14 essential PhD questions answered

Welcome to the Times Higher Education PhD surgery with Tara Brabazon, professor of education at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

August 13, 2013

Source: Katie Edwards


An expert on doctoral education, Professor Brabazon’s articles for THE, including 10 truths a PhD supervisor will never tell you and How not to write a PhD thesis have been read hundreds of thousands of times, so we asked her to expand on the issues in a series of videos.

The questions that she answers in the short videos that follow were sourced from PhD candidates via the @timeshighered twitter feed. We hope you find them useful.



PhD Surgery: an introduction…


How do I choose a topic that will sustain my interest?

Are we asked questions about specific sources in our bibliography?


How do I prepare for a PhD oral examination (viva)?


How do I select a good PhD supervisor?


How long should supervisors take to respond to emails?


What are the specific challenges of a part time PhD?


What are your thoughts on a PhD by prior publication?


What do you think about online supervision of PhDs?


What is “light touch” supervision?


What is the difference between a master’s and a PhD?


What one question should I ask before commencing a PhD?


What skills do I require to commence a PhD?


Who will read my PhD?


Why are professional doctorates on the decline?

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Great Tips & Great Advice! Superb!

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