The PhD is the highest studied-for degree awarded by the University of Canterbury (UC). The UC PhD is completed by thesis only, and the normal time-frame for the PhD degree is three years full-time study (four-five years part-time). The PhD examination comprises independent evaluation of the submitted thesis by two expert examiners, followed by an oral examination. The oral examination is usually conducted by vdieo-link, although a face-to-face examination can be arranged if approved by the Dean. Normally the oral examination is only attended by one of the thesis examiners.
Examiners are asked to provide their evaluation of the submitted thesis on the form available below. Examiners are requested on this form to comment on the extent to which the thesis meets the criteria for the award of the PhD (see below), to detail any required amendments, to identify questions to be addressed in the oral examination, and provide any additional comments or guidance to the candidate.
Criteria for the award of the PhD
The research reported is an original contribution to knowledge/understanding in its field
- The research reported meets internationally recognised standards for the doctoral research in its field
- The thesis demonstrates knowledge of literature relevant to the field to which it belongs, and the ability to exercise critical and analytical judgment of that literature
- The research is satisfactory in its methodology, in the quality and coherence of its expression, and in its scholarly presentation and format
The following recommendations can be made
- The candidate be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy subject to satisfactory completion of specified amendments and/or satisfactory performance in the oral examination
- The candidate be invited to revise and resubmit the thesis for ex-examination prior to proceeding to the oral examination (note that this option can only be offered on one occasion)
- The candidate not be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy but be offered instead an appropriate master's degree
- The candidate not be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy but be offered instead an appropriate master's degree after satisfactory completion of specified amendments
- no degree be awarded to the candidate
It is expected that, in most cases, if the recommendation is that the candidate proceed to an oral examination the amendments to the written text required will be relatively minor.