1 11.3 Cardiff Metropolitan University REGULATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL DOCTORATES DBA DBMS EdD DEBP D Comp Sci DHealth D Info Sys SportD D Tourism MASTER OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE MProfPrac Academic Handbook 2015/16 Volume Regulations for Professional Doctorates introduced modified modified , , , last modified
2 Cardiff Metropolitan University Regulations for Professional Doctorates and Master of Professional Practice (MProfPrac) Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Research degrees Covered by these Regulations 3. Eligibility and Modes of Study 4. Entrance Requirements 5. Enrolment 6. Transfer of Enrolment from Another Institution 7. Matriculation 8. Approval 9. Date of Commencement 10. Programme Structure 11. Appointment of Supervisors and Advisors 12. Thesis and Portfolio 13. Progress, Monitoring and Reports 14. Examination Boards for Thesis and Portfolio 15. Examination of the Thesis and Portfolio 16. Appeals against decisions of Examination Boards 17. Appeals against decisions of Research Degrees Committee 18. Relationship between Appeals Procedures and Complaints Procedures
3 1. Introduction 1.1 These pages comprise the regulatory framework for the degrees of DBA, DBMS, D Comp Sci, EdD, DEBP, DHealth, D Info Sys, SportD, D Tourism and MProfPrac of Cardiff Metropolitan University. A separate framework sets out the regulations for the degrees of PhD and MPhil by Research and of PhD by Published Works 1.2 The regulatory framework seeks to embody nationally recognised good practice as recommended from time to time, and policies and/or codes of practice of the Quality Assurance Agency, funding councils and research councils. The framework is therefore subject to annual review and is amended from time to time in accordance with the requirements of the Academic Board to reflect the Institution s experience of it. 1.3 Candidates for the Professional Doctorates at Cardiff Metropolitan University are required to undergo a programme of induction and training in research methodology during the period of their research and to maintain a Personal Development Portfolio. 1.4 The University s quality assurance system, of which these regulations form part, is subject to periodic review, and aims to: ensure standards that are comparable with those of other UK higher education establishments and consistent with the Quality Assurance Agency Framework for Higher Education Qualifications and ensure that the quality of provision gives candidates a fair and reasonable chance to gain a qualification in an acceptable timeframe. 1.5 Regulations for the format, binding and submission of theses are set out in the appendix hereto. 1.6 Candidates are required to familiarise themselves with the contents of the Professional Doctorate Student Handbook and the University s Code of Practice for Research Degrees, as well as the relevant parts of the Academic Handbook. The Research Student Handbook and the University s Code of Practice for Research Degrees give further advice and guidance but are subordinate to these regulations. These documents are available from Research and Enterprise Services online at: 2. Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Degrees covered by these Regulations
4 2.1 Doctor of Biomedical Sciences (DBMS) Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Doctor of Computer Science (D Comp Sci) Doctor of Ecological Building Practices (DEBP) Doctor of Education (EdD) Doctor of Health (DHealth) Doctor of Information Systems (D Info Sys) Doctor of Sport (SportD) Doctor of Tourism (D Tourism) The degree of Doctor under these regulations may be awarded in recognition of the successful completion of an approved taught course, together with successful completion of further study and research, the results of which are judged to constitute an original contribution to learning and to give evidence of systematic study and of ability to relate the results of such study to the general body of knowledge in the subject. In judging the merit of a thesis and portfolio submitted in candidature for the degree, the examiners shall bear in mind the scope of the work previously completed on the programme and the standard and scope of work for the thesis which it is reasonable to expect a capable and diligent student to present after a period of parttime study. The degree of Doctor may not be conferred honoris causa. 2.2 Master of Professional Practice (MProfPrac) The degree of Master of Professional practice (MProfPrac) under these regulations may be awarded to candidates who have demonstrated: a systematic understanding of knowledge and originality in its application; critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of an area of professional practice; a conceptual and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge that enables the candidate to critically evaluate current research/advanced scholarship in the discipline area, to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and new hypotheses as appropriate; and a comprehensive understanding of techniques of research and enquiry applicable to his/her own research. 3. Eligibility and Modes of Study 3.1 Research students are required to matriculate, where they have not already done so, maintain their enrolment, pay all applicable fees and pursue an approved research project for the minimum period set out for one of the modes of study permitted in paragraph 3.2 of these regulations below. 3.2 A candidate may qualify for a Doctoral Degree by Examination and Thesis (Professional Doctorate) by pursuit of parttime study and research in a professional context.
