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The Nordic PhD

Surviving and Succeeding

Edited By Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy and Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding is an edited book written for prospective and current doctoral students by a mix of doctoral students and those who have recently completed their doctorates. The premise is simple: if you could go back in time and talk with yourself when you began your studies, what advice would you give? Isn’t hindsight a bonus? If only I knew then what I know now!

The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding follows editions focused on study in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the U.K., U.S., and South Africa. What sets The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding apart from many others on the market is its down-to-earth and practical approach. Furthermore, its originality also lies in the fact that it is grounded in the context of doctoral studies in the Nordic countries.

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Foreword: Enjoy the Journey (Lene Tanggaard / Charlotte Wegener)


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Enjoy the Journey


This book covers a range of questions and issues related to taking on, surviving and finishing a PhD. Taking a specifically Nordic view of doctoral studies, it addresses a range of questions students in the Nordic countries have asked themselves and others on the journey towards a finished thesis. What is specifically Nordic about a Nordic PhD? What does it mean to survive and succeed, and how can one stay the course and make it as a doctoral researcher in a Nordic country? The collection of texts in this book offers a variety of answers and leaves the reader with a nuanced image of the Nordic collaborative mentality and research practice. It embraces an abundance of perspectives on the doctoral journey, some of which have a particularly ‘Nordic’ take, while others are of a more general character. They will help you understand and navigate the often-complex process of getting started, working on and finishing a PhD. In a sense, the authors write with the intention of making the process easier and more transparent for other students by sharing their own stories, their hopes, dreams, sorrows and difficulties as they were encountered and managed as part of their own PhD endeavours.

You may think that a book on the Nordic PhD addresses a narrow audience up North. This is far from the case. The book...

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