Q. How does it feel like doing from a London University?
A. Studying in London can be quite an exciting experience with a holistic perspective. Unlike UAE, London offers a contrast climatic experience and many options for pursuing PhD. Doing PhD is a big decision in the life of a student and if London is your chosen option to pursue it, the first thing to do is shortlisting some of the universities and get access to complete information for the prospective university.
Q. Are there any options for research programmes offered in London Universities?
A. Yes, there are primarily two options for research studies in UK.
- For a traditional PhD course, you choose your own research topic and you work on it independently under the supervision of a senior academician.
- Another type of research degree is called Research Fellowship degree may be offered as a part of an existing project that the university is already working on. At some places, it is also termed as studentship and it basically means that you are working on a predetermined subject.
Q. As a citizen of Dubai, what are the prerequisites for studying PhD in UK?
A. To begin with , students are required to have completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized university. Some of the universities are more demanding and expect their scholars to have completed a Masters degree in order to apply for a PhD. The entry requirements may vary from university to university, however international students are required to meet the English language requirements that are set by the university. For IELTS, the minimum required score is between 6.0 to 7.0.
Q. How can I get PhD proposal help to get an instant approval for my targeted UK university?
A. With slight variation and subjectivity brought in by each university, the proposal expected by aspiring scholars should portray a clear understanding of the objectives of research and the designed methodology to be adopted to accomplish the objectives. A sound backing of the Literature Review should be done to achieve the same. The experts offering services for proposal designing are abreast with the requirement and expectation level of the universities. They also work in the pre-designed templates that are acceptable by the universities making the task of not just the creation of the proposal but also it’s formatting a smooth journey for the scholar.
Drafting the methodology chapter of your dissertation is surely a challenge. But if you hire a good and proficient statistician, you can easily overcome all the struggles. Let us discuss some of the qualities which your statistician needs to possess to ensure trouble-free workings on methodology chapter.
Your statistician is flexible and prepared to change abruptly, recognize and even anticipate change, it will be really helpful. When sizing up the demands of your dissertation, they need to timely ensure framing up on the work and make it as robust to change as possible.
Ability for sizing up the problems
The statistician need to be well qualified to size up and diagnose different issues, appreciate their broader implications and context and assess their importance. When writing the methodology chapter and organizing the stats, the statistician may discover that various issues are not articulate or well-defined. The statistician needs to instantly gather an understanding of the underlying issue and assist you in preparing the methodology chapter and stats in their best possible capability.
Good communications and related skills
There are times when even you, as their customers, may have limited understanding or little idea of the potential contributions of your statistician and their prepared stats. In such situations, your statistician needs to explain you about the value of statistics for your methodology chapter and ways to efficiently develop it. With the use of easy language, avoiding the use of jargons, they need to inform you about vital ideas, recommendations and stats that can give your methodology chapter a special edge. Additionally, your statistician needs to be a good listener so that they can viably listen to your ideas and suggestions and the way you want the stats to be prepared. Moreover, the ability to network with colleagues from different backgrounds and training is also crucial.
The statistician needs to keep a realistic attitude towards your dissertation and focus not only on the current findings and also the long-term goals and implications of your dissertation. Even though your statistician can try out new stats methods which they have learned in the institute or developed themselves, but they need to keep it to a degree till it is helpful for solving the issues and preparing stats effectively and relevantly. Furthermore, your statistician should have a passion for lifelong learning, needs to be confident and ability to manage time and cope up with stress!
Are you looking for an online editor for your thesis? Here are certain skills you must surely look out for:
Effectiveness and value for work: This is the most important consideration when you have to choose an editor for your work. The editor that you finalise should give you ethical work and not go beyond the mandate given to him. An editing service should limit itself to the task of editing and not jump into the periphery of a writer. Even if some of the editors online offer services related to writing, you must keep away from some temptations.
Monetary factors: The affordability factor can be sometimes very crucial in finalising the editor for the job of thesis editing. The amount associated can be sometimes very daunting and with the kind of variability that is available in the market, it can get all the more difficult to choose. The truth here is that editing is a time consuming activity, and involves precision and expertise in the work. Of course, people with high academic credentials would be associated in the task so the money involved would be substantive. If you find an option that is very cheap, you must surely doubt its quality standards.
