From Postgraduate to Social Scientist: A Guide to Key Skills

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Nigel Gilbert, G. Nigel Gilbert
SAGE, Mar 3, 2006 - Education - 226 pages
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From Postgraduate to Social Scientist is essential reading for any postgraduate or new researcher who is interested in a career in the social sciences. The book describes the skills needed for success in moving from being a student to becoming an academic or professional social scientist. Written by experts in the field, Gilbert et al., this book offers a unique insider's view of how to make the transition. By adopting a clear and accessible approach, this book encourages students embarking on the journey towards becoming a social scientist to engage with every aspect of the process.


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Becoming a Social Scientist
Reviewing Existing Research
Using the Internet
Research Ethics
Developing and Writing a Research Proposal
Project Management
Intellectual Property
Writing Dissertations Theses and Reports
Writing Articles Books and Presentations
Those Who Can? Teaching as a Postgraduate
What Next? Career paths

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About the author (2006)

Nigel Gilbert read for a first degree in Engineering, intending to go into the computer industry. However, he was lured into sociology and obtained his doctorate on the sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Michael Mulkay. His research and teaching interests have reflected his continuing interest in both sociology and computer science (and engineering more widely).

His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.

He is also Director of the University's Institute of Advanced Studies and responsible for its development as a leading centre for intellectual interchange.

He is the author or editor of several textbooks on sociological methods of research and statistics and editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

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