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    Peter Hubbard said:

    I feel your pain at having to write the ‘t’ word and look for a job at the same time. And agree that things may only start to get interesting after three years of research, when you have to down-tools and write it all up. But I think that simply stapling several manuscripts together (whatever stage they may be in the publishing process) and calling it a ‘thesis’ will lose thevital learning process of writing (and you do learn by writing a thesis). Furthermore, you can never be sure of the contribution of each author in such a compedium of multi-author research papers; not just who did the work?, but where did the ideas come from? and who did the analysis? and the writing? In a conventional thesis, such things are clearer. And form a permanent record (to gather dust on a shelf in a university library…).