The book THE RESEARCH STUDENT'S GUIDE TO SUCCESS
Editions of the book 'The Research Student's Guide to Success'
The first edition of my book for research students was published in 1996; the second in 2000; and the third in 2006.
Contents List of the 3rd edition of The Research Student's Guide to Success
- Why and how to use this book
- Exploring routes, opportunities and funding for postgraduate study and research
- Making an application
- Producing the research proposal
- Settling in and taking stock
- Interacting with supervisors
- Reading round the subject: working procedures
- Reading round the subject: evaluating quality
- Handling ethical issues
- Managing the pervasive influences of personal circumstances
- Adapting to postgraduate research outside your home country
- Planning, monitoring and recording your skills development (PDP)
- Planning out the work
- Getting into a productive routine
- Co-operating with others for mutual help and support
- Producing progress reports
- Giving presentations on your work
- Transferring registration from MPhil to PhD
- Coming to terms with originality in research
- Developing ideas through creative thinking
- Keeping going when you feel like giving up Job seeking
- Producing the thesis
- Preparing for the examination and conducting yourself in the oral/viva/thesis defence
2006 is of course some time ago. So you may wonder why there has not been a fourth edition. The reason is that I haven't thought it necessary. Here is why:
- Books are increasingly being superseded by the internet - hence this website.
- The challenges that face students on research projects have not changed - and meeting such challenges successfully is what the book is about. There is no shortage of reviews on the internet as a search will quickly reveal.
- Although teaching technology has changed dramatically with smart boards, digital projectors and flash drives replacing blackboards, overhead projectors and rewritable CDs, these do not figure in the challenges faced by students on research programmes. Neither does the burgeoning tick-box culture of administrative requirements.
So, as far as suggestions and advice for research students are concerned, the 3rd edition of 'The Research Student's Guide to Success' should still meet most of students' general, non-discipline specific needs. The Contents List is shown in the box with a good indication of what is in various chapters.