Date of publication: 2017-07-08 17:19
I talked to my prospective supervisor first and she helped me with the proposal it had already gone through a number of drafts with her before I submitted it. This is one benefit of going with an early career supervisor I was her first doctoral student so she was very keen to get me over the line for my application. However, she had already sat on a number of PhD panels, so she had already seen plenty of proposals.
What you do instead is pick one theme: which light do you want to be seen in? Once you have answered that question, you are ready to go. Stay true to the theme, and you will get a coherent piece that will get you a good grade.
If it is important for a student not to over- or underestimate the nature of a PhD, it is equally important to have a supervisor who does not do so. We shall be discussing issues of supervision in detail later, and so here we will just point out that: first, inadequate supervision is a major cause of not getting a PhD and second, since the penalties to students of not succeeding are much greater than to their supervisors, in the end it is up to determined students to get the supervision they need and are entitled to.
· Chris was a financial manager who thought that a research degree would be a good insurance should he wish in the future to become a management lecturer. He wanted to do his research on the financial control systems of his firm, about which he naturally knew a very great deal. He thought that it would be easy to do some research into a topic on which he was one of the experts, but he seriously underestimated the fact that research means finding good questions as well as good answers.
· Jim was a journalist specializing in industrial issues. He wanted an academic career and started a PhD on a politically topical issue. He continued to write occasional newspaper articles to earn money as a student. After producing a series of articles as his inadequate research proposal, his supervisor told him he had to design a questionnaire. He did so and got a group of managers to complete it, but he never analysed it- he said that he didn't see the point. And, of course, there was no point -for him. He withdrew.
Getting into a PhD program can be very complicated. I 8767 d value regular readers sharing their stories in the comments I think think this is a good example of where newbies can learn a lot from existing students 8767 experiences Here 8767 s the letter I received:
After introducing the problem, they should submit their arguments and analysis of a topic in a body paragraph while ending with a solution inconclusive article.
Developing a research idea means investing time and energy into some ideas that you don’t then pursue further. This is not wasted time—it is often through investigating a bad idea that you then develop a good one.
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wow, i thought the application process was difficult enough, & i only needed a statement of intent as well. coming up with a research proposal right off the bat, just to gain admission? yikes.
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