Do you want to thrive in your doctoral research? Do you want to do more than just survive? If so this is the book for you. Focused on empowering the doctoral researcher, it is packed with advice on how to make the best of opportunities and enjoy your research experience while dealing with challenges. Whether you need to find sources of constructive feedback, are facing an unexpected disturbance to your project, or have ambitions beyond your academic goals, this book provides practical, flexible tips for conducting effective research and engaging with the complex world of academia, including how to: • Maintain momentum through each stage of the research process • Make the most of available resources, training, and support • Explore new technologies, networks, and dissemination strategies • Maximize the value of assessment • Use this project as a springboard into further research and career opportunities Acknowledging that every doctoral experience is unique, this book goes beyond a script for success and instead offers a full studio of flexible, creative tools and adaptable action points that equip you to compose your own distinctive story of research success.

What is the Point of a Doctorate in the 21st Century?

In this chapter, we will consider how to:

  • Understand the legacy of the doctorate
  • Recognise what a doctorate means in the 21st century
  • Grasp the implications of the contemporary doctorate for newer researchers
  • Tailor your doctorate to meet specific needs, making the best of available opportunities

In this chapter, we hope that we can clarify both what a doctorate is, what its value can be in the near future and what attributes a doctoral researcher tends to develop rather quickly.

We will begin by outlining the recent history of the doctorate because that history will have some influence on your experience as a doctoral researcher whether you are new to the higher education system in which you are registered ...

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