Hi Guys, I am entering my third and final year of funding for my PhD. I was just wondering how do you know when you have enough research to start writing-up? Does your supervisor just tell you to stop and write-up, or is this a decision that I should make for myself? Thanks.
I am not in my final year, so I don't really know. But I would have thought it would be a joint decision, you would have an idea when your research is enough, and suggest so to your supervisor, then they may agree or disagree.
I suppose you need to look at the whole package, would the final thesis be sufficient? in a viva will it be easily uncovered that you really could have done more? are you happy that your research is complete? is the contribution to knowledge you provide worth a PhD?
Hope this helps, as I'm not in your position, so am just giving off a few ideas.
No piece of research will ever be finished, there will ALWAYS be something else that you could do next! I was told at my research student induction (all those years ago, getting misty-eyed..) that "a thesis is never finished, merely abandoned at it's least damaging point". Wise words.
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