Reviews of the third edition: 'This remains the best general...introduction to working on the PhD. It is well worth consulting by anyone considering the PhD as a route to take, either part-time combined with employment, or full time as a route into academia' - Social Research Association. 'This is an excellent book. Its style is racy and clear...an impressive array of information, useful advice and comment gleaned from the authors' systematic study and experience over many years...should be required reading not only for those contemplating doctoral study but also for supervisors, new and experienced' - "Higher Education".Since the first edition of this innovative book appeared in 1987 it has become a worldwide bestseller. Through it many thousands of students in all faculties and disciplines have been helped to gain their PhDs. Practical and clear, this book examines everything students need to know about getting a PhD through research in any subject. It also helps supervisors and examiners to better understand their role in the process. It is completely updated throughout. It includes a new section on increasingly popular professional doctorates such as EdD, DBA and D.Eng.
It includes new material for overseas, part-time and mature students, and their supervisors. It also includes a new diagnostic questionnaire for students to self-monitor progress. It takes in the impact of the new Code of Practice of the Quality Assurance Agency. It includes stories of other PhD students, problems they encountered and how they dealt with them! "How to get a PhD" is the essential handbook for doctoral students!
Dr Estelle M. Phillips is an independent educational consultant. She specializes in giving advice on appropriate provision for research students, and in conducting training for doctoral students and supervisors. Professor Derek S.Pugh is Emeritus Professor of International Management of the Open University Business School. He has considerable experience in the design of doctoral programmes and the successful supervision of PhD students.