5 4. Entrance Requirements 4.1. Students shall normally progress onto the Professional Doctorate programme having completed 120 credits through taught modules at Level 7 (M), as part of an MA, MSc or MBA programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University. 4.2 Applicants may be granted exception from the above Master's level study in the following situations: (i) (ii) (iii) The applicant holds a Master's degree of an approved University obtained by research or advanced study which included a 20 credit research methods module, and which, in the judgment of the Research Degrees Committee, provided sufficient academic background to permit the completion of the Professional Doctorate. The applicant has completed a minimum of one year's fulltime or two year's parttime supervised postgraduate work in the same academic discipline, which included appropriate Research Methods training, deemed to be satisfactory to the Research Degrees Committee to permit the completion of the Professional Doctorate. The applicant can otherwise provide the Research Degrees Committee with satisfactory evidence, equivalent to (i) or (ii) above that he or she has sufficient relevant expertise, experience or qualification beyond graduation for the purposes of completing the Professional Doctorate. In any of the above cases the Director of Research of the relevant School will take whatever steps are deemed necessary, including calling for academic references, to determine the candidate s academic attainment and suitability to undertake research. 4.3 Claims for AP(E)L shall be assessed by the School's Professional Doctorate Committee following counselling of the student by a member of the proposed supervisory team (see also 4.2(iii) above). 4.4 In addition to the above entrance requirements, candidates must be capable of satisfying the Director of Research of the relevant School with regard to their proficiency in English or Welsh at a level necessary to complete the programme of work in the chosen language and to prepare and defend a thesis in that language. Proficiency in English of overseas candidates whose first language is not English is normally evidenced by a minimum IELTS score (or equivalent) of 6.5 at entry with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and written components. Candidates will be asked to provide such evidence as is deemed sufficient by the relevant School.
6 5. Enrolment 5.1 A candidate for a research degree is required to complete an official Cardiff Metropolitan University enrolment form and produce formal identification documents. Upon enrolment the candidate will be responsible for the payment of fees. 5.2 A candidate must enrol as a parttime student, and pay the appropriate fee prescribed. 6. Transfer of Enrolment from another Institution 6.1 Where research has been conducted under supervision at another university before the candidate enrols at Cardiff Metropolitan University that earlier research may contribute to the work submitted in the thesis. In such a case the majority of the work submitted in the thesis must be in relation to research conducted at Cardiff Metropolitan University after enrolment. 6.2 In considering an application for transfer the Research Degrees Committee will require: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) a letter of agreement from the previous institution; a copy of the original approved research project; a progress report from the supervisor; the date of original enrolment; the title of the research project and the names and addresses of supervisors. 7. Matriculation 7.1 Matriculation is the formal validation of a candidate s qualifications for a scheme of study leading to a degree or other academic award. Candidates who are not graduates of the University of Wales are required to matriculate before enrolment. Details of the process for matriculation may be obtained from the University s Academic Registry. 7.2 Candidates who do not matriculate are not eligible to submit for the degree. 8. Approval 8.1 Following enrolment candidates for a research degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University must obtain the approval of the University s
7 Research Degrees Committee for the research project as described on the Research Degree Proposal form. 8.2 The University s Research Degrees Committee may approve research degree projects or may withhold approval on academic grounds including inadequate or inappropriate research methodology or facilities. 9. Date of Commencement The date of commencement of a Professional Doctorate programme is the date of commencement on the Contextualising Professional Change and Development module. 10. Programme Structure A candidate for the degree shall follow a taught scheme of study (which may include periods of approved professional/industrial practice and training), together with a programme of research for the duration prescribed, and subsequently will be required to present himself/herself for an examination. 11 Appointment of Supervisors and Advisors 11.1 Each candidate must have not less than two supervisors approved by the Research Degrees Committee. One of the supervisors must be the Director of Studies who shall have overall responsibility for the work of the supervising team and at least one member of the supervising team must be a member of the academic staff One member of the supervisory team must have experience of supervising a research degree to successful completion and recent research activity in the research project s subject area, as well as such other expertise as is required to complete the supervisory duties of the team In addition to the supervisory team, a workbased mentor shall be appointed as an advisor to the supervisory team to facilitate the progress of the programme in the organisation. 12. Thesis and Portfolio 12.1 The programme shall be completed by the presentation of a thesis and a portfolio of supporting material embodying the methods and results of the research Both thesis examination and viva must be passed in order to qualify for the degree.
