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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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Preface and Acknowledgments


The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding is the sixth edition in the global Survive and Succeed series, following editions from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the UK and the USA (2014, 2016, 2017). The book was originally envisioned as a Scandinavian edition in the series, but this was changed to a Nordic edition, as contributors come from both Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and other northern countries (Finland and Iceland). Throughout the book the terms Nordic and Scandinavia are used.

In August 2014, a call for abstracts for the Australian edition was posted by the Thesis Whisperer, an Australian blog for postgraduate students, and after reading this, Jakob, who at that point was doing a PhD in Denmark, contacted Chris and Caterina to learn more. Soon, the idea of a Nordic edition was conceived, and book development began.

Each contributor is a current PhD student or recent graduate. When invited to submit an abstract, they were asked: ‘What do you wish you had known when you started your own PhD project? What advice would you give yourself, if able to go back in time to when you started?’

Each chapter is practice focussed rather than theory focussed, and contains down-to-earth and ready-to-use advice on many aspects of PhD student life. While each chapter is written by a person with experience from a specific field—for example, the natural or technical sciences or the humanities—we have strived ← xiii | xiv...

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