PhD students in Australia are under a lot of pressure to finish their degree 'on time' - but why? Mary-Helen Ward has just completed a PhD on the PhD in Australia at the University of Sydney. I read a draft of her impressive thesis and learned a lot myself about the system. I asked Mary-Helen if she would do a post to explain the dark arts of research student funding and this post is the result. I hope it makes the situation a bit clearer, for those in Australia at least.
While, superficially, the thesis rules seem simple, they do not really help you make a lot of the decisions you need to make an acceptable scholarly text. This is where a lot of the trouble starts.
You might be learning all kinds of unexpected things while doing your PhD - some of these 'other' things might help you get a job later on.