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The Impact of Research Training and Research Codes of Practice on Submission of Doctoral Degrees: An Exploratory Cohort Study

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Robin Humphrey, Professor Neill Marshall, Dr Laura Leonardo


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The paper examines the impact of the transformations in UK doctoral education over the past decade on the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It focuses on the introduction of formal research training and Codes of Research Practice, and in the first longitudinal candidate cohort study examines their impact on doctoral outcomes, especially PhD submission rates. Results from this study show that engagement with research training, completion of a project outline and plan and appointment of a supervisory team were statistically positively associated with submission of the thesis within four years. It is concluded that the professionalization of doctoral education by research training and Codes of Research Practice has had a positive impact on doctoral educational outcomes.

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Author(s): Humphrey R, Marshall J, Leonardo L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Higher Education Quarterly

Year: 2012

Volume: 66

Issue: 1

Pages: 47-64

Print publication date: 15/11/2011

ISSN (print): 0951-5224

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2273

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2273.2011.00499.x


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