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should I number my thesis?

I’ve just been in a university where doctoral researchers are issued with a thesis template. This automatically sets up the font, layers of headings and the section and subsection numbering systems. If doctoral researchers decide to use this template, and … Continue reading

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chapter flow /using headings to help

This is the third in a series of posts on getting flow in the thesis. The first was on using the introduction and the second on using the conclusion. This post is about using headings. There are two aspects of … Continue reading

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some more thoughts on structuring the thesis

A little while ago I was asked a tricky question about thesis chapter: How much should each thesis chapter stand-alone? On pursuing this a little, it turned out that there was more to the question. The questioner also wanted to … Continue reading

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the downside of having a Big Book thesis

This is a guest post by Katie Wheat. Katie graduated with a PhD in Psychology from University of York and now works as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience at Maastricht University. She is currently using brain … Continue reading

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the PhD and publication/by publication – a very peculiar practice? part one

It is now increasingly common in parts of Europe for PhDs in the humanities and social sciences to be awarded on the basis of publication. The norm seems to be three, but sometimes four, papers in international peer reviewed journals. … Continue reading

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keeping your thesis reader/examiner on track

I’m currently reading my fifth doctoral thesis for the year. I realized a while ago that I’ve now examined at least fifty doctorates. I guess that’s a lot. I recently decided to go back to my examination reports to see … Continue reading

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the discussion chapter – it’s about taking flight

A long time ago I visited the albatross sanctuary on the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand. I was there at a time when the fledglings were exercising their wings, but had not yet reached the point where they were able … Continue reading

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a metaphor for the thesis

I like a good metaphor. I like thinking about the metaphors that we use to describe academic work too. I particularly like thinking about how changing metaphors can help re-orient the actual doing of academic work. We all know, I’m … Continue reading

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what not to do in a thesis conclusion, part one: christmas present five

The conclusion is one of the most important sections of the thesis, yet it is often done quite badly. This is not good because the conclusion is a key part of the text and thesis writers really need to spend … Continue reading

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how not to fail the PhD: christmas present four

The most common way to fail a PhD is not to submit it. Or not to hand in the major revisions. It’s pretty rare for people to actually fail PhDs once they are submitted. The kinds of figures that get … Continue reading

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