- 2 weeks from PhD thesis hand in…
…and I really can’t be **** anymore!
I could probably bust out what I need to do pretty quickly, but I keep distracting myself (hence this post 😉 ).
So far, 75,000 words, > 100 figures, 60 tables (in LaTeX 🙁 ), 250 pages. Bit of a beast to be honest!
Sorry, just wanted to share. Can’t wait until Christmas!Posted 3 years agoIAMember
…and I really can’t be **** anymore!
Amazing if you got this far and that’s the only time you’ve thought that! I found it was all peaks and troughs, just gotta work through it.
And try to forget that getting a PhD can be quite well defined as becoming the world expert in something nobody else cares about…Posted 3 years agogarvaldnightsMember
I found the last few weeks the hardest. It wasn’t the writing of it, it was the “what comes next”. In the end, I cancelled all engagements, took time off work and battered through it. By then I knew it was good enough to pass and it was just about time on task. When it was all over, I walked away from the field and never went back. Ime, those who have done a PhD tend to downplay it and just see the faults in the work and resent the time spent on it. It’s taken me a few years to actually feel good about the experience and see the positives in the work and in myself.Posted 3 years agoanagallis_arvensisMember
I could not believe how thorough the examiners were in reading. Fair play to them I couldnt even be bothered to look at it on the train from London up to newcastle for my viva. They found all the faults!! My honesty in admitting which were the shit bits and which were the better bits seemed to scupper most of their grilling though!Posted 3 years agoi_like_foodMember
Almost there, good work! I remember struggling through the final weeks of mine, all I wanted was to be shot of the thing… but people kept helping me ‘improve’ it. To be fair I do think I submitted the PhD thesis with the greatest number of typos.
The feeling of walking home at 3 am on a summers night after finally, finally, finally finishing still lives with me as the absolute definition of relief.
Keep at it, it’s worth it just to not have to do it.Posted 3 years agowelshfarmerSubscriber
I ended up in a similar situation to the OP. I actually swapped house with a mate, into a room with no distractions, and a new set of housemates I did not really know or have an association with. Really helped me to knuckle down and finish. However, of course, we did not have internet back in those days. Heaven knows how I would have finished if we had. Having literally taken a completely different track with my life since doing all that stuff 20 years ago I sometimes have a read of my Thesis and cannot believe I am the same person who wrote it.
Funny how life turns out 🙂Posted 3 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
I bought myself a new bike when I finished mine. That’s how excited I was.
Dr North bought herself a Rolex. Bit of a cheek given I funded her writing up year…! (10 years on I still wear a Seiko.)
Good luck Kit. Just nail yourself to a chair and get it finished!!Posted 3 years agopoahMember
its such an anticlimax handing it in. You think you’ve done a big deal yet the woman over the desk just says thanks and have you filled out the correct forms. What got me was the depression that happened afterwards as you’re life suddendly becomes empty.
If you actually know your stuff then the viva will be a peice of piss to get through. mine was 3.5 hours and it flew by.
266 pages is on the meaty side, do you have lots of pictures, tables, appendies? My uni library has stats that show you how many times your thesis has been downloaded which is pretty cool.Posted 3 years ago
266 pages is on the meaty side, do you have lots of pictures, tables, appendies?
Really? Mine was 300 pages (or 100k words). No tables, diagrams, maps, or illustrations allowed.
EDIT: Come to think of it, a colleague just finished hers in the field of English Lit, and it only had to be 60k words. I’m not trying to diminish it, but I always thought of 60k as being MPhil length and 80k to 100k as being PhD. Have standards changed in the last 10 years?Posted 3 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
It’s been 21yrs since I handed mine in! Blimey. I never did around to binding my own copy and threw out the unbound copy a few years ago. It was a great feeling of relief to pass more then anything else but I’ve been more nervous about the viva for PhD students that I’ve supervised since then. Good luck OP with the viva.Posted 3 years ago
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