PhD by Publication
To satisfy the requirements of the degree of PhD, a thesis must constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge and is, in principle, worthy of peer-reviewed publication
What is it?
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering by Published Work.
A PhD awarded for the submission of a portfolio of published research to the standard of a regular PhD.
Who can apply?
Candidates may apply for the PhD by published work under Regulation 38Link opens in a new window . Candidates must be either:
- members of academic staff or administrative or library staff of equivalent status of the University and normally have been employed by the University for at least three years immediately prior to the submission of published work; or
- graduates of at least seven year’s standing normally holding a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree of PhD in Published Work, the submitted material must constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge. The material shall be clearly and concisely written and well-argued. The covering document shall explain the inter-relationship between the material presented and the significance of the published works, as a contribution to original knowledge within the relevant fields. It shall contain, as an appendix, a full bibliography of all the work published by the candidate.
A candidate must submit for examination two copies of material from a nominated field of study together with a covering document of 5,000 - 10,000 words. The covering document must explain the inter-relationship between the material presented and the significance of the published works as a contribution to original knowledge within the relevant fields. In addition, the covering document must include, as an appendix, a full bibliography of all the peer-reviewed work published by the candidate. A candidate may include with their submitted material work that has not been published only with the prior approval of the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies.
NOTE: Speculative applications are not recommended.
Candidates must make a formal application for study, details here: www.warwick.ac.uk/pgrengineering. The course is the MPhil/PhD in Engineering and candidates should state clearly on the form that they wish to be considered for the PhD by Published Works.
The degree is a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering; therefore, candidates will need a suitable academic supervisor. The candidate's portfolio of work needs to be engineering-related and be a topic related to research undertaken in the School of Engineering.
Admission for a PhD requires at least an upper second-class honours standard or the equivalent and/or a Masters degree at Merit level or its equivalent. The application form will require the following items:
- Previous degree certificate and transcripts.
- Two academic references. You should nominate referees who can provide an informed view of your academic ability and suitability for your chosen programme of study.
- English language qualification: If your first language is not English, you will be expected to obtain one of the tests accepted hereLink opens in a new window
- Candidates should then submit their full CV (this can be uploaded with their application) and copies of their publications to be considered.
- Submit between 3 - 8 publications, which will form the intellectual basis of the examination for the award, for consideration (this may vary depending on the discipline and focus of the candidate's research).
- Submissions should include further contextual information regarding the publications, including, but not limited to, the profile of journals in which articles have been published, the candidate's individual contribution to each of their publications, the number of citations, and their significance to the field.
- It is helpful to include a personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to apply for this degree.
- All documents can be uploaded to the online application form (stage 2 www.warwick.ac.uk/pgrengineering).
- The Head of the relevant department will initially consider the application submission. (S)he will appoint an Academic Advisor to provide guidance to the candidate on the presentation of the published work.
- The Academic Advisor should produce a statement which outlines the Candidate's suitability for admission to a PhD programme, an assessment of the quality of publications presented, and any further relevant details regarding the Candidate, including their employment (current or past), the area of expertise and profile within their discipline/field of research.
- If the Head of Department is satisfied with the submission, (s)he will ask that the Chair of the Faculty Education Committee consider the submission.
- If the Chair of the relevant Faculty Board is of the view that the Works are of the appropriate standard, (s)he will make a recommendation to the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies that the candidate is admitted to the PhD.
- An offer can only be made once the Chair of the Board of Graduate Studies has given his/her approval following consideration of the aforementioned recommendation.
- Candidates should be aware that a successful application does not guarantee the award of the degree – candidates are required to successfully complete the examination process as set out in the Guide to Examinations for Higher Degrees by Research.
- The normal period of registration will be for 12 months.
- Where the candidate is not a member of the staff of the University, submission for examination for the degree of PhD may be made after a minimum period of six months' registration.
- Where the candidate is a member of the staff of the University, submission for examination for the degree of PhD may be made after a minimum period of three months' registration.
- During the period of registration, students will additionally need to submit the Works to be assessed and a Covering Document of between 5,000 and 10,000 words setting out the relationship between the Works presented, the significance of the Works as a contribution to original knowledge within the relevant field, and, as an appendix, a full bibliography of all of the works ever published by the candidate.
- The normal fee is an amount equivalent to one year’s full-time fee for the traditional PhD in the relevant academic year and department regardless of the date of submission of the work.
- Research Postgraduate students Band 2 - https://warwick.ac.uk/services/finance/studentfinance/fees/pgr/Link opens in a new window
- The fee for members of staff and for graduates of the University is charged at 20% of the home full-time postgraduate research fee.
- In addition, an examination fee is levied which is set annually by the University’s Council.
All enquiries regarding applying for a PhD by published work, should be directed to the Postgraduate AdmissionsLink opens in a new window team. For detailed information on the requirements for and examination of the PhD by published work, see Regulation 38Link opens in a new window. For information on the fees for your registration for the PhD by published work, please consult Student FinanceLink opens in a new window.
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Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD)
Course code: P-H1Q2
None - applications accepted all year round.
Location of study
School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
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