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
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.
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Introduction and How to Use this Book - Dr Ged Hall and Dr Jo Longman What is a Postgraduate Research Degree? - Professor Stuart Powell and Professor Howard Green (Postgraduate Directions) Section I: Considering Becoming a Postgraduate Research Student in the UK and Securing an Offer Why Do a Postgraduate Research Degree? - Simon P Felton How Much will it cost? - Dr Ged Hall and Dr Jo Longman Where can I get Funding? - Professor Mary Bownes and Robert Lawrie Sources of Information About Where to Do a Postgraduate Research Degree and How to Choose the Best Institution Writing a Research Proposal, Securing an Offer and Applying for Funding - Professor Sharon Monteith and Helen Foster Section II: Getting Your Research Degree The Supervision Process and the Nature of the Research Degree - Dr Lucinda Becker and Professor Pam Denicolo Managing the research process and the supervisory relationship - Dr Lucinda Becker and Professor Pam Denicolo Searching and Reviewing the Literature and Information Skills - Dr Chris Hart Research Ethics - Dr John R Gibbins Getting Started with Writing - Dr Rowena Murray Plagiarism, Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright - Jude Carroll, Chris Luton and Laurence Bebbington Transferable Skills Training and Assessing Your Training Needs - Ellen Pearce Presentation Skills - Dr Helen Lawrence Academic Conference - Dr Martyn Kingsbury and Dr Roberto Di Napoli Teaching as Part of Your Professional Development - Dr Kate Exley Beating the Research Blues - Dr Steve Hutchinson Writing Your Thesis - Dr Joanna Channell Submission and Completion - Dr Fiona Denny The Viva - Dr Penny Tinkler and Dr Carolyn Jackson Section III: Moving on from Your Research Degree What Can Research Students do? - Dr Sara Shinton Identifying and valuing your transferable skills - Clare Jones Staying in academia - Professor Wyn Grant Research Outside Academia - Dr Seema Sharma Leaving academia and research - Sarah Musson Entrepreneurship - Dr Richard Lilley