U.K. PhD by research, a partial list

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    • To award the research doctorates under distance supervision is a common practice in United Kingdom. Listed below are the universities which offer DL doctorates with or without residency. For research & teaching quality of each institution, please check Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). It is an UK nation-wide quality assessment conducted once every five years.
    1. Aston University
    2. Coventry University
    3. De Montfort University
    4. www.le.ac.uk
    5. International Management Centres
    6. Anglia Polytechnic University(Some PhD by publication)
    7. Keele University (Industrial Relations)
    8. Lancaster University (PhD by published work; Candidates for the degree of Ph.D. by submission of published work must be members of staff at Lancaster University)
    9. Leeds Metropolitan University
    10. Manchester Metropolitan University
    11. Middlesex University
    12. Open University
    13. Oxford Brookes University (short residency doctorates and PhD by published work)
    14. South Bank University
    15. Thames Valley University
    16. University of Aberdeen
    17. University of Buckingham (PhD by published work. Candidates seeking the degree of DPhil on the basis of published work must be graduates of the University of Buckingham or members of staff of the University of Buckingham.)
    18. University of Bradford
    19. University of Brighton
    20. University of Derby (PhD by Published Work)
    21. University of Dundee
    22. University of Durham
    23. University of Edinburgh
    24. University of Essex (Language & Linguistics)
    25. University of Glamorgan (by Publication or Portfolio)
    26. University of Glasgow
    27. University of Greenwich (PhD by Published Work)
    28. University of Kent
    29. University of London (only accepts its own graduates)
    30. University of Luton
    31. Leedsmet University
    32. University of Manchester (PhD by Published Work; A significant proportion of the work presented must have been carried out while the candidate was employed as a member of the academic staff of this University.)
    33. University of Newcastle
    34. University of Salford (Corporate Communications Management)
    35. University of Sheffield (Research Away Program)
    36. University of Stirling
    37. University of Strathclyde
    38. University of Sunderland
    39. University of Surrey Roehampton - PhD by Published Works
    40. University of Sussex - Professional Doctorate in Education
    41. University of Teesside - by distance learning or completed work
    42. University of Ulster - PhD by Published Work and distance learning
    43. University of the West of England
      University of Wales (read the comments about part-time external study)
    44. University of Warwick
    45. University of Westminster
    Some will have more stringent residency. Oxford-Brookes wants six weeks a year (asking).
    Bradford and Leedsmet have discounted international tuition for those doiing research in their home country. Remember it takes $2 for one pound.
     
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    Programme length

    7.2.1 A full-time candidate shall normally reach the standard for MPhil within two years of registration and for PhD within three years and pro-rata for part-time.

    7.2.2 The thesis must be submitted within the following minimum and maximum periods of registration:

    Minimum Maximum
    MPhil

    full-time 2 years 3 years
    part-time 3 years 4 years

    PhD (via transfer from MPhil registration and including that period of MPhil registration)
    full-time 3 years 5 years
    part-time 4 years 6 years

    PhD (direct)
    full-time 2 years 5 years
    part-time 3 years 6 years

    Research Component of the Professional Doctorate
    3 years 4 years


    With the proper masters degree (qualify for PhD direct registration) it might be possible to complete a PhD in 2 years at Oxford-Brookes or University of Bath ...
     
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    In Britain, the perceived difference between a university like Edinburgh and one like (say) Middlesex or Teeside or (shutter) Thames Valley is about the difference between Harvard and Peru State in the US.

    There are competing ranking systems of UK universities. Usually they are called "League Tables" after the football leagues. Some of the tables are broken down into subjects. Obviously this ranking in controversial but everyone agrees that it acts as a self-fulling prophecy at least. The best students apply to schools that rank high in League Tables, which makes them better schools.

    Here's a general article about the subject from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_tables_of_British_universities

    Guardian
    http://education.guardian.co.uk/universityguide2008/0,,2027789,00.html

    Times http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/gug/gooduniversityguide.php

    Financial Times (this is older)
    http://specials.ft.com/universities2001/FT3HLLAN6LC.html

    The Sunday Times http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/stug2006/stug2006.pdf

    Telegraph (this one combines the tables from 5 other newspapers!)
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/graphics/2003/06/27/unibigpic.jpg

    THES also publishes one.

    Here's a comment about League Tables

    http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/faqs/showFaq.asp?ID=6

    (In the interests of full disclosure, I need to state that I am a graduate of a university that ranks very, very high in all League Tables. Consequently I have high regard for them.)
     
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    Jon,

    Will any of these universities accept your book as published work?
     
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    Possibly, but my book is not really academic writing. It would be a stretch. I am also considering higher ed and adult learning management, so the topic does not conform either.
     
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    Thanks, I will check it out. Today is my 4 hour MBA class and predictably I must finish a paper for my present work.

    I'll play PhD research student tomorrow.
     
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    It's two for one now, but if one is paying fees for several years that exchange rate may continue to move in the wrong direction. In fact, my perception that UK universities would be too expensive is one reason that I've focused on South African schools instead -- same model, very different fees.