Background of the editor: You must learn about your editor as there is a lot of subjectivity involved in the task. Few answers that should be necessarily sought are: a) is the chosen editor a specialist in academic editing? b) Does he enough understanding and experience of the referencing style? c) What is the educational qualifications of the editor? d) Is there any successful history of editing associated with the editor and his team?
Required Time span: If he editing of your thesis is something you have kept for the last minute, then checking the time frame that the editor is asking for is very important. There are some editors who are willing to do the work in express service with extra money charged. You must choose the one that goes well with the amount of time that you have with you.
There isn’t a shortage of editors online, but you got to do your own little research here to find the right option. Make sure you select someone who is not just ethical in his output but is capable enough to enhance the quality of your work.
Let us bring for you here a checklist of all the necessary components of the introduction section of a thesis.
- The motivation for the reader: in the introduction section itself you got to highlight the factors that would motivate the readers to go through the entire document. You would have already the set the base for this in the abstract by giving a glimpse of your results but in what way would it be useful for the academia or the field of study is a great motivator for the reader. Remember to keep it grounded and not blown out of proportion.
- Your work strategy and outcome: this is not to be done as a repetition of the abstract. You must incorporate here your inspiration for choosing the particular topic of study by referencing previous work. It will bring into limelight the key idea that led you do take up this study that came into nobody else’s notice and how that adds a USP to your study. The more novelty and uniqueness you present for your paper, the better it is.
- Outline of the organisation or the industry: It is important that your give a brief of the industry or an outline of the organisation if you have any specific in your study. Make sure you do it in a very logical manner where very smoothly there is a transition from one section to another.
- Prerequisites: You need to give clarity in the introduction stage about all technical notifications that you would be using in the thesis. It should specifically and clearly become the reference point for the reader where by anywhere in the document if he gets stuck with any terminology or technicality, he can come to one stop to get it sorted.
In the introduction section, the reader doesn’t become judgemental about your work as he knows that till this stage he hasn’t received any exposure to your contribution in the field but this stage should be utilised by the researcher/writer to establish a clear and fundamental base for the reader to be able to grasp all the research findings and analysis he got to be reading in the subsequent chapters. Try to clear all ambiguities in this section that you anticipate may arise for the reader at the later stages. Thus, it is a good idea to come back to the introduction section one more time in the end after completing all you’re writing to include whatever is needed for better clarity.
It is from one subject to another, that the style of writing research paper gets distinct. Having good and satisfactory content is of course the most important requisite because it isn’t possible that poor content can be camouflaged by good writing. That isn’t possible.
The way you write your research largely depends upon the type of journal that you are focussing on and who is your specific reader. Whenever you write something for a larger audience, there should be a general aim that you should be targeting. What you should seek to achieve from your writing is to be attractive to non-experts in your field of writing and the same time unique and special enough to be interesting as well as not offensive to the experts.
Title: The title of your writing should be such that it should reflect the unique nature of your document, in comparison to all the prior work that exists in your field. Again, keep the interest of the larger audience in mind that it should be logical for the non-experts and at the same time intriguing for the experts.
Abstract: Not many would tell you that there exists an inverse relationship between the length of your abstract and the significance of your document. Usually, when you have a short abstract the results are very powerful. Abstract should be concise but not miss the results that reflect from your research. A self-contained sufficient abstract is the best trait of a good abstract.
Keywords: With the internet and search engines being the only medium of search of research papers, keywords you identify for your paper are important because they would define that on search of which words would your paper show up in the results. So you must apply your mind thinking about search items that you want should lead your paper.
Introduction: With 80 per cent of readers not going past your abstract, from the remaining 20 per cent the majority do not go beyond the introduction unless it is something that is so impressive and intriguing that they cannot let it go. The intro must be beautifully written and generating curiosity at the same time.
The introduction again needs a lot of thought and effort before writing. You must have a checklist for your introduction and make sure all aspects are taken care of completely so that readers of all levels of expertise and intellect can connect with it. What is the checklist for your intro, we will bring it up in the next blog.
