I'm in the process of writing my thesis nowadays. And I wake up every morning wondering if I had done enough work to present in a thesis or not! My supervisor thinks I'm ready to go, and although I trust him and our communication is great, I still feel anxious sometimes.
I'd really appreciate it if you have any input on this. I know it's hard to say as requirements are different in each field. But just general judgment if possible would be great.
I study in a clinical field (in the UK) so my phd structure has been the following:
Year 1 months 1-6 research background, Confirm methods and obtain ethical approval (since I'm involving people in my research )
Year 1 months 7-12: study 1-qualitative study (interviews).
Year 2 months 1-4 develop health intervention (using data from study 1 and previous research). This involved developing an interactive health education package.
Year 2 month 5 to year 3 month 5: study 2- randomised clinical trial assessing intervention in patients.
I'm now writing up. I presented some of the work at two conferences, published the results of my first study in a journal and I'm now in the final stages of publishing the results of the second (fingers crossed). I also have some secondary data from study 2 that can form a small paper but I might put it on the side for now.
What do you think? Does is sound reasonable? I'd really appreciate some feedback! Thank you in advance
I remember being told once that PhD students usually have more than enough data. I'm in the sciences and just got told to aim for 3-4 data chapters, I have 4 but two are small and two are larger. I have friends who had more chapters but they were all small, and some with less but the contribution was higher for each. So there are no hard and fast rules I think.
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