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Writing Your PhD: An Introduction: PhD Knowledge, #4

Writing Your PhD: An Introduction: PhD Knowledge, #4

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Writing Your PhD: An Introduction: PhD Knowledge, #4

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Mar 10, 2016


When people sign up for doctoral study, they don't always realise that in the process they need to write a book. The doctoral thesis or dissertation is the length of an average paperback. Even people studying for a professional doctorate, or a PhD by publication, need to write the equivalent of a short literary novel. Writing so much can be a daunting prospect. This e-book is filled with practical advice and tips to get you started and help you keep going.

Mar 10, 2016

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If you have decided to undertake doctoral study, you have effectively committed to writing a book. Many people who apply for a doctorate do not realise that, in the process, they will need to write the equivalent of a book. Perhaps this is because it's not called a book; it's called a thesis, or a dissertation, depending on where you are in the world. Maybe it's because your thesis or dissertation is unlikely to be published in book form without considerable rewriting. So it might not feel as if you are writing a book in the early days but, believe me, it will feel like you’ve written one by the end. Your thesis or dissertation will be structured like a book, with title, contents, chapters and index. It will be as long as a book, even if you're doing a professional doctorate with a lower word count. Fifty thousand words is the length of a Mills & Boon romance or a short literary novel;

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