Surviving a PhD disaster

Handed in your thesis, only to realise there’s a major flaw in your study? What to do? Read Brian Flemming’s great post on his experience dealing with PhD disaster.

The Thesis Whisperer

This post is written by Brian Flemming, a mathematician working as a Systems Engineer in Edinburgh.  He completed an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) as a mature student at Heriot Watt University in 2014 and is now appreciating the freedom to continue studying and spend time away on the hills, without the associated “PhD-guilt” of neglecting the books. In this post Brian tells us about a situation we all dread: discovering a mistake in his thesis after it had been submitted….

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 3.22.03 pmIt was a sickening moment. I was staring at the computer monitor in disbelief. My jaw sagged open at the realisation I’d made a mistake in my thesis, which I’d just handed in for examination only the day before. And not a trivial mistake either: anyone with a working knowledge of the subject would have spotted it straightaway.

It was a pure Adams-esque moment, of the “…accidently chang[ing] down from…

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