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By about the mid-point of your PhD journey, it becomes apparent that getting a successful completion signals not the end per se, but the end of the beginning. For some, the PhD is the summation of their academic endeavours, allowing you to retire undefeated from the world of education bearing its highest accolade. For others, especially those aspiring to an academic career, PhDs are the entry ticket to a world where reputation is all. So how do you build your academic reputation?
Jessica Doyle is a Postgraduate student at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, studying for an MSc in International Marketing Management with Digital Marketing. Along with her studies, she is working part time as a marketing intern for Genoa Black, creative and...
Professors Robert Macintosh and Kevin O’Gorman give their Top 10 hints of your Methodology section.
Some other elements to consider before embarking in the PhD journey.
The PhD process gives you the opportunity to get to grips with a vast amount of literature, positioning PhD students strongly when it comes to publishing journal articles and opportunities to contribute to their respective field. It might seem like yet another task for already time-constrained PhD students, but publishing during the PhD can offer several benefits.
I gave a speech about “Getting through the PhD” about a month ago at the University of Glasgow. It was intense to stand there, talking to PhD students in their first year and give them advice….more like slices of life and experience.
One of the questions I’m frequently asked by students undertaking a dissertation is about context, and in turn, data. Students will often have a notion of what they want to look at and why it might be important, but are less sure when it comes to where they are going to look for it.
Dr Babak Taheri gives 9 + 1 hints for publishing a quantitative journal paper.
Now, before we go any further, clearly articulating you theory, context, data collection, and data analysis is not enough to get published, however, not doing is enough to get your paper desk rejected.
Clear articulation of all three things is subject to a sensible selection process; a general review might not require the application of any particular theory, whilst a conceptual paper may not involve the collection and analysis of original data, but once you know what type of paper you are writing, you should be able to break it down. Being able to explain your paper in relation to each of these sections is of great help when considering both the ways in which to frame the paper, and the gaps that your research addresses.
Writing a research proposal can be a difficult and daunting process at the best of times. Never mind having to write one on exchange at a new University, in a new country. Here are our Top Ten Tips for writing a research proposal whilst abroad.
Ten tips for a successful dissertation
I’ve jotted down a list of ten questions that I wish I had thought about more fully, or even considered at all before starting a PhD. Now, please remember (as mentioned before), I was full-time PhD (with teaching and marking commitments in my PhD Contract), and part-time at work. However, my employment contract was 27 hours per week (plus travel time), which is only a few hours short of what most people would consider a full-time contract (35 hour per week).
Prof. Kevin O’gorman gives his top 10 hints on how to get published for the first time. It is way more accessible than you actually think.
The following table offers a suggested structure and approximate word counts for your MSc Dissertations. It is not set in stone and should be changed to suit your project and your institution. Remember a key rule for success – Follow the advice of your supervisor!
Now I’ve been accepted, arranged to stay on at work part-time (although it’s almost a full-time contract for normal people when you look at the hours!). I need to resolve being a student again, along with how to juggle reading, study, writing, teaching, marking, home-life, and work?!
Some important pointers on managing a career and undertaking a PhD.
Sitting down and working out quickly what I would do, and how I could possibly afford to do it (time and finances)
If you recall my last post, I had just bumped into someone that I knew from years ago. He was completing his PhD and I was on a Masters course back in the UK at the time. Before I went home from another busy shift at work, I sat down to catch up on the past 8 years! His question was “So, when are you going to do a PhD?”, to which I replied “I’ve actually been thinking about that for the past six weeks, but how on earth do I manage it?”.
That time of the year when PG students will have to choose their dissertation topic is quickly approaching at Heriot-Watt University. Writing a dissertation is part of the examination process at many undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the world. So I decided to write this quick guide with a few tips on how to choose a marketing dissertation topic.
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.
In April 2015, after months of hard work and sleepless nights, my Marketing dissertation on “Investigating consumer attitudes for young adults towards in-app advertising in the UAE” was finally complete. Before I walked down to hand in the very final copy of my dissertation I took one last look at it. I remembered how much I could not wait for this moment, to finally finish my dissertation and never look at it again. However, something had changed. I was suddenly very proud of what I had produced. I had put my heart into this thesis. I wanted to take this journey of extensive research and thorough analysis further.