Chapter 1: What we wish we had known: lessons learned to keep your doctorate on track
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The chapter introduces and sets out the main aims of the volume. This volume addresses the realities that doctoral researchers in the social sciences face daily. In contrast to the majority of books about doctoral research and research methods texts, it places at centre stage the lived experiences of current and past candidates and supervisors. It seeks to offer insights to those considering or presently undertaking doctoral research, as well as those supporting them. Rather than comprising a procedural step-by-step manual, it is a companion for the reader’s doctoral journey, from first thoughts of how to begin through to submission and to finding the first job. The volume brings together 59 contributions from authors across the world and from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, and it is intended for use by both students and supervisors. Moreover, it is of relevance to both traditional and newer forms of doctorate.

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