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University of Portsmouth Research Supervision Events

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (GMT)

Continental Style PhDs

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Feb 7, 2017 Free  

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Continental Style PhDs

February 7th 2017, 1.00 - 3.00 pm

Training Room 4.09, Graduate School, St Andrew's Court

In many European counrties, standard PhD dissertations are based on a collection of published or potentially publishable articles, written in a concise journal style during the course of registration for the degree. This approach can lead to more publications, better completion rates and greater potential employability for the PhD students who complete this style of thesis.


In the continental style thesis there is usually a brief introduction setting out the ‘thesis’ being defended, summarising the following chapters and explaining how they relate to one another. There is no large, separate, literature review; instead each chapter has a self-contained paper / article-like structure. There usually is a short summary and discussion chapter at the end. (N.B. This format for the PhD may not fit all subject areas.)

Unlike the PhD by Publication route, continental style theses are completed during a normal period of PhD registration.


This session will outline the structure of the continental PhD thesis as employed in the University’s Department of Psychology in the last 10 years. The many advantages of this form of thesis will be discussed as will be the potential challenges for supervisors, students and examiners. Examples of theses developed using this model will be available and you will hear from staff and students who have experienced this type of PhD thesis.


PLEASE NOTE: This event is currently open only to Portsmouth University affiliated staff.


A full programme can be found on our Moodle page.

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Training room 4.09, Graduate School, ST Andrew's Court
St Michael's Road
PO1 2PR Portsmouth
United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (GMT)

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Taken as a whole these sessions are about the professionalisation of supervision in the university, and sharing your knowledge and experiences in a supportive environment. If you are currently supervising students, the university expects you to undertake at least one session of supervision development during the year (even if it is not through one of these Graduate School events).   With an average evaluation rating of 4.5/5 across the sessions, I hope you’ll also find them well delivered and entertaining!


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