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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.

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. Below the box is why:

Contents List of the 3rd edition of The Research Student's Guide to Success
  1. Why and how to use this book
  2. Exploring routes, opportunities and funding for postgraduate study and research
  3. Making an application
  4. Producing the research proposal
  5. Settling in and taking stock
  6. Interacting with supervisors
  7. Reading round the subject: working procedures
  8. Reading round the subject: evaluating quality
  9. Handling ethical issues
  10. Managing the pervasive influences of personal circumstances
  11. Adapting to postgraduate research outside your home country
  12. Planning, monitoring and recording your skills development (PDP)
  13. Planning out the work
  14. Getting into a productive routine
  15. Co-operating with others for mutual help and support
  16. Producing progress reports
  17. Giving presentations on your work
  18. Transferring registration from MPhil to PhD
  19. Coming to terms with originality in research
  20. Developing ideas through creative thinking
  21. Keeping going when you feel like giving up Job seeking
  22. Producing the thesis
  23. Preparing for the examination and conducting yourself in the oral/viva/thesis defence
  24. Afterwards!


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.

© Pat Cryer

* 'Supervisor' is a shorthand for 'research degree supervisor', 'advisor' or 'tutor', and applies to varying extents for all research degrees: PhD, DPhil. MPhil, Prof Doc and even undergraduate and masters' projects. In some countries, notably the USA, a 'supervisor' is known as an 'advisor'.