Saturday, 5 May 2012

How Not to Write a PhD Thesis

Someone has recently sent me a link to an interesting article that appeared in a January 2010 edition of Times Higher Education which I thought was worth passing on to the other postgrad students out there.  In it, Tara Brabazon, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Brighton, discusses her role in preparing PhD students for submission of their thesis, and examining the work of other PhD candidates.  

My teaching break between Christmas and the university's snowy reopening in January followed in the footsteps of Goldilocks and the three bears.  I examined three PhDs: one was too big; one was too small; one was just right.  Put another way, one was as close to a fail as I have ever examined; one passed but required rewriting to strengthen the argument; and the last reminded me why it is such a pleasure to be an academic.

Read the full article: How Not to Write a PhD Thesis by Tara Brabazon


Elmer said...

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Anonymous said...

Great article! Times Higher Education has also just posted a new piece by Tara Brabazon, titled '10 truths a supervisor will never tell you - important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis'.

Sally Miller said...

The article was amazing! I think professor really can’t expect what they would be in until they are into it. And thesis writing can really be hard for grad student, especially for those who doesn’t know yet what to do in their research. Anyway, I’ll share the link myself so that many people can read about it.

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