8 12.3 A candidature shall lapse if a Professional Doctorate thesis and portfolio is not submitted, in the form and manner prescribed by regulation, or modules for the MProfPrac are not completed: (a) Professional Doctorate thesis and portfolio: Parttime candidates: Within nine years of the date of initial enrolment. (b) MProfPrac Modules: Parttime candidates: Within five years of the date of initial enrolment. The above timelimits may be extended by the University, but in exceptional cases only. A reasoned application, supported by appropriate independent evidence, must be submitted by the candidate s School for consideration by the Research Degrees Committee If any part of the programme is to be conducted externally to the University, the provisions of the Research Degrees Code of Practice shall apply Candidates shall sign a declaration to certify that the work submitted has not been accepted in substance for any degree or award, and is not being submitted concurrently in candidature for any degree or other award. The signed declaration shall be included in all copies of the works submitted for examination Every candidate s research shall be completed by the presentation of a thesis which embodies the methods and results of the research. A properly constituted Examination Board is required to conduct an oral examination of a candidate for a Professional Doctorate who submits a thesis and portfolio for examination. This requirement might, however, be waived at the discretion of the Examination Board, when an examination of a resubmitted thesis and portfolio is being conducted The form of submission and examination of the thesis and portfolio shall conform with the University's Regulations for the Submission and Examination of Research Theses, attached as an appendix to these Regulations. 13. Progress, Monitoring and Reports 13.1 The School s Director of Research, through the process in 13.2 below will establish at least annually whether the candidate is: (i) still actively engaged on the research project and making progress;
9 (ii) (iii) maintaining regular and frequent contact with the supervisory team; likely to complete successfully within the normal permissible timescale and recommend to the Research Degrees Committee whether progress is satisfactory and whether reenrolment be permitted This process requires that the candidate and the supervisory team submit an annual monitoring report to the School s Director of Research giving details of the progress made with the project, the frequency of formal (and informal) supervisory meetings, and the planned timetable for the successful completion of the project. The annual monitoring report contains sections which are to be completed by the candidate and sections which are to be completed by the supervisory team; although the report is normally submitted as a joint report, either the candidate or the supervisory team may decide that independent reports will be submitted Where the report indicates that factors impeding progress have prevented the achievement of the expected objectives for the year, the School s Director of Research will exercise his or her academic judgement in deciding whether, in the circumstances, progress has been satisfactory and the planned timetable is realistic After consideration of the recommendation from the Director of Research of the School, the Research Degrees Committee must either approve the progress report or determine that progress has not been satisfactory A candidate may only reenrol after the Research Degrees Committee has approved the progress report. Where the Research Degrees Committee has determined that progress has not been satisfactory, the candidate s enrolment is terminated. The candidate may appeal against this decision (see paragraph 18 below). 14. The Examination Board for the Thesis and Portfolio 14.1 The function of the Examination Board is to ascertain that the thesis and portfolio submitted for the award is at the appropriate standard for the award and that the thesis and portfolio is the work of the candidate Except as provided below, an Examination Board must be comprised as follows: Chair & Convenor Internal Examiner External Examiner
