By Pat Cryer

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They were doing a PhD because it made them happy. These are people who are not pretending when they say they are fascinated by [what they are doing]. Their eyes light up when the librarian brings them a big, heavy pile of dusty books . . [In] the chemistry lab, things are, essentially, no different . . They talk about the ‘buzz of discovery’ and ‘loving what they do’. (Taaffe 1998: vi) If your sole aim is to get a postgraduate qualification as easily and quickly as possible, you would probably be storing up trouble for yourself by going ahead.

Style required]. Sloppy writing. (Wong 1997) Research design, methods and techniques are highly discipline-specific and are outside the scope of this book. An excellent general introduction for short research projects is Bell (2005). Putting boundaries on the research proposal Additional or alternative research methods or avenues to explore may keep emerging from reading or from the advice of individuals and committees. So students may want – or feel they ought – to include all these in the proposal and the eventual research.

If you can learn on a regular course, all the better, but there are cheap and effective alternatives which can be used in one’s own time. The best is probably one of the self-instructional tutorials, which may be bought on CD-Rom from various sales outlets and which run on personal computers. • If you are not already adept with email and web searching, these should be your next priorities. You can expect your fellow students to be skilled in them already, so although some training will probably be provided by the institution, it will be worth getting up to speed in advance.

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