Calendar 2015/16

Regulations Governing Academic Programmes

2 Faculty of Graduate Research

2.6 Regulations Governing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Publication
1 Eligibility
1.1 The following may apply for registration for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy:
  (a) Graduates of the University
  (b) Graduates of other Universities and Institutions of Higher Education approved by the Senate
  (c) Other persons who can satisfy the provisions of Ordinance 13.2
1.2 Applicants will normally be expected to have at least a Second Class Honours degree or to have reached an equivalent standard in a General or unclassified degree or other qualification.
1.3 Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of competence in English Language sufficient for research study, and after admission to the University may be required to take additional instruction in English Language, normally at INTO University of Exeter.
1.4 Applicants must be able to supply a coherent portfolio of published work, with their application, normally published within the 5 years prior to application, which demonstrably meet the programme learning outcomes listed under 5.5.
2 Registration
2.1 Registration shall be effective not earlier than the beginning of the term in which the candidature is formally approved.
3 Conditions of Study
3.1 Candidates will be registered as full-time or as part-time students under supervisor(s) approved by the College Dean.
4 Continued Registration
4.1 Candidates will be expected to complete within two years of registration.
4.2 Candidates are required to submit a report on their research at the end of each academic year; failure to submit will normally result in termination of registration.
4.3 A candidate who fails to make satisfactory progress may be required to withdraw.
4.4 Each candidate is required to re-register at the beginning of each academic year until the required thesis has been submitted.
4.5 In the case of candidates who hold positions within the academic job families in their College it shall be for their College Dean to assess annually their progress towards submission for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and assess whether continuing registration remains appropriate.
5 Process of Assessment
5.1 The candidate will be required to produce a 10,000 word chapter (maximum) which shall  explain how the work forms a coherent whole, and explain how it meets the doctoral assessment criteria. This chapter along with the publications1 shall be submitted in the prescribed form which shall not exceed 100,000 words excluding bibliography, appendices and abstract, and will normally be required to take a viva voce examination. Candidates may supplement the publications they included in their application portfolio with any work published subsequent to their registration so long as all items included in the thesis have been published at the point of submission.
5.2 Candidates must normally submit three copies (which shall include a summary of approximately 300 words) in the format prescribed by the ‘Presentation of Theses/Dissertations for Degrees in the Faculty of Graduate Research: Statement of Procedures’, or two copies for staff candidates, which shall become the property of the University.
5.3 When ready to apply for examination, each candidate shall submit an application form which shall make clear:
  i. that all the material in the thesis which is not the candidate's own work has been identified;
  ii. that the thesis does not include any material, which the candidate has previously submitted and had approved for the award of a degree;
  iii. the extent to which each work is based on independent study and the nature and extent of any collaboration with, or assistance given by, others, where that collaboration involves work submitted by a co-author for a degree of a University it must be clearly identified as such, and distinguishable from the candidate’s work for the purposes of examination.
5.4 The College shall recommend to the Dean of Faculty acting on behalf of the Faculty Board, an internal examiner and two external examiners. In the case of candidates who hold positions within the academic job families in their College no internal examiner shall be appointed, however the College Dean shall identify a member of staff who will undertake those administrative duties, which would normally fall to the internal examiner.
5.5 In assessing the dissertation, the examiners will require:
  (a) evidence that it forms a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject;
  (b) evidence of originality;
  (c) evidence of the candidate's ability to relate the subject matter of the thesis to the existing body of knowledge within the field, and;
  (d) a satisfactory level of literary presentation.
5.6 It shall be within the discretion of the examiners to make one of the following recommendations:
  (a) that the degree be awarded;
  (b) that the degree be awarded subject to the candidate making minor amendments to the integrated chapter to the satisfaction of one or more of the examiners as may be agreed between them;.
  (c) that the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by publication be awarded subject to the candidate making major amendments to the integrated chapter to the satisfaction of the examiners as may be agreed between them
  (d) that the degree of Master of Philosophy by Publication be awarded;
  (e) that no degree be awarded.
5.7 The examiners are required, when making their final report to the Dean of Faculty, to indicate for the information of the candidate the reasons for their decision, and where amendments are required to indicate those aspects or parts of the thesis/dissertation which they regard as inadequate and the nature and extent of the re-writing required.
  1In this context publication is taken to mean publicly available assessable outputs, comparable to the range of outputs defined by the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 (RAE 03/2005 - RAE2008: Guidance on submissions (June)) and any future research exercise and as deemed appropriate in a disciplinary context.