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Thread: Need Help to select suitable university for Masters in Finance

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03-Mar-15, 09:39
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posted about 4 years ago
I think most people in this forum are in the UK. You might have better luck finding an answer to your question in a US-based forum.

Thread: Checking 'disability' on PhD application- Help ASAP!

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03-Mar-15, 09:05
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Could you perhaps phone the university's disability service and ask for their advice? I guess that if you are able to register as disabled when you start the PhD then you should be able to classify yourself as disabled on the application form. Is there no space on the form to explain what your disability is? This website contains a definition of disability under the Equality Act plus a link to more detailed guidance:


https://www.gov.uk/definition-of-disability-under-equality-act-2010

Thread: Low GPA in Bachelor's Degree

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25-Feb-15, 09:18
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Hi Rochelle,

As Eds says, you probably have a good chance of being accepted onto a taught masters programme. It might be a good idea, if you can afford it, to do a masters before progressing to a PhD. It would help you adjust to the UK system and get a good grounding in whatever field you want to pursue a PhD.

Having said that, you might get accepted straight onto a PhD programme if you write a good research proposal and application, possibly not at a top university though. It's a good idea to identify potential supervisors and contact them with a brief outline of your ideas for a research project to see if they would be willing to take you before you apply formally. As long as the area you are applying for is vaguely related to your previous studies, you should be fine. I mean you probably wouldn't get a place to study microbiology but if it's in the social sciences and you show in your proposal that you are familiar with relevant literature there shouldn't be a problem.

If by veteran you mean ex-military, it won't get you any advantages in the UK.

Thread: What is a narrative review?

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22-Feb-15, 17:23
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Lang (2010) 'How to write, publish, and present in the Health Sciences' explains the difference between narrative and systematic reviews on page 16. It's available via Google Scholar.

Thread: Lit review over 20,000 words - too long?

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22-Feb-15, 17:15
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Thanks for your replies everyone. It's good to know others are facing the same issues. I'm coming to the end of my PhD and revising the lit review in the light of my findings. So far I have only seen points to add not points to take away, and like Caro's supervisor, mine tells me to add something every time she looks at it. I am going to go through it very carefully to try to find areas where it can be cut down. I am fully aware that quantity doesn't equal quality but I don't think I've been particularly wordy in dealing with individual points. I've just covered a lot of ground because it's a complex interdisciplinary topic. Somehow I will at least get it below 20,000 words though.

Thread: Lit review over 20,000 words - too long?

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18-Feb-15, 18:27
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As it stands, my lit review is going to end up somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000 words. The word limit for the thesis is 80,000 but I can apply for an extension to 100,000 and I've been told that such applications aren't generally refused as long as the supervisor supports them. I'm in the social sciences. Should I try to cut my lit review or can I get away with that many words?

Thread: Request for Journal Articles (Urgent Please)

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15-Feb-15, 09:44
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I can send them all if you let me have your email address

Thread: Feeling ver awkward! maybe I should not have done this

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11-Feb-15, 18:18
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If I were you I'd try to act completely normal as if the bra strap incident never happened or was nothing out of the ordinary. I guess you just overstepped the boundary in a moment of absent mindedness and hopefully she'll realise that. If one of my students did it to me it wouldn't bother me that much as long it was a one off incident.

Thread: Postdoc application question

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09-Feb-15, 20:37
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Could practical application of qualitative research mean experience of taking findings from qualitative research and applying them in a practical situation?

Thread: PhD's: worth the risk based on a dream of academia?

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08-Feb-15, 09:54
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Here are some thoughts - nothing very coherent, I'm afraid.

I have always thought it is better to pursue a dream even if I don't ultimately succeed than to spend my life wondering 'what if...'

I really wish someone had told me before I started my PhD that it is nothing like doing a taught masters degree. I too really enjoyed my masters and was encouraged to do a PhD. I haven't enjoyed the PhD in the same way. It has often felt like a very long and lonely struggle although I have now established some support networks with colleagues and fellow PhD students. I know that not everyone has such a negative experience but I've spoken to a lot of students who feel that their confidence really took a nose dive at some point during the PhD.

Can you ask your supervisor about the possibility of some part-time lecturing work while you're doing your PhD? If you're an established visiting lecturer when a vacancy comes up, you'll stand a much better chance of getting the job than if you're applying to a university where you've never worked. Also, if you decide to go ahead, make sure you get some publications out during the PhD because it's quite hard to get an academic job without them - another piece of advice I wish I'd been given at the start!"

Thread: Confidence in publishing journal articles

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05-Feb-15, 20:24
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Do you have a mentor at work or just a colleague that you could ask whether there's any kind of support system for early career academics. Where I work, everyone is assigned a research mentor and I think (though I'm not sure because I'm not quite at the publication stage yet) that we are supposed to get some internal feedback on our articles before we submit them to a journal - such is the obsession with the REF these days.

Thread: Struggling to cope.....AGAIN!

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01-Feb-15, 09:53
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I feel that my writing is rubbish about 90% of the time. I put off sending drafts to my supervisor till the last minute because I'm too embarrassed for her to see it. Luckily she is a very supportive, positive person so she manages to make me feel better about it whilst making plenty of suggestions for improvement. For a few days after our meetings I think yes I can do this and then gradually I slip back into a pit of despair.

Lemonjuice, you're probably being too hard on yourself. You improved your discussion chapter yesterday even if you ended up with fewer words, so that's progress. I doubt that your thesis is rubbish compared with others (I feel the same about mine) but can you learn from what you liked about those theses and try to use it to improve your own work?

I hope your supervisors are supportive like mine, but if not, is there anyone else you could discuss your work with to get some moral support?

Thread: Medical Care journal access, anyone?

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30-Jan-15, 10:25
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Hi Satchi,

I can get it for you. I have your email address so I'll send it a bit later today.

Thread: Anyone finishing this year?

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27-Jan-15, 18:51
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Hi everyone. I'd like to join too. I'm in a very similar situation to Tulip - I need a full draft by June for submission in September. I have a lit review in reasonable shape, about half a methodology chapter and a lot of my data analysis is written up but I'm not quite sure what form my chapters will take yet. At the moment it looks as if one of my themes will take about 20,000 words - is that too long for a chapter? Good luck everyone!

Thread: It's all gone to hell, what can I do?

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27-Jan-15, 09:52
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Hi NooBear,

Sorry you've had such a horrible time. I'm not sure what's best to advise. Can your student union help? It's shocking that your supervisor is claiming not to have seen your work. Do you have any evidence that he did see it - copies of emails with attachments that you sent, notes from your meetings with him, any email feedback from him? Your university should have a complaints procedure which you could go through and if it doesn't resolve the matter, there is the Office of the Independent Adjudicator which deals with students' complaints about their universities. It might be very stressful to go through the whole process though. On the other hand, if the university sees that you are serious about pursuing a complaint they might try to come to some arrangement with you to resolve your situation.

If you could finish an MPhil it might make it easier to apply for a PhD elsewhere.

Good luck.
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