mind and relationships, including challenging supervisor relationships.
  • The successful ‘generative’ writing processes which get writers into the zone and producing thousands of words; and then provides the skills to structure and polish those words to publishable quality.
  • What it means to survive a PhD and consider multiple possible futures.

Written for students in all disciplines, and relevant to university systems around the world, this unique book expertly guides students through the final 6–12 months of the thesis.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Focusing on the project  1. Defining the project: What is my thesis for?  2. Getting through the crunch  3. Practical project management  4. Working with your strengths and weaknesses  Part 2: Focusing on the person 5. ‘No pain, no gain’ and other unhelpful myths  6. Getting unstuck  7. Your harshest critic  8. Working with your supervisor  Part 3: Focusing on the text  9. Getting words down  10. Making the thesis into a coherent work  11. Making the words good  Part 4: Finishing the PhD  12. Reflecting on what it means to be a researcher  13. Do you actually want to finish the PhD?  14. Relief and Grief of finishing a PhD

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Katherine Firth manages the academic programs of a residential college at the University of Melbourne, Australia and founded the Research Insiders Blog which has been running since 2013.  

Liam Connell has worked in research training and education since the late 2000s. He works in research development at La Trobe University, Australia

Peta Freestone has worked in higher education for over 15 years, creating award-winning initiatives including Thesis Boot Camp, founded in 2012. She designs and delivers writing and productivity programmes for universities and other organisations around the world.