This section contains information about postgraduate education in the UK, including national discussion papers, information and resources to provide an understanding of the postgraduate environment.
Redefining the Doctorate - Chris Park's discussion paper framing the debate over the nature of the doctorate.
Many commentators and observers believe that the time is right and the sector
is ready for a national debate in the UK on the nature of the doctorate, given
the multiple drivers for change, multiple agendas at work, and the multiple
stakeholders with an interest in both the debate and the outcome. This discussion
paper is designed to help frame and inform such a debate, which will not only
bring together the major stakeholder groups in a shared conversation but also
provide opportunities for members of the academic community to contribute to
the discussion via a series of national workshops and meetings.
Review of literature on the doctoral experience- Leonard et al's HEA Literature Review on the Doctoral Experience.
The report provides:
o an account of a producing a review of research in collaboration with the
Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Centre (EPPI-Centre): following it
guidelines, with advice from its staff, and using its software (chapter 2)
o a general map of the empirical literature that exists on the experiences of
doctoral research students in the UK (chapter 3)
o an in-depth analysis of studies focusing on the viva (chapter 4)
o an indication of the implications of existing research for policy and practice and
areas for future study (chapter 5).