oa Alternation - The PhD: pitfalls and pathways

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



A concern about the current performance of higher education research and research training institutions is raised by Qualifications Authorities in various countries. This is compounded by a lack of general acceptance of the need to improve student completion rates and times between first enrolment and graduation, while at the same time, recognising government's responsibility to provide information on completions, to encourage such a focus. This article provides information on postgraduate completions, and provides insights into what PhD examiners look for in dissertations as part of the duties of responsible supervisors and as part of departmental responsibilities towards their doctoral students.

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