The PhD Viva

How to Prepare for Your Oral Examination
Author: Peter Smith
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 113739577X
Category: Education
Page: 184
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Helps viva candidates to understand the complete examination process and to prepare and present their work in the best possible manner. It is informed by the author's extensive experience as a viva examiner, and includes practical real-life student case studies and activities. Features a chapter on typical questions and how to answer them.

The Doctoral Examination Process: A Handbook For Students, Examiners And Supervisors

A Handbook for Students, Examiners and Supervisors
Author: Tinkler, Penny,Jackson, Carolyn
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335213057
Category: Education
Page: 228
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'It also incorporates a wealth of information that most supervisors and examiners only acquire through years of experience... this book deserves to be widely read and, if it is, it should contribute to an improvement in the quality of both research degree examining and the student's performance at the viva.' Professor Diana Woodward, University Director of Research, Napier University, Edinburgh and retiring UKCGE Executive Committee Member 'importantly the book deals with perspectives of all three concerned parties, i.e., the candidate, examiner and supervisor. It is . . . a very useful guide to appreciate and prepare for the different stages of the doctoral examination process.' Higher Education Quarterly What is the viva and how can students prepare for it? What should supervisors consider when selecting PhD examiners? How should examiners assess a doctoral thesis and conduct the viva? The doctoral examination process has been shrouded in mystery and has been a source of anxiety and concern for students, supervisors and examiners alike. But now help is at hand. This book sheds new light on the process, providing constructive ways of understanding the doctoral examination, preparing for it and undertaking it. This book stands alone in the field due to the extensive research undertaken by the authors. Over a four year period, surveys and interviews were undertaken with candidates and academics from a wide range of disciplines throughout Britain. Outcomes and ideas from the research have been united to provide the most comprehensive information available. Real life accounts and case studies are combined with useful advice, tasks and checklists to create an illuminating handbook. This user-friendly book is a vital resource for anyone involved in the doctoral process. No doctoral candidate, examiner or supervisor should be without it.

How to Complete a PhD in the Medical and Clinical Sciences

Author: Ashton Barnett-Vanes,Rachel Allen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119189616
Category: Medical
Page: 176
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How to Complete a PhD in the Medical and Clinical Sciences provides fresh insight into the PhD process and a concise framework to aid current and prospective students undertaking research in the medical and clinical sciences. Filled with useful hints, tips, and practical guidance, the book covers key topics relevant to a PhD researcher such as publishing and presenting, core principles and techniques in medical science, dealing with common pitfalls, and how to write up and move on. Featuring contributions from authors with experience across the PhD research career spectrum, How to Complete a PhD in the Medical and Clinical Sciences is an invaluable resource for those undertaking their doctoral studies.

Research Methodologies in EU and International Law

Author: Tamara Hervey,Robert Cryer,Bal Sokhi-Bulley,Alexandra Bohm
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847317626
Category: Law
Page: 144
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Law research students often begin their PhDs without having an awareness of methodology, or the opportunity to think about the practice of research and its theoretical implications. Law Schools are, however, increasingly alive to the need to provide training in research methods to their students. They are also alive to the need to develop the research capacities of their early career scholars, not least for the Research Excellence Framework exercise. This book offers a structured approach to doing so, focusing on issues of methodology - ie, the theoretical elements of research - within the context of EU and international law. The book can be used alone, or could form the basis of a seminar-based course, or a departmental, or even regional, discussion group. At the core of the book are the materials produced for a series of workshops, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council's Collaborative Doctoral Training Fund, on Legal Research Methodologies in EU and international law. These materials consist of a document with readings on main and less mainstream methodological approaches (what we call modern and critical approaches, and the 'law and' approaches) to research in EU and international law, and a series of questions and exercises which encourage reflection on those readings, both in their own terms, and in terms of different research agendas. There are also supporting materials, giving guidance on practical matters, such as how to give a paper or be a discussant at an academic conference. The basic aim of the book is to help scholars in EU and international law reflect on their research: where does it fit within the discipline, what kinds of research questions they think interesting, how do they pursue them, what theoretical perspective best supports their way of thinking their project, and so on. The book is aimed both at PhD students and early career scholars in EU and international law, and also at more established scholars who are interested in reflecting on the development of their discipline, as well as supervising research projects.

