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Section: PhDs and research degrees
We award higher doctorates to people who demonstrate original, substantial and distinguished contributions to the knowledge, understanding, practice or creative achievement in any branch of learning in our faculties.
Higher doctorates we award include:
Higher doctorates are recommended by the Research Degrees Committee, and awarded by the University Academic Board.
Higher doctorates are normally awarded for a lifetime of contribution to a particular field of study.
To apply for the higher doctorate, you need to apply in writing to the Dean of Research and Research Training.
Your application must follow the higher doctorate guidelines (PDF file, 93 KB), and include your:
The faculty will appoint a committee to determine whether:
The committee will tell the Dean of Research and Research Training whether they accept your work for examination. The Dean of Research and Research Training will notify you of the committee's decision.
If your application is successful, the Dean of Research and Research Training will organise an examination process, consisting of at least 2 external examiners.
You must provide evidence of outstanding scholarship, and an original, substantial and distinguished contribution to knowledge in your field.
You'll need to state the sources that influence your research, and to identify original work and any joint publications.
The examiners will evaluate your submission. If they believe that the work meets the requirements for a higher doctorate, they will notify the Research Degrees Committee via the Dean of Research and Research Training. The decision must be unanimous and without conditions.
If you're successful, the University Academic Board will award you the higher doctorate.
Higher doctorate guidelines (PDF file, 93 KB)
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