Signup date: 04 Dec 2012 at 4:21pm
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this sounds rather unfair, 1 working day delay not due to your fault is hardly a huge delay.
how much is 1 year of extension year fees typically? can you ask them to pro-rata it down so you pay 1 day of extension year fees..... I paid for half an extension year for mine as I needed extra time,
otherwise Ian's idea is a good one :)....
or other ideas...
did you have a scholarship or research budget for expenses? if there is any money left in your expenses budget you could ask if it is moved over to cover this bill.
finally.. if you have a staff contract, you may get reduced course fees, sometimes up to 50% off (though in my current uni it is 25%).. you could negotiate a reduced fee if they are unwilling to waive it all.
Hi sorry to hear this - how much analysis do you still have to do? Can it be done from the transcripts ?
Regarding the lost data, this is tricky ? Was it password protected, hopefully so ? :) Not sure what ethics guidelines you signed up to regarding data storage. ? I think the earlier comment about trying to retrieve the files - worth a go, good luck !
No problem ! :) please give it a try, and if it's not possible then you could still clarify with the graduate school your options. It sounds like your supervisor could have been a lot more helpful, which obviously has partly lead to this situation. Fingers crossed for a good outcome :) good luck
Thanks for posting your message - it is a difficult issue -
to be honest (as you asked for us to be so in your opening post) - I think you should tell your graduate school that you submitted in error, retrieve your thesis - write your concluding chapter and then ask for a viva date to be reorganised. It is likely that your grad school have not yet (hopefully!) sent your thesis out to the examiners as yet. If there is literally no concluding chapter in your thesis, it is as you say incomplete - and I am sure not that the examiners will be able to proceed with the examination process.
It worries me that you do not seem to understand the significance of a concluding chapter - mine was around 7,000 words and it took me quite some time to write and complete (and I also added to it following getting minor corrections). It is no trivial matter... as I say to the students I support now, your final discussion chapter/concluding chapter is the MOST important part of your dissertation/thesis - where you discuss the significance of your findings, how they relate to previous research/theories/approaches, and make your contribution to knowledge really really clear. You would also outline methodological issues, directions for future research here also.
It just sounds like you need more time - and you should request this ASAP, and get your thesis in better shape before it is submitted for examination. I would also suggest you speak to your supervisor ASAP ... I was chatting to my friends earlier about students who fail their PhD's and it unfortunately always seems to happen to be the students who submit work without the approval of their supervisor. You potentially have the opportunity to turn this around - but you need to act now to try and rectify this situation. Good luck!!
Hi there it sounds like you could (once the articles are published
) be able to do a PhD by publication - you would still need to write a document (around 10,000) words that ties all the publications together and clearly conveys the unique contribution to knowledge etc. I'm not sure about costs and viva requirements but yes it is possible :)
That does seem rather tricky - have you checked with your graduate school what their guidance would be?
I attached a data/SPSS output CD (indexed by Chapter and Table/Figure) in the back of my thesis. I don't see the point of including the raw data in hard copy as most PhD's have stacks of raw data..
how about putting it into an Annex... or somewhere other than an Appendix... seems a silly rule though - what have other students done in the past?
I agree with the posts above, but please don't feel bad about taking an extension/suspension :)
best apply to do it now, ask for 6 months, so you have plenty of time to get things done. Not saying you can't get things done in 7 weeks, but if you need to factor in time to get feedback from your supervisor over the summer break it's not that long. I had a writing up year and an extension year (so 5 years total) - I was working whilst writing up so it took ages! why not go and speak to your supervisor, be honest about how you are feeling and trying and figure out a plan of action good luck :)
Hey, don't worry!
I did the same as you - the examiners didn't even mention it! Remember the thesis your present to your examiners is not the finished product - they are there to help you improve it. Yes, have a list - but don't mention it unless they do! My examiners were not interested at all in typos, formatting, spelling, referencing etc etc.. they wanted to discuss why the research was important and it's implications and how I could strengthen the chapters to get it published. I got minor corrections (adding in more discussion points mainly) - none of these were typos - though I found many myself! When I did my corrections, I did all of their requests + corrected any further typos I found along the way. Good luck!
I managed to get research assistant work without a MSc qualification (I did one after though). I know students who have gone straight from BSc to PhD so a MSc is not essential though helpful if your BSc isn't a great mark. Many students do the pgdip during their first year of PhD anyway, and so if you already have this then it can only be a good thing. As Danielle says, it is worth looking at different universities, as they all have slightly different requirements and some are easier to get into or get jobs at than others. Good luck!
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