Research Genres

Explorations and Applications
Author: John Swales
Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen
ISBN: 9783125331679
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 314
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Research Genres is a sequel to John Swales' influential book, Genre Analysis. It opens with an account of today's research world, its various configurations of genres, and the role of English within them. It then explores various theoretical and methodological issus, with a special emphasis on metaphors of genre. The last four chapters deal with important research genres, both spoken and written--the Ph.D dissertation, the dissertation defense, research group meetings and research talks, and journal articles.Each of these chapters ends with suggestions for teaching practice. The volume closes with evaluations of conrastive rhetoric, applied corpus linguistics, and critical approaches to English for Academic Purposes.Research Genres provides a rich but accessible account of a key area of international professional life by an applied linguist who has devoted his career to its discoursal exploration. It will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students in applied linguistics.

Viva Journalism!

The Triumph of Print in the Media Revolution
Author: John Calhoun Merrill,Ralph Lynn Lowenstein
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1449045804
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 200
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In a previous book, John Merrill and Ralph Lowenstein were the first journalism academics in America to predict, correctly, that newspapers and magazines as we know them would soon disappear, to be replaced by digitized products. Drawing on their long experience in journalism and journalism education, they lay out in this book their observations, suggestions and predictions - not only for the American media, but for the education of future journalists. They believe many media moguls have abused their fiduciary responsibility to maintain the financial strength and credibility of the press. They believe few university presidents understand the important relationship between journalism education and political democracy. They describe the chain of neglect that has led to press insolvency, staff unemployment and J-school misdirection. They believe print journalism will be the strongest form of journalism well into the future - although the "print" will not be on paper. It will be on what the authors call an "s-slate," silicon slate, and they believe that every individual from kindergartner to senior citizen will a personal s-slate in the future to retrieve and read books, magazines and newspapers. Merrill and Lowenstein assert that readers of the s-slate will pay for everything they read. The co-authors observe that journalism education's ties to professional journalism are more problematic than at any time in their mutual history, and that there is an unfortunate lack of self-examination about this tragic disconnect in both academe and the mass media. One remedy they suggest is the addition of a half-year to the undergraduate curriculum in which students immerse themselves in an intensive practicum involving print, radio and television. The reward at the end will be a meaningful "certification," in addition to their bachelor's degree. The co-authors also suggest that faculty should serve the media better and teach university administrators better about the true worth of journalism education to the political system.

Getting Your PhD

A Practical Insider's Guide
Author: Harriet Churchill,Teela Sanders
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 184860758X
Category: Education
Page: 240
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`Getting your PhD will no doubt establish itself as a firm favourite' - ESCalate `Packed with practical advice on all aspects of the PhD process, new and continuing research students should find this book of great help' - Professor Malcolm Tight, Lancaster University, UK How to get your Ph.D is an original study guide aimed at prospective and current postgraduate students, covering the process of accessing, undertaking and completing doctoral research in the social sciences and the humanities. The content is unique in incorporating discussion of the less recognised personal, emotional and organisational demands of independent study. Drawing on a variety of student experiences, the authors apply a case study approach to examine the dilemmas and complexities of postgraduate study. The book is organised into four parts covering the research process; writing, publishing and networking; shifting identities and institutions and relationships of support. Each chapter includes an easy to use format including real-life accounts, tips and strategies for problem solving and guidance for additional resources. The guide includes accessible advice and guidance across a spectrum of methodological, personal, emotional, practical and institutional issues.

How to Get a PhD - 4th Edition

A Handbook for Students and Their Supervisors
Author: Estelle Phillips,Derek.S. Pugh
Publisher: Open University Press
Category: Education
Page: 220
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Provides a practical understanding of the processes of doing research for a doctorate and discusses such issues as time management, how to overcome the difficulties of communicating with supervisors, and the particular problems faced by women, part-time,and overseas students.

Galen: On Antecedent Causes

Author: Galen,R. J. Hankinson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521622509
Category: Philosophy
Page: 349
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A new edition of Galen's text on causal theory, and the first translation of it into a modern language.

