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Mastering Your PhD

Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 1-10
  3. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 11-15
  4. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 17-26
  5. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 27-34
  6. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 35-44
  7. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 45-51
  8. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 53-60
  9. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 61-66
  10. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 67-83
  11. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 85-90
  12. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 91-103
  13. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 105-118
  14. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 119-124
  15. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 125-135
  16. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 137-147
  17. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 149-153
  18. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 155-163
  19. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 165-176
  20. Patricia Gosling, Bart Noordam
    Pages 177-188

About this book

Introduction

"Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond" helps guide PhD students through their graduate student years. Filled with practical advice on getting started, communicating with your supervisor, staying the course, and planning for the future, this book is a handy guide for graduate students who need that extra bit of help getting started and making it through. While mainly directed at PhD students in the sciences, the book's scope is broad enough to encompass the obstacles and hurdles that almost all PhD students face during their doctoral training. Who should read this book? Students of the physical and life sciences, computer science, math, and medicine who are thinking about entering a PhD programme; doctoral students at the beginning of their research; and any graduate student who is feeling frustrated and stuck. It's never too early -- or too late! This second edition contains a variety of new material, including additional chapters on how to communicate better with your supervisor, dealing with difficult people, how to find a mentor, and new chapters on your next career step, once you have your coveted doctoral degree in hand.

Keywords

Graduate school Graduate student guide Organizing PhD work PhD guide PhD student Planning a PhD thesis Social networking

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European Neuromuscular CentreBaarnNetherlands
  2. 2.Physics (AMOLF)FOM Institute for Atomic & MolecularAmsterdamNetherlands

About the authors

Dr. Patricia Gosling has worked in several science-related fields since earning her PhD in Organic Chemistry, including medical publishing and medical communications. She currently works in the Scientific Affairs department of a leading biotechnology company. Prof. Dr. Bart Noordam is Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. As Professor of Physics he supervised several PhD students. He has also worked for McKinsey & Compnany, a Regional Audit Organization, and in the semiconductor industry.

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Reviews

Some book reviews on 1st edition: "A must for any student in natural sciences that is doing or is considering doing a PhD. Also, I strongly recommend PhD supervisors to read this book -- they will learn a lot." Henrik Stapelfeldt, Professor of Chemistry, Arhus Denmark "At last, a book about graduate study that paints the big picture and that recognizes PhD work as a real job involving many of the same relationship and business issues that will be important to students throughout their careers. Outstanding!" Lou Bloomfield, Professor of Physics, University of Virginia, USA "Mastering Your PhD is a wonderful book and a pleasure to read. It helps PhD students prepare for the road ahead and provides a wealth of handy tips!" Aletta Wubben, Trainer and coach for scientists, The Netherlands