Authoring a PhD

How to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation

  • Patrick┬áDunleavy

Part of the Palgrave Study Skills book series (MASTSK)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Patrick Dunleavy
    Pages 1-17
  3. Patrick Dunleavy
    Pages 18-42
  4. Patrick Dunleavy
    Pages 103-133
  5. Patrick Dunleavy
    Pages 197-226
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    Pages 227-263
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 264-297

About this book


This engaging and highly regarded book takes readers through the key stages of their PhD research journey, from the initial ideas through to successful completion and publication. It gives helpful guidance on forming research questions, organising ideas, pulling together a final draft, handling the viva and getting published. Each chapter contains a wealth of practical suggestions and tips for readers to try out and adapt to their own research needs and disciplinary style.

This text will be essential reading for PhD students and their supervisors in Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Business, Law, Health and related disciplines.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick┬áDunleavy
    • 1
  1. 1.London School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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