An MPhil/MS research differs qualitatively in two aspects with a PhD Research: (i) Quality of literature survey, and (ii) rigor of research methodology .
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Evaluating Your State of Research ProgressThe mood of a thesis research student directly corresponds to his progress status. If he is making continuous progress he would be positive, if he is not making progress or is missing the advising sessions he would be pessimistic. You can classify your mood from the following table:
Am I Ready to Embark on my Thesis/Dissertation Research? Self-Checklist.
This checklist will help evaluate your status of preparation for thesis work:
- I know the difference between a thesis and a project.
- I know the difference between an MS/MPhil and a PhD.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Over the last twenty years, I have been involved in various change management efforts involving faculty members. Change management is hard and difficult in any organization. It becomes especially challenging to sell change among the faculty members who are used to displaying their intellectual prowess in front of students, who are often not at loss for words, and who are actually fond of involving students and others intellectually and are fond of giving arguments in favor of their positions.
To appreciate the following you must have read my post "What does it Mean to be a PhD: Myths of specialization and departmental scope of expertise".
How to Select the Area of My Research?
Don't spend too much time mulling over which area of research to concentrate on. If you feel that you have entered the analysis/paralysis stage and you are having too much difficulty zeroing in on the topic and finalizing it, then my advice is to just write down the names of areas of research that you are interested and then throw a dart blind-folded. Just start wherever it lands. Of course, I am talking about the sub-areas within the research specialty of your supervisor.