School of Psychology HDR website

Writing up your thesis

Content in this section will be expanded over time. However, for now, you might find the following resource useful:

Additionally, past PhD theses are available in the library. Taking a look at these may help you decide how to structure your own thesis. 

The recommended model in  the School of Psychology is that Higher Degree training should emphasise peer-refereed journal publication and not center exclusively on thesis preparation. To do this students should set the objective with their supervisor to consider the stages of their thesis research (e.g., literature review) that can be prepared for submission to relevant journals. Two important advantages of having publications at the point of submitting your PhD are (1) that it clearly indicates to reviewers that your research has already satisfied the peer evaluation criteria for a novel contribution to science and (2) your post doctoral career prospects will be advanced by having published. Students and supervisors should set realistic timetables and recognise that sound research will often be rejected by journals and require resubmission. Many students find it challenging to add journal papers completion to their PhD thesis preparation timelines.

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8th July 2011