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 38: Keeping life and career on track as anon-traditional doctorate student

Vicki Webster


After many years of racking my brain for a research topic, I finally found one I could engage with for 8 years of part-time study. Finding a university and supervisor was relatively straightforward and, as it was a research-only qualification, I could incorporate my study into my career as a management consultant working for a large global company. As my diary was dictated by my clients’ needs, I was used to 60+ hours working weeks, including working on the weekend and juggling competing priorities – so how hard could it be? I approached my study with the same planning processes I applied to work projects. I prepared my literature review over six months. I already had access to data that I could analyse for my confirmation (a university process to get approval to proceed with my doctorate research).

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