10 In the case of a fulltime member of staff the Examination Board composition must be: Chair & Convenor External Examiner External Examiner The Chair and Convenor must be the Dean of the School in which the candidate is enrolled or the Dean s nominee A candidate s supervisor must not be appointed internal examiner although the supervisor may with the prior consent of the candidate be invited to attend the oral examination Where it is impossible to appoint an appropriate internal examiner from within the University an internal examiner from another University in Wales may be appointed Where, in exceptional circumstances, it proves impossible to appoint an internal examiner either from within the University or from another University in Wales, the ViceChancellor may, on the recommendation of the Research Degrees Committee, appoint a second external examiner nominated by that Board in lieu of an internal examiner The external examiner must be aware of the nature and purpose of the degree for which the candidate is being examined and must possess specialist knowledge and expertise in the area of the research project as well as experience in examining research degrees. 15. Examination of the Thesis and Portfolio 15.1 Candidates for the degrees of Professional Doctorate are examined on their theses and any portfolios of work submitted The examination process consists of two stages: (i) (ii) preliminary independent examination of the thesis and portfolio by the internal and external examiners, who prepare independent interim reports on the thesis and portfolio, The examiners interim report on the thesis and portfolio should be received by the Academic Registry within six weeks of the examiners receipt of the thesis and portfolio; an oral examination conducted by an Examination Board The oral examination may only be waived in the case of a resubmitted thesis and portfolio and at the discretion of the Examination Board, in which case the decision of the Board is based on the examination of the thesis and portfolio by the examiners.
11 15.4 Recommendations Available to Examination Boards (Professional Doctorates) Following the oral examination the Examination Board is required to provide a report on the examination and to make one of the following recommendations: (i) (ii) (iii)* (iv) (v)* (vi) that the candidate be approved for the doctoral degree sought. that the candidate be approved for the doctoral degree sought subject to the satisfactory completion of such minor corrections and amendments as may be required by the Examination Board. Corrections and amendments shall be completed within a period to be decided by the Examination Board, but normally within twelve working weeks from the date of official notification to the candidate of the outcome of the Examination Board. The Examination Board may stipulate that the corrections made shall be scrutinised by either or both of the examiners prior to the award process being initiated. that the candidate be not approved for the doctoral degree sought but be allowed to modify the thesis and portfolio and resubmit it for the doctoral degree on payment of a resubmission fee. A candidate may be allowed a single opportunity to resubmit the work. The resubmission should take place within a period not exceeding two years. that the candidate be not approved for the doctoral degree sought but be approved instead for the award of the Taught Master's degree specified for the programme of study (e.g. MProfPrac), provided that the submitted work fulfils the requirements for the degree, subject to completion of such minor corrections as may be required by the Examination Board. Corrections should be completed normally within a period of four working weeks. The Board may stipulate that the corrections shall be scrutinised by either/both examiner(s) prior to the award process being initiated. that the candidate be not approved for the doctoral degree sought, but be allowed to modify the thesis and portfolio and resubmit it for the award of the Taught Master's degree specified for the programme of study (e.g. MProfPrac) on payment of the examination fee. A candidate may be allowed a single opportunity to resubmit the work. The resubmission should take place within a period not exceeding one year. that the candidate be not approved for the award of a degree.
