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Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation

Handbook / Manual

By: Patrick Dunleavy (Author)

297 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Apr 2003 | #136043 | ISBN: 1403905843
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Hardback | Apr 2003 | #136042 | ISBN: 1403911916
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About this book

Involves the development of creative ideas, working out how to organize them, writing up from your plans, upgrading your text, and finishing it speedily and to a good standard. It also includes being examined and getting your work published. Authoring a PhD provides a huge range of ideas and suggestions to help you cope with both the intellectual issues involved and the practical difficulties of organizing your work effectively. It is a useful and time-saving aid for doctoral students and their supervisors, and should also interest anyone writing creative non-fiction.

"Authoring a PhD is superb. It is so in three ways: tone; nature of the advice offered; the fact that the book itself is an exemplary illustration of the principles it recommends. After reading it, it is hard to see how many PhD students ever managed to write an acceptable thesis without reading it. I know of no other work offering advice of such substance."
- John Peck, Cardiff University

"Pleasantly written, containing a lot of helpful suggestions, sound advice, and illuminating insights into the process of writing a thesis. I like the fact that the book has one clear, and original focus: It looks at the writing of a PhD as a process of authoring. This makes it useful not only for PhD students but also for more advanced scholars who are writing a book."
- Giseline Kulpers, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

"[...] elegantly written and contains crisp and incisive insights. I will recommend this book widely to students because it will help them significantly with the successful completion of their PhD thesis [...] I have gained some good ideas from reading the text."
- Wyn Grant, Warwick University


- Preface
- Becoming an Author
- Envisioning the Thesis as a Whole
- Planning an Integrated Thesis: The Macro-Structure
- Organizing a Chapter or Paper: The Micro-Structure
- Writing Clearly: Style and Referencing Issues
- Developing your Text and Managing the Writing Process
- Handling Attention Points: Data, Charts and Graphics
- The End- Game: Finishing Your Doctorate
- Publishing Your Research
- Afterword
- Glossary
- Further Reading
- References
- Index

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Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a member of the Academy of the Social Sciences, London. He has authored numerous books and academic articles in political science and is currently general editor of the journal Political Studies. This book draws on his experience in supervising more than 30 doctoral students over two decades, and in teaching a large inter-disciplinary course on 'Drafting and Writing a PhD' at the LSE over twelve years. In the field of study skills Patrick Dunleavy has also published Studying for A Degree (Macmillan, 1986).

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