Framework for Distance Research Study

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Self funded or private sponsored applicants are eligible to apply for study under the Framework for Distance Research.

Registration and Progress

Successful applicants will be registered for the programme of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and will be subject to the University's regulations for PhD.

If approved for study under this Framework, successful applicants must attend the University in person to register and to attend any induction events.

With regards to monitoring progress, all PhD Researchers are required to undertake various interim assessments throughout the duration of their programme. Those approved for study under this Framework may undertake these interim assessments via video conferencing where necessary and with agreement of the Research Director.

We recommend that 'distance' PhD Researchers aim to attend Ulster for a study visit at least once during their period of study, by arrangement with supervisors.

Supervision

At least two Ulster University supervisor(s) will be appointed for all PhD Researchers and supervision will normally only be approved by the University for those projects where there is existing research expertise at the University. In addition, external supervisor(s) may be added to the supervisory team and PhD Researchers studying at 'distance', in particular, may find this useful.

The schedule of supervisory contact for those studying at distance must be comparable in terms of substance and frequency of contact with what would normally be expected of PhD Researchers in attendance at Ulster University, albeit that such contact will be carried out via video conferencing, email communication or Skype.

The Research Director will undertake to make study space available during any such visit.

Examination

Examination procedures are as detailed in the regulations for the degree of PhD.