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. Concurrently, I have been shepherding three of my PhD students through the final two months to submission. These concluding weeks are an emotional cocktail of exhaustion, frustration, fright and exhilaration. Supervisors correct errors we thought had been removed a year ago.
How long is the average PhD dissertation?
Recipe of a good reference list: Ingredients for PhD success | the édu flâneuse
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Recipe of a good reference list: Ingredients for PhD success
The digitisation of doctoral theses is a great boon to current doctoral candidates: reviewing recent examples of doctoral work in their institution is only a few clicks away. New candidates can appraise doctoral work done by former scholars in their department to get a feel for aspects such as chapter structure, page length, academic writing style, and referencing conventions: reading a thesis to write a thesis as Cally Guerin recently advised. As a postgraduate learning adviser one of my regular weekly routines has been to check our digital repository to see which new doctoral theses have been uploaded. Although a few new doctoral theses are embargoed, there are usually six or seven new ones to scan through each week.
This question was recently asked in the comments thread on another post. Like many simple questions, the answer is a bit complicated. The short answer is that, as an academic, you never stop reviewing the literature because you need to be aware of the latest developments in your field and what your competitors are doing.