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The PhD by Publication is a Doctorate degree, much like a conventional PhD, but which recognizes research work carried out by entrepreneurial companies and academic organizations that lead to novel and publishable results. The PhD is offered by various accredit universities in Ukraine.

Usually this requires a minimum of three-years.  The key point is that during this time, there should be three/four publications, in literature approved by the University. These publications should be in relation to the student's thesis and area of expertise, and should develop knowledge of the subject. The award of this PhD is based purely on these three/four published works, and as such rewards on-going activities, rather than additional work.

It is different from any other PhD variation, including PhD by Published Works because it is based on works to be published. Publications include papers in high impact factor journals or full international patents. This makes it incredibly versatile, as it opens the door to all aspects of enterprise, from business and science, through to the arts.

Students on the program will have to submit a thesis in Ukrainian, Russian, German or English, and provide an oral defense of the new knowledge (philosophy) generated.

The PhD by Publication is suitable for candidates who:

  • Possess a good undergraduate degree and are eager to move up.
  • Have a few years experience working in research driven companies, and who will continue to work in the same field for the duration of their PhD or who are working on their own research or project.
  • Do not have the time to undertake Part-Time PhD studies.
  • Can utilize complementary facilities and expertise at collaborating academic institutions.
  • Can complement knowledge obtained through innovation with scientific foundation.
  • Aspire to be rewarded for efforts expended in the line of business with the highest academic qualification.

Who Benefits: A Win-Win Situation for the student and the Company

The Candidate:

  • Will increase depth of their knowledge.
  • Obtain the highest academic qualification (doctorate).
  • Network with other PhD candidates and industry partners worldwide.
  • Become internationally known in the chosen field.

The Collaborating Industry or Organization:

  • Has ready access to expertise and complementary research facilities.
  • Will benefit from one/two supervisors from an academic organization.
  • Will have access to additional technical support staff.

How does it Work:

The program is based on the following format

  • 3 inter-related projects under academic and industry co-supervision.
  • Participation in the Knowledge and Innovation Forum (annual event).
  • Publishing of 3 works (one patent is acceptable).

Novelty of works is assessed by journal editorial boards and/or patent agencies

The Thesis includes:

  • 3-4 publications.
  • An introductory chapter that binds the 3 works to establish a new “philosophy”.
  • Conclusions and Further recommendations chapter.
  • Interview facing a panel of experts.
  • Assessment of the contributions to new knowledge created by the candidate.

Participation at University events

The student is required to go to the University 2 to 3 times, at least once at the beginning and once at the end where they will reply to questions in relation to their thesis to a five-member committee. Three members of the committee are representatives of Bolton University and the other two members are external associates. During the first year the supervisor directs the student as to how they should do their research. There are many subjects, which the student may select for their thesis.

  1. Postgraduate Induction Programme
    • Annual 2 days event to familiarize students with research practice codes, especially publishing and IPR.
  2. Research Forum
    • Monthly half day event where candidates in the same field present their findings to colleagues and industry.
  3. Research and Innovation Forum
    • Annual 4 days conference / networking event.
    • Paper presentations by all PhD candidates.
    • Proceedings are book bound.
    • Poster presentations.
    • Business plan competition in groups with DBAs and MBAs.
    • Prizes and awards presentation.

The Award of Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral Degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.
  • A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice.
  • The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.
  • A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • Make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches.

And holders will have:

  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments.

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