Deciphering the PhD process

We all know that PhD stands for doctor of philosophy; however, there can be another interpretation of the term PhD. It is a journey that starts with proposal (P), followed by lots of hard work (h) and ends with your final dissertation (D). Moving from proposal to dissertation is a process that can take a few months or a few years. Here is a sneak peek at the three stages of this process:

  • Proposal: you must start with writing a synopsis or a proposal that will act as a framework for your project. The proposal will include a research design that presents details about the methods to be used for gathering and analyzing data, as well as the basic methodology adopted for study. The literature review also forms a crucial part of proposal.
  • Hard work (the real research stage): everything that you do after getting approval for research will constitute the hard work that will eventually pay off in the form of a competed research project. You can undertake observation, experiments, surveys, and any other form of investigation that is needed for your research. You will also need to go through a number of literature sources. Analysis of information is an important step of this stage. Whether you are conducting a qualitative research or quantitative, some data analysis or content analysis will have to be done.
  • Dissertation: finally, after you have got all the information in place, you will do the documentation of the study. The dissertation consists of six chapters, namely introduction, literature review, research methodology/design, data analysis, results and discussion and conclusion. The guidelines of appropriate editing style, as well as academic writing rules need to be followed for the dissertation.

These three stages will take you to the coveted PhD degree. Follow this space for details about each of these stages.

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