Another belated post on research related topics, this time on the August 2016 orientation session for new research students.

Key take-aways

  • Perseverance is the key to success
  • The more you write and express your ideas, the more you have to distill and coalesce throughout (words my own)
  • You can spend years finding literature for literature reviews, stop procrastinating and be constructively busy
  • You have a great deal of support available, so take advantage of it

Research outcomes

There are essentially two outcomes of a PhD:

  1. An original contribution to knowledge
  2. A thesis which may be in the form of written output complemented by other forms, something you wish to argue or maintain

Contribution to knowledge

Adding original research to the world is the aim, pushing at the boundary of knowledge. Focus on that boundary, and add your element of insight into the area. Your thesis is likely to make a contribution to one of the following:

  • Methodology – thorough use or development of original methodologies or an original application of an existing methodology
  • Application – a more practical outcome
  • Perseverance is the key to success