Authoring a PhD and Developing as a Researcher: The Endgame
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Dr Sarabajaya Kumar, with Professor Patrick Dunleavy and other colleagues.
This course is intended for students who are within a year to six months of completing their doctorate. The thematic workshops are suitable for colleagues across all disciplines in the School.
Booking is essential for each individual workshop that you wish to attend, and should be done online via lse.ac.uk/lse/training
Content and teaching
The workshops offered are:
Writing for the media - a five-week evening course aimed at teaching you how to pitch your research to the mainstream print media.
Communicating about your research - a practical introduction to the ways in which social science research can be communicated within and beyond the academic community.
How to succeed in academic interviews - hints and guidance on preparing for and performing successfully at interviews for academic jobs.
Research Division briefing - information and advice from LSE's Research Division about research grants and other funding sources you can apply for.
Writing journal articles - guidance on how to turn chapters of your thesis into articles and submit them successfully to journals.
Applying for academic jobs - practical advice from the LSE Careers PhD specialist on applying for academic jobs.
Preparing for and handling your viva - covers long-run and short-run things to do in preparation for the final oral examination, with advice from both recent PhD graduates and academics who have acted as PhD examiners.
Perfecting the one-page pitch, focusing on print and radio - advice from a radio producer and a news editor about how to present your research in concise, accessible and media-friendly ways
Getting published 1, 2 and 3 - expert 'how to' guidance on developing a publishing strategy, getting a journal article published and making a successful pitch for a book proposal.
Patrick Dunleavy, Authoring a PhD: How to plan, draft, write and finish your doctoral thesis or dissertation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), chapters 8 and 9. To get maximum value from the workshops, participants should read relevant chapters before attending the session. There are multiple copies in the Library's Course Collection. Also Rowena Murray, How to Survive your Viva (Open University Press, 2003).
This course is non-examinable.