Managing the PhD Process (including Managing Literature Review)

 

The process of obtaining a doctoral degree can be a difficult, long and lonely journey. It requires persistence and a plan to deal with resources, time and people. Having these skills will make your journey to a PhD less stressful and will guarantee that you will finish your thesis in good time.

The course is designed as a practical guide; it is conducted in a seminar style, with emphasis on experiential and peer learning. The course incorporates exercises and assignments that encourage students to individually reflect on and put into immediate practice what they learn.

Outline:

  • The nature of the PhD process
  • Institutional environment and your obligations
  • Managing your time
  • Managing your supervisors
  • Managing your thesis writing
  • Managing life during the PhD (school-life balance; managing your studies as a female or part-time student; dealing with stress, frustration, etc.)
  • Guide to grants, conferences and publishing in graduate school
  • Managing your literature review (including using bibliographic managers e.g. Endnote, Mendeley)

 

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Eligibility: 
Year 1 and 2 PhD Students