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Continental Style PhDs

  • Date: 6 February 2018
  • Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Venue: The Graduate School Training Room room 4.09
  • Presenter: Alan Costall

In many European countries, standard PhD dissertations are based on a collection of published or potentially publishable articles, written in a concise journal style during the course of registration for the degree.  This approach can lead to more publications, better completion rates and greater potential employability for the PhD students who complete this style of thesis.

In the continental style thesis there is usually a brief introduction setting out the ‘thesis’ being defended, summarising the following chapters and explaining how they relate to one another. There is no large, separate, literature review; instead each chapter has a self-contained paper / article-like structure.  There usually is a short summary and discussion chapter at the end. (N.B. This format for the PhD may not fit all subject areas.)

Unlike the PhD by Publication route, continental style theses are completed during a normal period of PhD registration.

This session will outline the structure of the continental PhD thesis as employed in the University’s Department of Psychology in the last 10 years.  The many advantages of this form of thesis will be discussed as will be the potential challenges for supervisors, students and examiners.  Examples of theses developed using this model will be available and you will hear from staff and students who have experienced this type of PhD thesis.

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