Alternative Format PhD Thesis

Authoring an Alternative Thesis Format PhD at The University of Manchester by Dr Fiona Saunders, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

JOurnal FORMAT PHD THESIS

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

Dr Fiona Saunders
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
The University of Manchester

WHAT IS JOURNAL FORMAT THESIS?

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  • A PhD thesis containing a number of chapters that are in a format suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
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  • Papers do not have to be already published or even submitted
  • Thesis must still represent an original contribution to knowledge
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Is the Journal Format Thesis right for me?

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ADVANTAGES OF JOURNAL FORMAT

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  • Encourages you to write as you go
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  • Encourages early publication and so enhances your research profile
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  • External peer review of submitted papers develops/strengthens your thinking
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  • Doubles your outputs - PhD thesis AND published papers
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DISADVANTAGES OF THE JOURNAL FORMAT

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  • Don't underestimate the time required to draft journal papers AND improve, revise, submit and revise them again
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  • Requires excellent time management skills
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  • Can be hard to maintain a coherent overarching argument through several distinct journal papers
  • Can also make thesis a bit repetitive
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  • Consequently PhD examiners can have mixed feelings about the Journal Format
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An journal format PhD is not for everyone
but
if you are considering an Academic career then it may be right for you

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What do I do next if considering a Journal Format PhD Thesis?

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  • Talk it though with your supervisor
  • Plan time early on to start writing first conference/journal papers
  • Obtain approval for journal format submission from PGR Director (preferably by end of year 2)
  • Good Luck!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

  • Beverley Knight in GB/B15
  • Dr Ben Rogers, PGR Director
  • Read Journal Format Frequently asked questions available at http://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/services/rbess/graduate/code/submissionandexamination/
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My contact details

  • Dr Fiona Saunders
  • fiona.saunders@manchester.ac.uk
  • www. http://fionasaunders.co.uk/category/tipsforstudents/phd/
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QUESTIONS

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