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Graduate Research Office
A doctoral degree(PhD or Professional Doctorate) shall be awarded to a candidate who has demonstrated the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication. The candidate shall demonstrate a detailed understanding of appropriate research methods and their application to the chosen field and present and defend a thesis of appropriate literary standard (or alternative form of submission where appropriate), by oral examination to the satisfaction of examiners.
A research degree at Masters levelshall be awarded to a candidate who has critically investigated and evaluated an approved topic and demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge. The candidate shall demonstrate a detailed understanding of appropriate research methods and their application to the chosen field, and present and defend a thesis of an appropriate literary standard (or alternative form of submission where appropriate), by oral examination to the satisfaction of examiners.
Phillips’ and Pugh’s ‘How to Get a PhD’
festivals, hospital and dentist 572
(assuming 6 hours/weeks for 25 weeks plus prep and marking) 497
So a full-time PhD student has less than 500 days to complete on time!
John Wakeford, Missenden Centre
* Should occur around 12 months FT or 15-21 months PT
*For members of staff there are 3 examiners (2 external)
…The candidate was most disappointed with the result and began to engage examiners in a discussion on his past/future supervision arrangements, which was unfortunately outside of the examination team’s remit. The Chair handled this very professionally and was able to explain correct procedures on how to revise and resubmit.
The examiners have 5 options:
Complaints and appeals – you decide!
Complaints regarding supervision cannot form the basis of an appeal against an examination decision
A candidate may not challenge academic judgement unless there is evidence of unfair or improper assessment
Where examiners recommendations are not unanimous, RPSG may:
Accept a majority recommendation
Accept the recommendation of the external examiner
Require appointment of a new examiner