Career Guidance - How to write your Ph.D., Thesis
Writing a doctoral thesis—the culmination of years of research work—can be a daunting endeavor. But learning from those who have already tackled this task can help you make the process a little smoother. Science Careers asked recent graduates and current students to reflect on their experiences and what did—and didn’t—work for them. Here are some excerpts
The usual structure of a Ph.D., Thesis
Overall description of the materials and methods
Presentation of all the results
- Looking at older theses helps a lot. Grab a few best theses from the library. Ask your supervisor if he can give you the names of some of the best theses.
- Writing the thesis would take anywhere between 2 to 6 months
- Writing research papers which can be published as you progress with your research work is very helpful as it is possible to integrate this into your thesis later on.
- Worldwide the length of the thesis was found to be between 125 pages to about 250 pages.
- Networking with Alumni of the Research Center is a great help.
- Don't over depend on your guide or supervisor. Try to do things as independently as possible. But be sure to discuss everything when time permits.
- Scheduling time to write the thesis is important. Be sure that it would require you to cut down on other engagements, if you have any.
- Don't try to be a perfectionist and polish things too much. Do as much as necessary, not more, not less. Balance is critical.
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