The academic world is quite conservative and some Ph D students have encountered difficulties in the examination process.
In this post, Chris Keyworth shares his experience of Health Psychology, University of Manchester, UK.
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Since Chris is from the UK, this account is of his ‘Viva’ or oral examination, but I think the lessons translate to can help in the writing of such a thesis, so I want to thank him for sharing these observations.Be prepared to why you chose alternative thesis format, but how this has helped you develop as an early career researcher (editor’s note: if you are submitting without a viva, it’s worth including this information in the introduction) .There are many advantages of this type of thesis and Not only is this an efficient way of writing your thesis as well as preparing and submitting scientific research papers, but it allows you to refine your writing skills throughout your Ph D, a key skill for early career researchers. This is really easy, but a very effective way of helping your examiners follow your thesis.For me it was a case of wanting to publish widely to reach a more diverse audience.If your research is applied (I was a psychologist conducting applied research in a dermatology setting) you need to explain the benefits of publishing where you plan to.decades people have been experimenting with different types of Ph D programs.The Ph D by publication has become popular, especially in the sciences, but how do examiners react them?As a side-note remember to obtain copyright permission for any published articles or articles in press.Similarly written copyright needs to be obtained from any co-authors of papers not yet submitted to This certainly helped me when talking about published papers during the viva.I spoke about the novel aspects of my studies and why these would be appealing to potential journals (Editor’s note: this was a good way for Christopher to show off the professional skills in academic publishing he gained from doing his Ph D this way) .The word we are all too familiar with when it comes to research: transparency.