Managing your supervisor(s) well and developing and maintaining a supportive, positive, constructively critical relationship over time is essential to help you produce a good quality thesis. The relationship between you and your supervisor or supervisors is a very important one and it is essential that you can get on with them personally, without necessarily being the best of friends, and can respect them in terms of scholarship, academic credibility and their practices. Many students select a specific person to be their supervisor because they know their work. You need to set up contacts in advance and develop a working link with such a prospective supervisor. Some students even cross the world (or move around the country) to be able to work with the supervisor they want. Often, however, you have little choice over who can supervise you because of the limited range of specialisms available or the specific nature of the research project and, in the case of Master’s programmes, supervisors are often allocated later on in the research process.
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