How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 8: ‘How much time do I get?????’

Peter J. Jordan


Doing a Doctorate is a weird process. There are four things you need to complete one successfully. First, you need some brains (I have seen some candidates miss out on this attribute and it never ends well). Second, you need some passion. If the passion dies during the process it starts to become a hard slog (for candidate and supervisor alike). The third thing you need is a degree of selfishness (acknowledging this won’t be popular with some students). A part of doing a Doctorate is that everything is less important (for most) than the research – if the research is not important to you, you will find other ways to fill the time (teaching, research assistant work, the latest full series of Game of Thrones, sleeping, cleaning the house). Finally, and most importantly, you need a good supervisor whose feedback you will need.

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