Supervising The Doctorate

Author: Delamont, Sara,Atkinson, Paul,Parry, Odette
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335224806
Category: Education
Page: 234
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"This publication represents a thorough updating of an earlier book that was, in its own right, very useful. The second a significant improvement on its predecessor and I cannot recommend it highly enough for novice or experienced doctoral supervisors." Journal of Adult and Continuing Education How can I get my students to produce good theses on time? My last student failed! What could I have done to prevent it? I am supposed to train the new supervisors in my faculty; where can I get some good ideas? This new edition of Supervising the Doctorate still provides everything you ever wanted to know about the doctoral supervision but were afraid to ask! It includes: New material on supervising professional doctoral theses A new chapter on the changing policy context in higher education Latest research findings Experiential material from staff development sessions throughout the United Kingdom and New Zealand Now that supervisor training is compulsory, this practical, no-nonsense handbook is essential reading for both the novice and the experienced higher degree supervisor. For novices there is a developmental sequence of advice, guiding them through all stages of supervision from the first meeting to the viva and beyond. For experienced supervisors there are fresh ideas on how to improve practice and solve problems. Grounded in research, this book is invaluable to academics in all disciplines. At a time when there is increasing pressure to ensure 'quality' provision, to improve the doctoral completion rate, and to turn out employable graduates, the need for a practical guide is obvious. An essential item for every academic's bookshelf.

How To Get A Phd

a handbook for students and their supervisors
Author: Phillips, Estelle,Pugh, Derek.S.
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335242022
Category: Education
Page: 280
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How to get a PhD is THE classic book on studying for a PhD. It provides a practical, down to earth and realistic approach to studying for a PhD and offers support and reassurance for both students and supervisors.

Getting a PhD in Law

Author: Caroline Morris,Cian C Murphy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847317707
Category: Law
Page: 158
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Getting a PhD in Law is a unique guide to obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Law in the UK. While there is a wide range of study guides for PhD students in the social sciences and other science-based disciplines, there is very little information available on the process of obtaining a PhD in law. Research degrees in law share some attributes with those in related disciplines such as the humanities and social sciences. However, legal methodology and the place of the PhD in law in the young lawyer's career create unique challenges that have not been addressed by existing guides. Getting a PhD in Law fills this clear gap in the market, providing an accessible guide to the PhD process from topic selection to thesis publication. This readable and informative guide draws on interviews and case studies with PhD students, supervisors and examiners. Getting a PhD in Law will be essential reading for the growing numbers of PhD students in the UK's many law schools-and those internationally who wish to learn from UK best practice.

Fictional International Relations

Gender, Pain and Truth
Author: Sungju Park-Kang
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317970527
Category: Political Science
Page: 170
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This book proposes the idea of fictional International Relations (IR) and engages with feminist IR by contextualising the case of a woman spy in Korea in the Cold War. Fictional imagination and feminist IR encourage one to go beyond conventional or standard ways of thinking; it reshapes taken-for-granted interpretations and assumptions. This takes the view that a dominant narrative of events might be reconstructed as a different kind of story, once events are placed within a wider temporal approach. The case of the woman Korean secret agent- who reportedly bombed a South Korean plane (Korean Airlines (KAL) Flight 858) under the instruction from the North Korean leadership to disrupt the Seoul Olympic Games- is chosen to serve as an effective example of fictional IR and feminist IR scholarship, which can be investigated through the research puzzles concerning gender, pain and truth. Fictional International Relations has three main objectives. First, it investigates the way in which fiction-writing can become a method for dealing with data problems and contingency in IR. Second, the book examines how gender, pain and truth operate or interact in the case of the Korean spy and how this observation can strengthen feminist IR in terms of intersectionality. Finally, the author goes on to explore why this case has been so difficult to study openly and thoroughly. The aim of the book is not to refute the official findings; the point is to unpack complex dynamics surrounding truth—more specifically how the official account has been executed as ‘the’ truth—based on a feminist-informed investigation. This book will be of interest to students of IR theory, critical security studies, Cold War studies, gender studies and Asian studies.

