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Postgraduate Study in Australia

Surviving and Succeeding

Edited By Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy, Benjamin Whitburn and Inger Mewburn

Each contributor to this book was given the remit: "If you could go back in time to talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give?" Hindsight is such a bonus, especially, when vying for your doctorate or postgraduate degree. Postgraduate Study in Australia: Surviving and Succeeding addresses this with advice from postgraduate students and recent graduates that will assure that you are not alone in your endeavors.

This project follows similar editions that focus on Aotearoa/New Zealand, South Africa,
the United States, and the United Kingdom, and is currently being replicated in Scandinavia. This down-to-earth anthology shares personal stories from postgraduate students and recent graduates, employing a practical approach and focusing on the context of postgraduate studies in Australia. This first-person approach to research about postgraduate study helps curate the current understanding, with critical reflections adding to our collective knowledge. Both prospective and current postgraduate students will find this collection insightful.

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Preface and Acknowledgments


The Survive and Succeed series of postgraduate books began in Aotearoa New Zealand as a desire to offer meaningful advice to other students, not from established scholars, but from those who were still postgraduates or those who had recently graduated. The question posed to chapter contributors was, “If you could go back in time to when you started your studies, what advice would you give your younger self?” From this, Postgraduate Study in Aoteaoroa New Zealand: Surviving and Succeeding was created (McMaster & Murphy, 2014).

After that initial edition we looked overseas. Australia was our first and natural choice for a second book in the series. Teaming up with Ben Whitburn, a recent Doctoral graduate and now a lecturer of Inclusive Education at Deakin University, and Inger Mewburn (a.k.a. The Thesis Whisperer) of the Australian National University at Canberra, we put out a call for abstracts to Australian postgraduates and recent graduates. The response to that call was staggering. Not only were we inundated with abstracts for potential chapters, we also received requests from postgraduate students in other countries: South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Scandinavia. All those requests asked the same thing: can we have a Survive and Succeed edition too? Our answer was, of course, yes, and most of those books are already published.

This Australian edition is an outstanding volume. Postgraduate Study in Australia: Surviving and Succeeding is about empowerment. It is about postgraduates...

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