I did a traditional thesis. But I have since coached/helped many PhD students do both thesis by publication and traditional. My advice - Do it! For most (Australian) universities this is so much better. But there are some things to note (good and bad):
This question really doesn't have a straight answer. PhDs are not easy. They are not intended or designed to be easy. But there are probably things you can do to make the whole process easier.
There's a difference between, "it is hard", and "it is killing me". So much of what people tell you when you sign up to do a PhD - from within and without academia - is that "you'll hate it". Or "you won't enjoy it". Or "PhDs are meant to suck".
I’ve long held the belief that a PhD is the longest continuous single project one person will work on in their life. When combined with your undergraduate degree it is longer than primary school, or high school – with no term breaks. And few an (unlucky) few of you, your PhD will be/is longer […]
I’m in my forth decade of life. Beyond the impact of COVID, things that were easy in my 20s and 30s are now getting difficult.
From a mental health perspective, the last 5 years have been some of the worst of my life. I’ve tried lots of things to make improvements, including diet, exercise, counselling, therapy, and medication.
Increasingly, PhDs are planned, and project managed. Certainly in Australia anyway. So, what is the ideal PhD plan? I’m not entirely sure, but here is my stab at it.
The last few blogs have focused on measuring your success, and then reporting your success. Here, I’m looking at some measures and why you might want to focus on them.
Previously I wrote about measuring your success. And the next obvious step after measuring is to report (or at the very least note down or record). Hopefully, you have spent a little bit of time – not heaps, but not none – investigating what success means to you, and how you can measure it.
There are lots of ways to measure academic success: Publications Presentations Supervision Grants Patents