Thesis Submission

(1)9.38 To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Published Work, the research student must satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which comprises a substantial number of inter-related published works which form a coherent whole and which together make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge. 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.

(1)9.39 To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine by Published Work, the research student must satisfy the examiners by means of a thesis which comprises a substantial number of inter-related published works or clinical case studies which form a coherent whole and which together make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge. 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.

Thesis Format

(1)9.40 With the exception of short quotations for which an English translation is provided, the critical appraisal and the published works submitted for examination must be written in English unless the Graduate Dean has given approval prior to submission for examination for all or part of the thesis to be in another language.

(1)9.41 The research student must provide the thesis with a title that is descriptive of the submission as a whole.

(1)9.42 The critical appraisal should be of around 5,000 words and should describe the scope and content of the published works submitted for examination and the contribution to knowledge as evidenced by those works.

(1)9.43 The number of published works submitted for examination shall not be specified. The published works submitted for examination should normally comprise a body of work at least equivalent in size to that represented by a typical doctoral thesis in the discipline.

(1)9.44 Works submitted for examination must have been published or have been accepted for publication by the date of submission and should normally have been published or have been accepted for publication as/in a scholarly book or in a scholarly journal.

(1)9.45 Works submitted for examination should normally have been published within a period of no more than ten years before the date of initial registration and the rate at which the work of the research student has been published may be considered as relevant by the examiners in their assessment of the thesis.

(1)9.46 A substantial proportion of the research described in the published works comprising the thesis should normally have been undertaken over the duration of the research student’s period of service with the University except for research students admitted under (1)9.4(3).

(1)9.47 The critical appraisal must identify items submitted for examination which are the result of work undertaken by or with others and the nature of the research student’s contribution in each case. A substantial proportion of the research described in the published works comprising the thesis must have been personally undertaken by the research student and the research student should normally be the first author for the majority of the items submitted for examination.

(1)9.48 The University may contact any co-authors and/or collaborators for advice on the nature of the research student’s contribution to items submitted for examination which are the result of work undertaken by or with others.

(1)9.49 Works submitted for examination must not have been submitted by the research student for examination for a qualification at the University or another institution with the exception of submissions permitted under (1)9.77. The research student must indicate works which they or any co-authors and/or collaborators have submitted for examination for a degree of the University or another institution.

Copyright

(1)9.50 The research student shall hold the copyright for their critical appraisal.

(1)9.51 The research student shall be responsible for ensuring that they comply with any requirements for their use of material to which a third party holds the copyright.

Thesis Submission

(1)9.52 Research students submitting the thesis for examination must submit to the Graduate School Office:

1. two perfect bound submissions comprising

a. a title page that includes the following information

i. the full title of the thesis

ii. the research student’s full name

iii. the name of the research student’s Department

iv. the month and year in which the thesis was submitted for examination

b. acknowledgements page

c. table of published works submitted

d. critical appraisal

2. two sets of the published works which together comprise the main body of the thesis and which have been labelled with

a. the research student’s full name

b. the degree for which the thesis was submitted for examination

c. the month and year in which the thesis was submitted for examination

(1)9.53 Research students who following examination have been awarded a research degree by published work must submit to the Graduate School Office:

1. one hard bound submission comprising

a. a title page that includes the following information

i. the full title of the thesis

ii. the research student’s full name

iii. the name of the research student’s Department

iv. the month and year in which the thesis was submitted for examination

b. acknowledgements page

c. table of published works submitted

d. critical appraisal

The cover of the hard bound copy must be standard green (Aberlave Library Buckram No. 563).

(1)9.54 The bound submissions must be presented on good quality A4 paper. The pages must be printed on one side only and must have a margin of at least 3.5 centimetres on the left side of each page to allow for binding. All other margins must be of at least 2.5 centimetres. The printed text must be of good quality with 1.5 line spacing and should normally be in 12 point type.

(1)9.55 Following the award of a degree, the hard bound submission and one set of the published works which together comprise the main body of the thesis shall be retained by the University and made available through the University Library. The other set of published works shall be returned to the research student.

(1)9.56 A request to restrict access to the thesis may be made if the thesis includes work which has been accepted for publication but which has not yet been published. Thesis embargos shall be subject to approval from the Graduate Dean.

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