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Examining the Doctorate: institutional policy and the PhD examination process in Britain.

Tinkler, P. and Jackson, C. (2000) Examining the Doctorate: institutional policy and the PhD examination process in Britain. Studies in Highter Education, 25 (2). pp. 167-180.

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Abstract

In this article the authors attempt to shed some light on the PhD examination process, a process that is arguably far less transparent than those at other levels of British higher education. More specifically, the authors focus upon institutional policy from a sample of 20 British universities and attempt to document policy and interrogate the principles underpinning guidelines governing examination practices. They examine definitions of what constitutes a doctorate and policies governing a range of practices that are integral to the examination process. The research reveals that although there is a large degree of inter-institutional consistency regarding key criteria for the award of a PhD, close inspection of institutional policy suggests that the PhD examination is in fact conceptualised and operationalised in diverse ways.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Highter Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 30856
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2009 12:06
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:50
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/30856

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