The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research

McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
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This bestselling book on the process of PhD research provides readers with engaging discussion and comprehensive guidance on aspects that other books don't usually mention.
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McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
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Published on
Jan 1, 2010
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780335240265
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English
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Education / Higher
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