Research Degrees - Thesis

In the thesis, a student must meet the criteria set out in the QAA's National Qualification Framework, including demonstrating a sound knowledge and critical appreciation of his or her discipline. The thesis for the award of PhD, DBA, EdD, DrPH and EngD (though not MPhil) must also make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in that discipline. The material has to be organised and presented in a clear and appropriate style in the English language and be suitable for publication. The submission may take the form of a wholly written dissertation or one that comprises original, creative work supported by adequate documentation. It will vary in length according to the discipline being researched and whether it is to be submitted for a PhD or MPhil. All submissions involving creative work should include a means of storage, access or retrieval of work.

The major part of the thesis, including the written material, must have been completed during the student's period of registration with the University, under supervision arrangements approved by the University.

A thesis may include work published by the student, but this must be acknowledged in the text and bound in at the end. Students may include work that has been submitted for another award or published prior to registration for a research degree, provided that this is clearly indicated and is appropriately and critically reviewed in the main text. All work that is not the candidate's own must be acknowledged.

The thesis is normally presented at a viva voce examination and most schools will encourage students to practise presentation skills in order to help prepare them for this oral examination.

A candidate may present a less substantial piece or work for the award of an MPhil.

Additional guidance on the standard of awards is given in the Quality Audit Framework

In the thesis, a student must meet the criteria set out in the QAA's National Qualification Framework, including demonstrating a sound knowledge and critical appreciation of his or her discipline. The thesis for the award of PhD, DBA, EdD, DrPH and EngD (though not MPhil) must also make a distinct and original contribution to knowledge in that discipline. The material has to be organised and presented in a clear and appropriate style in the English language and be suitable for publication. The submission may take the form of a wholly written dissertation or one that comprises original, creative work supported by adequate documentation. It will vary in length according to the discipline being researched and whether it is to be submitted for a PhD or MPhil. All submissions involving creative work should include a means of storage, access or retrieval of work.

The major part of the thesis, including the written material, must have been completed during the student's period of registration with the University, under supervision arrangements approved by the University.

A thesis may include work published by the student, but this must be acknowledged in the text and bound in at the end. Students may include work that has been submitted for another award or published prior to registration for a research degree, provided that this is clearly indicated and is appropriately and critically reviewed in the main text. All work that is not the candidate's own must be acknowledged.

The thesis is normally presented at a viva voce examination and most schools will encourage students to practise presentation skills in order to help prepare them for this oral examination.

A candidate may present a less substantial piece or work for the award of an MPhil.

Additional guidance on the standard of awards is given in the Quality Audit Framework

Page last updated: Tuesday 28 January 2014