Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program Structure
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for a thesis, which is an integrated and coherent report that demonstrates a candidate's ability to carry out independent research; analysis and presentation of this research at the most advanced level in a particular field of study. The thesis may consist of a candidate’s published or unpublished work or a combination of both, provided this has not been used for the award of any other academic qualification.
The Doctoral PhD degree can be undertaken in the disciplines taught in the university. While the style and format of theses differ according to the conventions of their disciplines, there are some general criteria against which a thesis is assessed at its completion, namely, that the thesis as a whole should make an original contribution to the knowledge of the subject with which it deals, and the candidate should understand the relationship of the thesis to the wider context of knowledge in which it belongs.
The thesis is to be defended before a scientific committee comprised of two international examiners and two national examiners.