Doctorate of advanced Study

The Doctorate of Advanced Study is the degree title and not related to the academic discipline of Research; one can pursue the Doctorate degree in any discipline. The Doctorate of Advanced Study is a higher standards Doctorate degree a student could receive. The degree involves considerable research, through a thesis and supervised research projects.

In order to receive the Doctorate of Advanced Study degree, one must fulfil the entry requirements – general education, a Bachelor degree (UK RQF Level 6) and a Master Degree (UK RQFLevel 7) or a Bachelor Degree (UK RQF Level 6) plus substantial professional or research experience of at least 5 years of any recognised Academic institution worldwide. Our Institution then, adds two additional requirements: a demanding program of research study proposed by the student and approved by our Institution and the collaborative Institution from the Alliance – and independent research, culminating in the production of a postgraduate thesis and possibly, additional supervised research projects of smaller extend. Publication(s) of the thesis research results in recognised (indexed) academic journals will be taken into consideration, especially if they are related to the discipline and the subjects of the research projects and/or the thesis. In this case, a publication based Doctorate could be supported by the candidate.

During the Doctorate program, the student determines the area of study and programme of work with a supervisor and will be provided with appropriate research training to enable him/her to complete the programme of research. This will culminate in the preparation of a thesis which is submitted for assessment by internal and external examiners, together with an oral examination.

Research degrees may be gained by full or part-time study or a combination of the two. Many part time students choose to follow a programme of study in collaboration with their employer, with supervision being provided both by the Alliance and the place of work. All students undertaking research degrees are provided with specialist supervision from experts in the subject area. The supervisor will meet with the student on a regular basis to consider the direction of the thesis, progress with the research, drafts of material that may constitute papers and draft chapters.

Undertaking a research degree present the student with a considerable challenge both intellectually and organisationally. It is required for the student to work independently in order to acquire valuable skills, whatever the subsequent career direction.

The Research program should be specific and have depth and focus. Often, this is achieved through double supervision between schools / institutions. To complete the thesis goals, students identify and work closely with at least one faculty member, to design and implement a research project related to their academic discipline and write a thesis related to that research. They then defend their thesis during a faculty examination committee meeting that include visiting external examiners from other universities.

Minimum registration period for the new route to the Advanced Study Doctorate Degree is 24 months of full time study.

Alternative exit award is the Licentiate of Advanced study.

Tuition fees of the Higher Degree Doctorate of Advanced Study: typically 96.500 euros (special conditions apply depending on the needs of resources of each separate candidate).

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