The Bachelor of Advanced Study is an award not related to the academic discipline of research; one can pursue this type of award in any discipline. This award usually involves considerable research effort, either through a thesis or supervised research projects. This new type of TopUp award is equivalent to the standard Bachelor’s degree, based on UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 6 a student would receive.
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 student determines the area of study and programme of work with the 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.
In order to receive the Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree, one must fulfil the requirements (general education and two years of undergraduate study (UK RQF Level 5 or equivalent) of any recognised Academic institution worldwide.
The Bachelor of Advanced Studies is an individually tailored, research-based undergraduate degree. Our Institution has put two requirements: (1) a demanding program of research study proposed by the student and approved by our Institution and the collaborative institution from the Alliance – and (2) independent research, culminating in the production of an undergraduate thesis or supervised research projects of smaller extend.
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.
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 may include visiting external examiners from other universities.
Tuition fees of the one year TopUp Bachelor of Advanced Study award: typically 35.500 euros (special conditions apply depending on the needs of resources of each separate candidate).