Category: Research tools

The ideal dissertation structure and word counts

The following table offers a suggested structure and approximate word count for a dissertation. This is designed to be altered according to the needs of the researcher, and the stipulations of their supervisor and institution. It is important to understand that the table is offered here only as a set of non-specific suggestions for your (hopefully!) very specific project. All dissertations are different, and your supervisor is the best person to talk to about your specific institutional, school, or college requirements, which may vary quite significantly.

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Finding a Scholarship Project

Project based PhDs are not normally an open call for projects, academic staff will offer specific and clearly delimited PhD proposals which the successful candidates will be expected to carry out. These PhD projects will normally include some direction around: aim and objectives, theoretical and contextual literature, and data collection plan (including access to data). With a fully funded three year full-time PhD Scholarship, you could expect to see included: PhD fees; maintenance allowance which are often tax and national insurance exempt and is expected to cover normal living expenses; a contribution towards conference attendance, and additional funding may be available for research training.

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Could Sparrho become an alternative to Google Scholar?

The newest kid on the block in academic search is a British-based company called Sparrho. With over 21,000 sources and 5 million search items, the platform allows from a more customised and research-led user experience for the academic world. I always welcome new tools that can make research easier to conduct, so I was excited when I read about this new platform.

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