12 *Options (iii) and (v) are not applicable when a resubmitted thesis and portfolio is being examined Recommendations Available to Examination Boards (MProfPrac) The degree of MProfPrac may be awarded upon successful completion of the following modules: Contextualising Professional Change and Development; Advanced Research (Literature Review); Advanced Research (Research Design and Project Management) and PDP. The Examination Board may permit up to three attempts at any module. 16. Appeals against decisions of Examination Boards Candidates for a Professional Doctorate programme may appeal under the Appeals Procedure for research degree candidates set out in Paragraph 18 of the University's Research Degree Regulations. 17 Appeals Against Decisions of the Research Degrees Committee 17.1 A candidate for a Professional Doctorate may appeal against a decision of the Research Degrees Committee where the Committee has: (i) (ii) not accepted a research proposal for enrolment purposes or not accepted the proposal at the anticipated level; recommended that enrolment should be terminated following receipt of an unsatisfactory monitoring report and/or repeated noncomplicance with the requirements of monitoring The candidate may appeal against the decision to reject a research degree proposal if the decision is based on entrance requirements or project specification To appeal against a decision under paragraph 17.1 (i) above the candidate must write to the University s Academic Registry (Ref: Appeals) detailing the grounds of appeal in full. Such appeal is to be made within two months of notification by the Committee of the decision against which the candidate wishes to appeal. The Academic Registry is to arrange for written independent opinion external to the University which in the case of project specification will be an expert in the field from another higher education establishment. The results of such enquiry are to be final and must be notified by the Academic Registry directly to the candidate and the Chair of the Research Degrees Committee and is to be final To appeal against the termination of enrolment under paragraph 17.1 (ii) above the candidate must write to the University s Academic Registry (Ref: Appeals) detailing the grounds of appeal in full. Such appeal is to be made within two weeks of notification by the Committee
13 of the decision against which the candidate wishes to appeal. Upon receipt of the case for appeal the Academic Registry must conduct an appropriate investigation and thereafter refer the case to a member of the ViceChancellor s Board for decision. The decision must be communicated by the Academic Registry to the candidate and to the Chair of the Research Degrees Committee and is to be final Appeals under paragraph 17 shall normally be determined within three months of receipt of the notice of appeal. 18. Relationship between Appeal Procedures and the Complaints Procedure 18.1 The Cardiff Metropolitan University individual Complaints Procedure for students is set out in the Student Handbook and is applicable to research degrees candidates In the event of alleged inadequate supervision candidates should invoke the Complaints Procedure as soon as there appears to be cause for complaint and should not await the outcome of examination by the Examination Board The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (the OIA) has been designated by the National Assembly for Wales from 1 January 2005 as the operator of an independent scheme in Wales for the review of student complaints. Once all the relevant Cardiff Metropolitan University procedures above have been exhausted a candidate may submit a complaint to the OIA. Any such complaint must be submitted by sending a completed scheme application form together with all relevant information to the OIA within three months of the date on the Completion of Procedures Letter from the University on completion of its internal procedures. A scheme application form can be obtained from Cardiff Metropolitan University s Academic Registry (REF: RGT), downloaded from the OIA website or by telephoning or writing to the OIA. The contact details for the OIA are as follows: OIA for HE, Third Floor, Kings Reach, 3850 Kings Road, Reading RG1 3AA TEL:
14 Appendix Format, Binding and Submission of Theses 1. Format of the Thesis 1.1 A candidate s research for a Professional Doctorate is to be completed by the presentation of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research. 1.2 The thesis is to be written in English, except where the candidate has been given permission at enrolment to submit the thesis in the Welsh language, in which case the thesis may be written in Welsh. Brief quotations in foreign languages are permitted. 1.3 The length of the Professional Doctorate thesis must be appropriate to the subject area covered, and should normally be approximately 40,000 words; it is not to exceed 60,000 words. A thesis of greater length than stated above may be submitted only with the approval of the Research Degrees Committee. A request to exceed the specified maximum must be made to the Research Degrees Committee well in advance of the notification of submission of the thesis. 1.4 There is no specification for the internal format of the thesis, but the structure should be discussed with the supervisors and is to be the structure most appropriate to the subject area. Examiners will expect a thesis to be well presented with a consistent system of indexing and referencing throughout the work. 1.5 All copies of theses, whether for the purpose of examination or for deposit in libraries, must be presented in permanent and legible form in typescript or print and the characters employed in the main text (but not necessarily in illustrations, maps etc) shall be not less than 12pt; characters employed in all other texts, notes, footnotes, etc, shall be not less than 10pt. Typing must be capable of photographic reproduction and of even quality with clear black characters. Double or oneandahalf spacing is to be used in the main text and single spacing is be used in the summary and in any indented quotations and footnotes. 1.6 Drawings and sketches must be in black ink; unnecessary details are to be omitted and the scale is to be such that the minimum space between lines is not less than 1mm. Colour graphics for charts, diagrams etc and colour photographs may be used, but candidates must in all cases ensure that material is capable of being photocopied and microfilmed. Copies produced by xerographic or comparable permanent processes are acceptable. Theses are to be produced on A4 paper (297mm x 210mm) of good quality and sufficient opacity for normal reading.
