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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.

Christopher McMaster (PhD) has been lead editor on all editions of the ‘Survive and Succeed’ series. He completed a PhD in education from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. His thesis was based on a critical ethnography of developing inclusive culture in an Aotearoa New Zealand high school. He has taught at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels in the USA, UK and New Zealand. Christopher was most recently an Assistant Professor of Education at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, USA. He now lives in New Zealand, developing a model of alternative education within a mainstream high school, and can be contacted at

Caterina Murphy (PhD) has been the editing partner across the global ‘Survive and Succeed’ series of books. She has a Master of Education (Hons) from Massey University and a PhD (Indigenous Studies) from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. Mentoring and lifting the aspirations of others is her passion. Her professional and research interests include career counselling, early years’ education, teaching practice, mentoring, qualitative research, gifted education and oral history methodology. She is currently the Head of Enhanced Learning at Edgecumbe College. This is her eighth edited book and she can be contacted at

Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson (PhD) is a Danish engineer in physics and nanotechnology, and obtained his PhD in nanophotonics (2015) from the Technical University of Denmark. In 2016, he joined the company TICRA in Copenhagen in a position as research engineer, where he currently focuses on consulting and R&D on antennas for satellites and space missions. Jakob is a co-editor on this Nordic edition in the ‘Survive and Succeed’ series.