This chapter explores the issue of identifying initial ideas prior to starting a PhD. I reveal how sometimes the most obvious of ideas, often based on personal experiences can be worthy of developing into a thesis. Drawing on my own experiences, I highlight the process through which I formulated my proposal and the activities and reflections which were helpful in developing and sharpening my ideas. These include drawing from experience, being pragmatic about the feasibility of the study, testing ideas on others and using writing as a reflective tool.
|Title of host publication||How to keep your doctorate on track: Insights from students’ and supervisors’ experiences|
|Editors||Keith Townsend, Mark Saunders, Rebecca Loudon, Emily Morrison|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Research proposal, PhD ideas, doctorate