    I'll admit, however, that's not a perception based on extensive research. I looked at a few British programs, saw the price tag, and balked. If anyone is aware of any schools in the UK that offer external doctoral programs that have low fees I'd love to hear about it.

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    I suppose if you can get the money in one pile you could keep it in a U.K. bank? The exchange rate has been worse for us every month for the past few months.

    The South Africa thing is good, but airfare is $2900 to SA and $1,000 to U.K. I don't think I want a totally distance degree. I plan to be involved with my university in the U.K.

    The U.K. degree (depending on whether you get an OSRS) will be from $22,000 (3 years EU rate) or $66,000 International rate. (rates are dollars based on todays exchange rate). Only three trips to SA is $9,000.
     
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    Steve,

    You are probably aware of this, but just to add it to the thread my limited research shows that most PhDs by research completed part time by external students run in the vicinity of GBP 3000 per year. Over the course of 4-6 years at the present (and as you pointed out varying) exchange rate plus some travel costs you have to figure that said PhD will run you close to $40,000.

    Edit to add: that is at the international student rate.
     
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    Right and meanwhile, an American student with existing student loans, like me, cannot defer those loans if going through a foreign institution as a distance student but can defer them if going through a domestic one. That's a factor as well.

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    http://www.internationalstudentloan.com/foreign_enrolled/stafford-loan/#grad

    This page seems to indicate you can defer loans. You would have to check if "Distance learning" is a problem.

    The $40 K estimate seems about right.
     
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    Good list, I made this thread a sticky since the question of research doctorates comes up so much.
     
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    Keeping in line with UK research PHDs, it looks the University of the West Indies has a similar program. There is an in person defence of thesis, but a week in Jamacia could be a vacation.

    http://www.mona.uwi.edu/postgrad/programmes/index.htm




    Distance Programmes

    The Mona Campus offers the following programmes by distance
    • MSc Counselling
    • Master in Education (MEd)
    • MSc in Family Medicine.



    Research Degrees

    The principal research degrees are Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). In addition, the Faculty of Medical Sciences offers the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Research Degrees involve independent study, assisted by a Supervisor, and the production of a thesis. The essential difference between the Master and Doctoral levels, apart from the length of the registration period, lies in the quality of a successful PhD thesis. This must be judged to be the result of original research, to be an addition to knowledge and to be worthy of publication either in full or in an abridged form. The award of a PhD degree also requires that a candidate defend their thesis at a public oral examination.

    Research degrees now contain a taught element. The intention of these courses is to provide students with research techniques and skills that will not only help them to complete their current research topic, but strengthen their practical application skills for life after university.

    We recognise the considerable personal and financial investment that students make in deciding to pursue a higher degree and therefore note that it is extremely important that the choice made suits individual needs and preferences. If you decide to pursue a research degree, it is also important that the thesis topic chosen is of genuine and sustainable interest.

    Contact us: E-mail [email protected];
    Fax No. (876) 977-7427;
    Telephone Nos. (876) 935-8263, 935-8708, 935-8995.
     
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    Jamaica, Barbados, or Trinidad, as they each have a UWI campus and they are administratively distinct. Unless you're a citizen of a Caribbean country, however, UWI isn't any cheaper than a university in the UK. (I am, though, and yes, UWI's on my consideration list.)

    Belize and Guyana do not participate in the UWI system and thus have their own national universities. Neither, however, has doctoral programs.

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    More Links

    Some more links pointing at colleges and universities offering research doctorates.

    Exeter - Leadership Research

    Leicester - Center for Labor Market Studies

    Sussex - International EdD
     
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    I think that in the US, there's little or no difference in name-recognition for UK universities except for Oxbridge, UCL, Imperial. the LSE, maybe Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews (both because of the golf course and one of the Princes went there).

    Therefore, in terms of being hired for an academic position in the US, I don't think the "League Tables" mean much once you're out of the top ten or so. In the UK, of course, they mean a great deal.

    If one is interested in this, that Sunderland is in the "Fourth" (bottom) division according to the "Table of Tables" by The Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/graphics/2003/06/27/unibigpic.jpg which shows the rankings in each of the 6 systems.
     
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    I agree, most Americans categorize UK universities as Oxbridge and "other". Same with Canada -- Americans generally have no idea what's good up there. But at the same time I think people generally find those educational systems are okay, so the conversation would be something like this:

    Canadian: My degree is from Dalhousie.
    American: Where's that?
    Canadian: Halifax.
    American: Where's that?
    Canadian: Er, Nova Scotia.
    American: Where's that?
    Canadian: (sighs) Canada.
    American: Oh, cool, must be okay then.

    -=Steve=-
     
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    Do any major Canadian universities offer research-only doctorates, or doctorates done by distance (besides often-mentioned ones like Athabasca)?
     
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    The University of Calgary has an online EdD that looks pretty good, but if you're American it will run you almost US$50,000 as things are now and the exchange rate seems to be ever worsening.

    -=Steve=-
     

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