Research Degree Award Descriptions

To award a research degree the examiners must be satisfied that the research student meets the relevant award description.

In all cases the thesis must be:

  • the result of the research student’s own work. Where parts of the thesis are the result of work undertaken by or with others this must be explicitly acknowledged in the thesis text and/or references
  • the result of work undertaken by the research student over their period of registration – except where the thesis comprises inter-related published works or clinical case studies
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy the research student must satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which makes a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in the discipline and contains work which is considered to be worthy of publication.

The research student must demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of their discipline and its associated research techniques and show that these have been successfully applied.

For research students registered for the degree of PhD and who will submit a practice based thesis, both components of the thesis must form a coherent whole which meets the requirements for the award of the degree.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine, the research student must satisfy the examiners either:

  • by means of a thesis in any branch of medicine, surgery, or medical science, which has been specifically composed for the purpose, includes a review of the relevant background literature, contains a critical account of original laboratory-based or clinical research, carried out personally by the research student, that constitutes a significant contribution to knowledge, and contains work which is deemed worthy of publication

or

  • by submission, with the approval of the MD Degree Board of Studies, of collected inter-related published works or clinical case studies embodying original work, of which a substantial proportion has been carried out personally by the research student, and constituting a significant contribution to knowledge
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Psychology, the research student must satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which has been specifically composed for the purpose and constituting a significant contribution to knowledge and includes:

  • a critical literature review (the topic normally being relevant to the research question addressed in the main study)
  • a self-contained research paper which reports on the main study and which conforms to the requirements of a peer-reviewed journal appropriate to the research topic
  • a reflective critique of the work
  • a service evaluation or audit report based on the student’s area of practice or service setting
Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology the research student must successfully complete all taught elements to the appropriate standard described in the relevant programme specification and satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which makes a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in the discipline and contains work which is considered to be worthy of publication.

The research student must demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of their discipline and its associated research techniques and show that these have been successfully applied.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Education the research student must successfully complete all taught elements to the appropriate standard described in the relevant programme specification and satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which makes a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in the discipline and contains work which is considered to be worthy of publication.

The research student must demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of their discipline and its associated research techniques and show that these have been successfully applied.

Doctor of Engineering (EngD)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering the research student must successfully complete all taught elements to the appropriate standard described in the relevant programme specification and satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which makes a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in the discipline and contains work which is considered to be worthy of publication.

The research student must demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of their discipline and its associated research techniques and show that these have been successfully applied.

Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci)

To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Science the research student must successfully complete all taught elements to the appropriate standard described in the relevant programme specification and satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which makes a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in the discipline and contains work which is considered to be worthy of publication.

The research student must demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of their discipline and its associated research techniques and show that these have been successfully applied.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

To be awarded the degree of Master of Philosophy, the research student must satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which demonstrates a satisfactory record of research, a broad knowledge and understanding of the field of study and associated research techniques, and shows that these have been successfully applied.

The thesis must present evidence of a critical survey of knowledge in the discipline but does not need to be a distinct and original contribution to knowledge of their discipline or to be of publishable quality.

For research students registered for the degree of MPhil and who will submit a practice based thesis, both components of the thesis must form a coherent whole which meets the requirements for the award of the degree.

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