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Thread: Doing a PhD the non conventional way...late data collection. Help?

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17-Feb-19, 19:57
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posted about 10 months ago
I am 1.5 years in my PhD journey now. Dealing with confusion and lack of motivation due to anxiety, 1st year was basically dedicated to conferences, passing my transfer, ethical clearance and writing an essay to confirm my PhD studies.
Finished my Literature Review draft this December as supervisor did not want me to proceed with anything unless I finish my LR and started working for the methodology since then.I have been teaching as well so I wasted a lot of time preparing material for that..no excuses but just saying.

PhD was advertised and the methodology was vague...non practical. Supervisor is amazing with ideas but could not work on the practicalities of the matters so data collection is severely delayed as I need to figure out things alone. Coming from a science field into social sciences I slowly discovered that there is a long procedure behind designing instruments (Factor analysis, internal validity) and I realised that I will not be ready for data collection this year as school lessons here finish at the end of March and 1 month is not enough. Along with that, access is not granted yet and I am negotiating.

My plan is to have a pilot in March, write 40000 out of 80000 until August, collect data first trimester starting in September, and do the analysis and the rest of the write up (results discussion conclusion) from January until September 2020 when I need to hand in.

I am worried because I am not following conventional timelines...I never have anyway during my masters but yeah I am concerned..

Is there hope? Can I still make it?

Thread: University reputation , supervisor reputation or funding?

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21-Feb-17, 15:48
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posted about 2 years ago
Quote From pm133:

Thanks a lot your answer was invaluable. Should I ask potential supervisors on whether I will be given an opportunity to publish reports or is it something that I do by myself? If so, how do I get such opportunities? Apologies on my naive question, I am a newbie


I recommend asking as many questions as possible. Particularly if this is important to you. It is easy and understandable to be wary of "rocking the boat" at the interview stage but this can cause serious problems down the line.

For example, I wanted to know that I would be writing my own papers, able to work flexible hours and be largely left to get on with things without being asked for progress meetings every week. These were and remain red line issues for me so it was vital that my supervisor was happy on those fronts. For example, had I found out that the supervisor wrote my reports I would have terminated the PhD and started again elsewhere.



Thanks a lot for your advice ! A PhD still seems intimidating for me ( still in the applications process) so I have so many questions to ask, I am afraid that people will laugh at me : ) And wow I did not know that supervisors would write reports under their name. What would it be acceptable? Co-publishing right?

Thread: University reputation , supervisor reputation or funding?

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20-Feb-17, 10:35
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posted about 2 years ago
Thanks a lot to all of you ! Your advice is gold :)

Thread: University reputation , supervisor reputation or funding?

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19-Feb-17, 20:00
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posted about 2 years ago
Quote From TheEngineer:
When you apply for a postdoc or Lecturer post, recruiters will be looking for a candidate with an impressive publication record. Don't expect to be handed an academic post simply because you were at a Russell group university. If someone from an ex-poly has a good publication record over a Russell graduate, the former will no doubt get the job.


Thanks a lot your answer was invaluable. Should I ask potential supervisors on whether I will be given an opportunity to publish reports or is it something that I do by myself? If so, how do I get such opportunities? Apologies on my naive question, I am a newbie

Thread: University reputation , supervisor reputation or funding?

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19-Feb-17, 18:06
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posted about 2 years ago
I was looking for PhDs in social sciences and there are few to none studentships in that field. There is currently an opening for a project I really do like but the university is not that famous..it climbed the rankings really fast in the recent years and it is number 58 now. The supervisor is one of the top in his field, is well acknowledged and has contributed a lot to the research community.
Does the university reputation matter? Should I go for a high reputation uni and self-funding? Is there a right or wrong at the end of the day or a PhD is a PhD no matter where and what?

Thank you

Thread: Can I get a phd idea from an already advertised project?

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23-Jan-17, 10:47
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Thanks a lot ! Kikothedog your advice is invaluable. appreciate it

Thread: Can I get a phd idea from an already advertised project?

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22-Jan-17, 20:18
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posted about 2 years ago
I saw an advertised phd project and i really liked the idea. I already applied to that university but I want to apply to other institutions as well. Some of them require me to write my own proposal and I was wondering whether it would be okay or morally right to customise an already published project idea into something new..eg: do the same project in another country.

Thread: Self-Funded PhDs. Good or Bad?

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08-Oct-16, 16:36
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posted about 3 years ago
Hello. I was considering applying for a PhD in UK as a self-funded student since there are very few funded projects in social sciences. Also, even though I have work research experience, 2 Merit masters , excellent references, distinction on my research projects and a high school certificate above 95, I got a very low degree GPA due to personal issues that affected the exams which were worth 80%. Nevertheless, I have the qualities and I am confident that I can do it.

I have just read some articles that were a bit concerning.

Among other comments I read :

- limited conferences and research trips.
-without funding one finds it almost impossible to get an academic post
-someone self funding their PhD would not be looked favourably..

Is this true? I feel that there are many things that I am not yet aware of and I need objective answers from people who know what is going on..

Thank you very much.
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