To be successful in the doctoral programme, focus is the most important thing. The focus should be on what? It should be on nothing else, but your thesis as eventually that is what is going to get you your degree and eventually your job. Everything else is just secondary.
In the beginning of the doctoral programme, one is encouraged to write papers, as many as possible. Even if you end up publishing more than a dozen papers by the end of the first few years of your dissertation, till the time you haven’t progressed with writing your thesis, you haven’t moved closer to completion. That is for sure. Your supervisor would encourage you to write as many papers, but you need to be aware of how the academia works and start working on writing your thesis simultaneously.
There is one more concern that may creep in, if you use all your energy in writing the papers, it is a possibility that you may have a burn out before actually you even start writing your thesis. You may actually want to combine all your research papers into a dissertation but that actually is not a possibility. You would have to write it fresh and that would surely need energy, and capacity to produce the document.
At one point, while writing my own dissertation, I was so stressed and burnt out that it became difficult to even write one line for a few months. All the paper publication effort that I had put in for all the years, surprisingly did not help much, and rather did harm by exhausting my capacity to write further. I don’t mean by saying this that one shouldn’t write papers. It is important but not the only or the most important thing required for a Ph.D. That is the thesis and you shouldn’t dilute or divert your focus from that. You must be cautious and learn from this mistake of other scholars, to not exhaust all your energy on tasks of second priority such as paper publications and teaching assignments, because if you also repeat the same, you would find yourself in an irreversible mess in your doctoral journey. Drained physically, emotionally, and even financially, when actually your dissertation would be still left to write.
Following this advice you would see your journey smoother and simpler because consistency is the key to success in Ph.D.
Are you struggling to concentrate on your research, and you need to find ways to keep up your motivation to keep working hard? Eating the right kind of food has an effect on your wellbeing, and does affect your energy levels, both physically as well as mentally. Remember, you read in science as a child, your memory skills, and ability to concentrate is determined on the speed at which your brain cells make new connections. There are some food items that work wonders in improvising your ability to concentrate, and stay motivated
Multigrain bread: Multigrain bread helps the brain to function in a balanced way as it is largely complex carbohydrates which are used by the brain to release gradual energy. So it is used by the brain for longer time span, thus increasing the capacity to concentrate, and perform better for longer duration. In addition it boosts up the cardio vascular health.
Strawberry and Blueberry: They are small powerhouse of energy and power. They contain special compounds that help to boost memory by increasing the ability of the brain to signal augment the cognitive function of the brain. Some studies also claim that it increases capacity to learn and motor skills.
Green Vegetables: There are many ways in which vegetables can be cooked and consumed. The seasonal variation keeps changing, and so can the way in which they are cooked. You feel stressed or hard pressed on time, you can even eat them raw. They are known to have a high content on anti-oxidants, fibre and Vitamin K. It surely is proven that it enhances the cognitive capacity of the brain.
Other than this, there are many fruits and vegetables that help in increasing the brain concentration. Many researchers are so engrossed in the thesis writing, and research work that what they eat is their last priority. Do not make that mistake. After all, we all are what we eat. If you want that the time you are spending on your research is worthy and is utilised to the best of your potential, this is another area you need to focus, and streamline in your way of life. It is easy, you just need to discipline yourself, and all researchers are disciplined only so do ponder over it.
The next question is, what is the best time to eat food?
The educational process is all about studying. You may be regular in your lectures and the varied classroom sessions but still it isn’t enough and not complete till the time you pick up books from your own end and do some amount of self-learning and there isn’t any substitute for it. Students, particularly research scholars are so loaded with work that they find it very difficult to take out time on regular basis for enough self-study. But you must remember that self-study is decisive in terms of the success or failure of your academic endeavour. What should you do in your daily routine to imbibe effective self-study habits?
- Frame of mind: having mind over matter is a popular phrase and that is what is required here. You must do away with the distraction when you attempt to get down with your work so that you can devote your full effort to the task you are taking at hand. You can further try to get yourself in the frame of mind for doing the work before actually starting to do it. This helps to immediately develop the concentration in the work as your mind gets prepared before only and you do not waste any further time in doing so.
