Resources for PhD candidates

Resources I found useful when completing my PhD. Areas covered include help with all types of writing. planning, self-care and time management,

Here are some of the resources I used during my PhD and for the defence of my PhD thesis.

My experience of my Viva Voce: Robin Hadley – Viva Voce preparation and experience


Dunleavy, P. (2003). Authoring a PhD. How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke

Gilbert, N. (Ed.). (2006).  From Postgraduate to Social Scientist: A Guide to Key Skills. SAGE: London.

Murray, R. (2002). How to write a Thesis. Open University Press: Maidenhead

Murray, R. (2009). How to Survive Your Viva. Defending a thesis in an oral examination (Second ed.). Open University Press: Maidenhead

Phillips, E. M. & Pugh, D. S. (1987). How To Get a PhD (Fifth ed.). Open University Press: Maidenhead

Lee, N-J. (2008). Achieving your professional doctorate: a handbook. Open University Press: Maidenhead


Patter: blogs by Professor Pat Thomson, Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, on academic writing, public engagement, research education, funding, and related topics. Very useful on how to write for academia.

The Thesis Whisperer:  blogs by Associate Professor Inger Mewburn, Director of Researcher Development at the Australian National University, on undertaking and completing a PhD dissertation/thesis.

ThinkWell: offers a wide selection of strategies and support material to help people during their PhD, post-doc or research career.

Vitae: supports the professional development of researchers by enhancing the skills of researcher.  Their ‘Doing research‘ page provides advice, material and support for all levels of doctoral research.

My experience of my Viva Voce: Robin Hadley – Viva Voce preparation and experience

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