7.8 Criteria for the Awarding of Research Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

1. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) may be awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a scheme of further study and research, the results of which are judged to constitute an original contribution to learning and to give evidence of systematic study and of ability to relate the results of such study to the general body of knowledge in the subject.

2. In judging the merit of a thesis submitted in candidature for the degree of PhD, the examiners shall bear in mind the standard and scope of work which it is reasonable to expect a capable and diligent student to present after a period of two or three years (as appropriate) of full-time study, or its part-time equivalent.

3. On completion of a Doctoral degree, graduates will have attained Level 8, as defined by the QAA’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Doctor of Philosophy by Published Works

4. The criteria for the award of the Degree of Doctor Philosophy by Published Works shall be the same as those established for the Degree of PhD. Published works may be defined as works which are in the public domain or which have at least been accepted for publication (provided that the candidate can provide adequate proof that this is the case). Works submitted for examination should not normally have been published more than ten years previous to the date of registration.

5. On completion of a Doctoral degree, graduates will have attained Level 8, as defined by the QAA’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Professional Doctorate

6. The criteria for the Professional Doctorate shall be the same as those established for the Degree of PhD except that the contribution may be to learning or to an area of professional practice and may lead to professional or organisational change in the candidate’s workplace/profession.

7. On completion of a Professional Doctoral degree, graduates will have attained Level 8, as defined by the QAA's Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)/LLM by Research

8. The degree of Master of Philosophy may be awarded by the University in recognition of the successful completion of a course of further study and research, the results of which are judged to constitute a critical evaluation and analysis of a body of knowledge and/or an original contribution to knowledge.

9. On completion of an MPhil, graduates will have attained at least Level 7, as defined by the QAA's Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.