Alternative Format

New podcast tackling issues related to an alternative (article-based) PhD thesis

Check out the first episode now!

Two academics are sharing advice for students undertaking a PhD through alternative format, in a new four-part podcast series.

Traditionally, a PhD is earned through completing a monograph or thesis. However, recently more students across different subjects from political science to marketing, have been choosing to complete their PhDs by alternative format. This consists of a series of three or four related articles suitable for publication in an academic journal.

Dr Scott Jones, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Birmingham, and Dr Anuja Pradhan, assistant professor in consumption, culture and commerce at the University of Southern Denmark, both completed their own PhDs by alternative format and have created a new podcast, called Alternative Format, in order to help students navigate their way through alternative format PhDs.

Dr Scott Jones said: “I am delighted to be launching our podcast, Alternative Format. Having gone through the process of completing a PhD through alternative format ourselves, Anuja and I know the challenges students can face and we are keen to demystify the process and make it less daunting.”

Listen and learn

Each episode of the podcast tackles different issues related to doing a PhD by alternative format, such as why people choose to complete their PhDs this way; the writing process of the alternative format thesis and the advantages and challenges of writing journal-style articles; practical advice for preparing for and undertaking a viva, and how this might be different for a PhD by alternative format.

One episode is dedicated to PhD supervisors. Here Scott and Anuja are joined by Professor Maria Piacentini and Professor Emerita Margaret Hogg of Lancaster University, and Professor Finola Kerrigan of Birmingham University, who share their experiences as supervisors and examiners of alternative format PhDs.

Students and supervisors

Dr Anuja Pradhan said: “As academics and teachers we want to empower students and PhD supervisors when it comes to alternative format PhDs. These kinds of PhDs are becoming more commonplace, but sometimes it can be hard to know how you should be assisting a student or formatting your papers. We hope that both future and current PhD students, and PhD supervisors will find Alternative Format a helpful resource created by two people who have gone through the experience themselves.”


You can download episode one of the Alternative Format podcast here.
It will also be available on Apple podcasts.
The Alternative Format podcast is produced by Karsten Prinds at the University of Southern Denmark.


For more information you are welcome to contact associate professor Anuja Pradhan, Dep. of Business & Management, SDU or 6550 2707.

Posted by: AK
Date: 16/06/2023
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