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Thread: Who can help me and my friends to apply PHD project?

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31-May-19, 10:51
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Oh my goodness.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 15:35
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Family not understanding PhD... the worst for me was when I have loads and loads of work left to do and not much time left, and they were like "don't worry, it'll go really quickly!"

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 15:02
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Dr_Crabby I had exactly the same issue with my supervisor, and you cannot only blame everything on yourself. All our research topics are too specific and there is no one else knowing what decision to make than our supervisor. Sometimes we had no choice but believe our supervisors blindly.


I don't think I've ever believed mine blindly so as to speak. If they're suggesting something and I can't see the rationale for it, then I don't do it (unless it's so petty that it is easier to just go ahead and do it rather than cause a fuss). But maybe that's just me (and quite possibly pm133!).

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 14:58
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I'm not so worried about defending it in the viva, I've made some errors, this is why and this is what I've done to fix them. My concern is that they will see that as more than major amendments and want the whole thing rewritten, not just because the stats are potentially wrong but because the rest of the qualitative chapters highlight the original stats e.g. "although the hypothesis have not been supported, the qual findings suggest that xyz".

I'm not entirely sure what counts as major corrections and where the cut off is for that, or does this depend entirely on your examiners?

I just can't get out of my own head right now and I'm already not sleeping worrying about it so by the time the viva actually comes around I'll be half dead lol.


I think you just have to wait and see then. It's tough, but you just don't know the outcome until you get there.

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 14:37
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OK, well - for the parametic issue - you could argue that the data do not follow a normal distribution (this is rather subjective anyway) or show that there were some outliers, and so you decided to use non parametric tests. The thing is - it shouldn't change the result too much. Yes, non parametric are less powerful, so you might not get the significant result - but the actual pattern of the results (e.g., x was higher for females) should be the same. So it is not as though you have done something so terrible if you conclude a little less strongly than you might had you got the significant results. Actually, it is better than the other way around. For the chi square thing, as far as I know, yes, you would use chi square for categorical variables.

If two sets of academics (i.e., your supervisor and the ones in the mock viva) are in disagreement about how you have done it, then it is possibly one of those slightly fluffy things that could be done either way. I'd take the rewritten chapter to the viva (or be ready to say you're aware of it and have made the changes) but only mention if if they actually raise it. They may be of the same opinion as your supervisor (and for that reason I wouldn't send the rewritten ch to my supervisor at this stage either - you may not end up needing to redo anything).

Thread: Is this a fail?!!

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30-May-19, 12:39
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Hi DrCrabby, Just to take a step back - have you fully considered the approach the examiners from the mock viva were suggesting you do, and whether indeed this is "correct" and the others "incorrect"? Is it this black and white? Knowing why you did the tests you did is the most important thing here. Maybe the ones your supervisor had you do are OK actually? Maybe the results are the same anyway (e.g., the mean was higher for x group) - but it makes them significant if you use the other approach? Or - does it change your whole interpretation of the results? I'd be wanting to get down into the detail of what the differences are in the results and interpretation of the results depending on the approach I use.

I think the following:
- if you can say why you did the stats the way you did (i.e., other researchers have done it, x assumptions were met, etc), you will be in a much better position, even if they do have you re do them because they think it wasn't the best approach
- if appropriate (I don't know specifics) this could make for an interesting discussion in your viva - stats are not the black and white thing people think they are - papers are often published saying people have been doing x test when actually y is more appropriate and would yield different results... you could also bring in the whole p value thing - and how there is great debate about how much weight is placed on that
- if you DO get major revisions one way of looking at it is that often the big difference here is the time they are allowing you to re do stuff - if they think re doing all the stats will take a lot of time when you might already have other commitments, then giving you major revisions is doing you a favour as you have more time to complete them (I remember a similar thing being raised before on this forum)

In sum, try stay calm and know your stuff.

Thread: I need PhD advice

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28-May-19, 15:30
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I think you just need to have a search really, and look into what departments and labs are out there!

Just as an aside, since you don't have a specific place of study in mind yet, have you considered looking beyond London? It's just that the cost of living is insane in London (as you no doubt already know), and you might be a lot better of financially if you moved up North for example to study at a uni up there. That's not really your query, but just thought I'd mention it!!

Thread: Some mistakes I found after submission :( thesis

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28-May-19, 13:04
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These would be minors. Just note them all down in a list so that if the examiners mention them, you will be able to say something like yes, I am aware of that and will get it fixed. My friend found 37 errors in hers. I don't know how many errors I will notice in mine, as I haven't dared look at it since submitting!

Good luck with everything!

Thread: Blurred Boundaries with supervisor

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26-May-19, 14:20
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Hi Ilse, I did read this a few days ago but didn't post a reply because I wasn't quite clear on what the issue is (it seems there may be multiple issues?). Also, I wasn't sure if it was a reflection / rant, or if you were looking for advice in your situation. It sounds like your supervisor is verbally abusing you and what he is saying is inappropriate. This will of course have an effect on your self esteem, confidence, mental health likely too - not to mention your work. In any other context (other than academia) I'd say go straight to HR. Are you able to work with someone else instead?

Thread: Who can help me and my friends to apply PHD project?

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26-May-19, 14:15
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Ideally, your friend / client should make their own application and not pay for / have someone else do it!

Thread: PhD fieldwork in a security red zone

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23-May-19, 09:49
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I think I recall one of my qualitative research lecturers talking about their research with children in refugee camps that had been set up in or near war zones. Hope you've managed to find more out.

Thread: Advice for master research topic

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22-May-19, 19:54
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Hi Zhan,

Maybe you could seek advice from someone in your field? Any approachable lecturers in your current department? Nothing you've said is leaping out at me as not serious enough or problematic. But I am not in your field of study, so I really cannot offer a great perspective! Talking to someone who is more informed in your field / area of research could help you get some validation for your ideas and give you some direction in narrowing them down.

Hope this can help!

Tudor

Thread: Changing PhD, advice needed desperately.

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22-May-19, 15:23
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Thanks so much Jamie! And I really hope so re corrections :-)

Don’t blame you for not wanting to spend half of the day commuting! Your current set up sounds good! Continue to enjoy!

Very best wishes
Tudor

Ps. The tennis sounds amazing! This has made me want to start playing again! Vintage tournaments sound very fun (but I think I'd be laughing to much to actually play)!

Thread: A perspective on passing the viva

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22-May-19, 15:11
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[email protected] eating up time! Actually pm133, perhaps I had better take your advice here, as I am notoriously extremely short/straight to the point in my verbal responses, so if I consciously tell myself to be minimal, we may get down to one word answers!

Thread: Just discovered work that I thought was original has already been done before

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21-May-19, 17:04
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Don't worry. In all likelihood, yours is different somehow (and thus has some originality). Read the paper carefully, see how yours differs, and maybe have a go at coming up with some ideas about how you will take the project forward - perhaps in a slightly different direction than first envisaged. Your supervisor should be able to help with this too (it could be discussed in your progression review). To be honest, this kind of thing happens. I think the main thing is to see how yours differs (did you get the same results? use the same methodology? same measures etc?) and to make the plan going forward...
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