- Have a designated study spot: There can be various ways by which distractions can happen, for instance, friends, music, noise, children and anything else that could call for your attention. You must take time in deciding a specific study spot which is as much as possible away from the distractions that could occur. Whether you decide to find that spot at home or away from home, it should be such which is easy to access and helps you to develop your concentration faster.
- Have handy notes: it is not just important to make notes but making good and useful notes is also an art. It won’t be of much good if you have notes that are scrolled down hastily, just for the sake of doing so. You must develop a useful format in which you should put up all your notes as when you every time read the notes in that specific format, your brains starts to comprehend them faster and your ability to retain them also increases significantly.
- Be adamant to a schedule: it is less of a challenge to do self-study if you try and not let the work pile up. Do little of the work every day and mostly at the same time and same place so that your body and mind is always able to prepare itself for what is going to come next and hence you are easily able to be in that frame of mind.
Try to do these small little efforts on regular basis and see the benefits reflecting in your productivity.
Don’t indulge in Scientific Details: The Ph.D. scholars eat, sleep and breathe research, so the scientific terminology is so much into their life that they leave no opportunity to tell whoever they meet about their acquired scientific knowledge. You must not act like an academic scientist else people start to run away from you. To be able to gel with people from both industry as well as academia, you must skip scientific talks.
Personally thank the sponsors: You must know who the sponsors are at different events you attend. Remember them and ensure to thank them at the end of the occasion. Not many people do that, and it works well with letting yourself recalled by folks in the industry. You don’t know; you may need them for any research project or career interests in the future. If you could do some research about the sponsors before going to the conference, it would be a good idea and give you constructive inputs to engage in a conversation.
Cash you student stature: When you are in the student zone, naturally people exhibit more patience when interacting with you and display more openness than to others. People from the industry would be open to sharing news and information with you, and you would be able to network with a peer from other universities who have similar concerns or challenges. When you are in the student zone, by default you get the right to ask as many questions as you want and compile as much information as possible.
Exhibit confidence: When you show confidence about yourself and your skills, you see people coming over to you and showing interest in wanting to get associated with you. Everyone wants to get associated with persons who know what they are doing and their KRAs. In a public gathering, what you talk, your body language, concept clarity, and all other factors are responsible in showing to people who are observing you about your self- confidence level.
Follow up after the conference: The best is for the last. It is the finest networking technique, and you must do it at the earliest. Rather the same day you must write an email to all sponsors and organizers, thanking them for the initiative and the effort. In the email mention about who you are and what was the conversation, you shared with them so that it becomes easier for them to retain details about you. In case you want any favor from them, you must keep that at some later stage and not in the first mail itself.
The cover letter is not just a formality, rather it is a chance for you to lobby for your manuscript so you must ensure that your involvement in writing that is no less than what you do for writing the content of your manuscript. The objective of your cover letter is quite important, it is a medium to impress or convince the editor to forward your write up for the review process. The personification of your cover letter is similar to it being the presenter of your manuscript to argue that it is good enough for the standards of the journal so it should highlight your most important findings. The cover letter is the first and most important medium to assure the editor that your document does not have any conflicting interests and should generate interest in your document in a way that the editor feels that it should be strongly considered for publication.
Here are some formal suggestions for the cover letter:
Have a formal address for the editor: you must address the editor formally and if possible try to get the name of the editor so you could address him my name formally. You can get that information from the net in most of the cases
Include important details of the manuscript in the first paragraph itself: you must ensure that the first paragraph should include the title of the manuscript, main authors and if possible the theme of the manuscript in brief. What kind of manuscript it is, is also important to add here and by the end of the second paragraph, you should briefly explain the rationale of your document in a very impressive and convincing way.
Justify why your document fits the journal: the next paragraph should bring out those facts about your manuscript which are not just its strength s but also make the journal a good choice to publish it and vice versa. You can highlight the clinical implications of your manuscript if the journal so demands it. It may be possible that your work may not be the perfect fit for the journal but you can still try to align the aim and scope of the journal with the underlying objective of the journal.
Closing paragraph: the closing paragraph should necessarily include the following things: the commitment of originality of your document, commitment of no publication of same manuscript elsewhere and no conflicting interests and in case the journal wants your recommendation of potential reviewers.