Mastering Your PhD

Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond

Authors: Gosling, Patricia, Noordam, Lambertus D.

  • Packed with highly-valuable insights for doing or considering a PhD, especially in natural sciences
  • This second edition features new chapters on choosing the right team, interpersonal relations, group dynamics, and a hospitable work environment
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About this book

"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.

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.

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

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Choosing a Research Group: Pluses and Pitfalls

    Gosling, Patricia (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Getting Started

    Gosling, Patricia (et al.)

    Pages 11-15

  • Setting Goals and Objectives

    Gosling, Patricia (et al.)

    Pages 17-26

  • How to Think Like a Scientist

    Gosling, Patricia (et al.)

    Pages 27-34

  • Designing Good Experiments

    Gosling, Patricia (et al.)

    Pages 35-44

Buy this book

eBook $19.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-15847-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $29.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-15846-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mastering Your PhD
Book Subtitle
Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-15847-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-15847-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-15846-9
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XII, 240
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