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Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Be your own supervisor

Relation between a research student and his/her supervisor depends on several factors such as the nature of the discipline, the nature of the student’s research, personal characteristics and etc. How to get a PhDIt could be quite complicated especially for those who come from a different culture or a different educational system. LIS departments in UK usually constitute some research groups or teams. If your research falls within research domain of a group, you can work as a member of the team and achieve lots of experience. If not, you are on your own, particularly if your supervisor has just a broad interest in your research topic and is not so expert in or keen on your topic. The main point that a research student should always bear in his/her mind is that the research is his/her own project and s/he is its director. The main role that a supervisor is supposed to play is to make sure that student’s research comply with the criteria of a high quality academic research. That’s it. So try to be your own supervisor. To survive as a research student in the British academia (or similar environments), read the book “How to get a PhD” by Estelle M. Phillips from Open University Press.


  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Yazdan said…

    I have already read this book and I found it very interesting and useful. The book is amazingly helpful for PhD students in Britain, because the contents are based on real experiences and I can say that what has been mentioned in the book is a reality for the academic environment in the UK. I am just wondering how useful it could be for doctoral students in the other countries.

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger rr said…

    I was informed that the old edition of the book has been translated into Farsi by Hosein Gharibi and Masoomeh Alavi and published by Sherkate Namaye in 1375 under the title
    "را هنماي دريافت مدارك كارشناسي ارشد و دكترا"
    As far as I am concerned, the content has nothing to do with Iranian educational system and cannot be useful for that system too much. Even worse, some parts of it could be confusing for Iranian students (of course if they are not omitted from the book). Has anybody had a look at Farsi translation?


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