Original Research

One supervisor, two students: Experiences and anxieties of PhD journeys

Muchativugwa L. Hove, Paul N. Nkamta
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 13, No 1 | a340 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v13i1.340 | © 2017 Muchativugwa L. Hove, Paul N. Nkamta | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2016 | Published: 17 February 2017

About the author(s)

Muchativugwa L. Hove, Faculty of Education, School of Undergraduate Studies, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa
Paul N. Nkamta, Faculty of Education, School of Undergraduate Studies, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa

Abstract

Today, colleges and universities offer master’s and doctoral degrees in increasing numbers. Many students enrol in these programmes and, in many cases, such students are without appropriate guidance and support in conceptualising, conducting and writing original research. The lack of support and guidance during the M&D journey results in students taking more than the required duration for the programme, withdrawal or abandonment and, consequently, a drop in the number of completed theses and dissertations at colleges and universities. This article adopts a diaristic approach to document and examine the experiences of two PhD students at an institution of higher learning in South Africa. It seeks to demystify the notion that PhD studies are for a select few and proffers to chart some ways towards the successful completion of M&D studies.


Keywords

PhD; doctorate-ness; support; withdrawal; demystify

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