Understanding and Doing Successful Research

Data Collection and Analysis for the Social Sciences
Author: Shaun Best
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131786218X
Category: Social Science
Page: 344
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Research Methods is an essential guide to carrying out a research project. Each of the focused chapters introduces and explains an aspect of social research to readers who may have no experience or knowledge of this subject. The emphasis is on ‘how to do’ various different methods, how to decide which is the most appropriate, and how to analyse the data. The book also includes examples of good practice from a range of social science disciplines.

The PhD Survival Guide: Lessons from Life and Lab

Author: Allan M. Grant
Publisher: Rising Tide Press
ISBN: 1916462901
Category: Education
Page: 58
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Are you considering PhD study but don't know where to begin? Perhaps you've already started and your confidence and motivation have fallen through the floor? In this practical and highly accessible guide, Allan M. Grant provides the blueprint for navigating the often turbulent waters on the journey towards PhD completion and success. In this book, you will learn: The fundamental reasons to study for a PhD and the nature of the present landscape. How to obtain funding for your chosen degree. How to prepare effectively before your studies commence, such as setting up your domestic and study environment, and much more. The best things to do when you begin your studies. Strategies for managing relationships with your supervisory team, other students, and your social circle. How to conduct the data collection process, from seeking ethical approval to participant recruitment and beyond. The optimal ways to look after your health and wellbeing during your studies. How to prepare appropriately for the viva voce examination. Methods to maximise your employability and job prospects once you’ve submitted your thesis.

Higher Education and Its Communities

Author: Ian McNay
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335207343
Category: Education
Page: 214
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What does community mean in the context of higher education? How is it changing, as colleges and universities are opened up to influences in their environment and have to respond? What might the future look like, especially given developments in information and communications technology?

Supervising the PhD

a guide to success
Author: Sara Delamont,Paul Atkinson,Odette Parry
Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335195176
Category: Education
Page: 209
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This book provides "everything you ever wanted to know about PhD supervision but were afraid to ask!" It is a practical, no-nonsense handbook for both the novice and the experienced higher degree supervisor. The novice will find a developmental sequence of advice, guiding them through all the stages of supervision from the first meeting to viva and beyond. The experienced supervisor will find fresh ideas to improve practice and solve problems. Based both on research among laboratory scientists and social scientists and on many years of experience, the book also draws upon humanities examples and so is invaluable to academics in all disciplines. At a time when there is increasing pressure to ensure 'quality' provision, to improve the PhD completion rate, and to turn out employable graduates, the need for this practical guide is obvious.

Doctoral Study in Contemporary Higher Education

Author: Howard Green,Stuart Powell,Society for Research into Higher Education
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335225594
Category: Education
Page: 288
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This book covers the differing kinds of doctorate award that exist currently and discusses critically issues that arise from the ways in which related forms of doctoral study are organized and assessed. It focuses on doctoral study, in all its forms, in the higher education sector in the United Kingdom, while being contextualised within an international dimension.

The Postgraduate's Companion

Author: Gerard Hall,Jo Longman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1412930251
Category: Education
Page: 500
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'At last virtually everything that a postgraduate research degree student should need to know in a single volume.' Ian Haines, member of the Executive Committee of the UK Council for Graduate Education, and former Director of the Graduate School, London Metropolitan University The Postgraduate's Companion is the most comprehensive, practical and accessible source of support and guidance for anyone contemplating starting, or already undertaking, their research degree. Hall and Longman's invaluable book is an essential reference resource for anyone doing postgraduate research or thinking of doing it. Leading experts in their fields address the fundamental questions of what a research degree involves; how to choose the best institution; secure an offer; and fund your research degree. For students who are currently working towards a research degree the book deals with the process thoroughly, including coverage of: - getting the most from the supervisory relationship; - planning and writing the thesis; - navigating and succeeding in research training; - learning to teach in HE and balancing teaching and research; - beating the blues and learning how to complete in good time; - and succeeding in the viva voce examination. The final section of the book covers what to do with a research degree once you have one. This includes identifying your skills; staying in academia; research outside academia; leaving research and academia; and starting your own business. The Postgraduate's Companion is a uniquely comprehensive guide for research students and supervisors. It covers all of the processes involved in doing a research degree - from setting out, to life beyond the research degree - providing an invaluable guide for all research students.