15 1.7 The minimum widths of margins are to be: Inside margin 40mm Top and outside margin 15mm Bottom margin 20mm Pages are to be numbered consecutively. A contents list and table of illustrations (if any) must be provided. 1.8 The thesis must contain within its binding: (i) an abstract not exceeding three hundred words to be located at the front of the thesis; (ii) a statement, signed by the candidate, showing to what extent the work submitted is the result of the candidate s own investigation; (iii) a declaration, signed by the candidate, certifying that the work has not already been accepted in substance for any degree and is not being concurrently submitted in candidature for any degree; (iv) a signed statement regarding the availability of the thesis (see paragraph 1.11 below). 1.9 The thesis must carry on its title page: (i) the author s full name and degrees; (ii) the title; (iii) the degree for which it is offered and the name of the Awarding Body; (iv) the discipline or disciplines to which it pertains; (v) the date of submission; (vi) the names of the Director of Studies and Second Supervisor(s); (vii) the name(s) of any collaborating establishment; (viii) a statement that the research was undertaken under the auspices of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff Candidates may submit material not bound with the thesis or a portfolio of other work if such material constitutes the most appropriate method of presenting the information concerned. Such material could include diagrams, maps and similar documents, or other material such as audio or video recordings, slides, films, etc. A list of such separate items is to be provided in the thesis. In addition, the portfolio may include the candidate's PDP and materials from other advanced modules completed. Any material of this type is to be enclosed in a container suitable for storage on a library shelf and bearing the same information as that required on the spine of the thesis (see paragraph 2.2 below), so placed as to be readily legible when the container is in its stored position A thesis submitted for a research degree shall normally be openly available and subject to no security or restriction of access. The
16 Research Degrees Committee, however, may place a bar on photocopying and/or access to a thesis for a specified period of up to five years. Wherever applicable, the candidate s Director of Studies is to make an application regarding photocopying and/or access to the thesis to the Research Degrees Committee before or at the time of enrolment of the candidate s research project. On submission of the thesis, a candidate is to be required to sign a statement indicating: (i) that the thesis, if successful, may be made available for interlibrary loan or photocopying (subject to the law of copyright), and that the title and summary may be available to outside organisations; (ii) or that the thesis, if successful, may be made so available after the expiry of a bar on photocopying and /or access. The title and summary of the thesis are normally freely available. 2. Binding of the Thesis 2.1 A candidate submitting a higher degrees thesis for examination may submit the thesis in temporary binding. After examination all copies of the thesis for library storage must be permanently bound. 2.2 Temporary binding will enable the candidate to complete any corrections required by examiners without having to unbind and then rebuild the thesis. For examination, all copies must have the leaves securely fixed within a folder or binder or by a spine (i.e. fixed so that the pages remain secure in the covers when the volume is opened fully). Folders that release the pages when opened or loose pages submitted in a wallet folder are not acceptable. A thesis that is temporarily bound must be sufficiently secure to withstand transit. It must bear on the spine, in a form that cannot easily be erased or detached, the candidate s name, the name of the Cardiff Metropolitan University and the degree for which he/she is a candidate. 2.3 Following a successful examination and/or the satisfactory completion of revisions to the thesis, the thesis must be permanently bound for library deposition. Permanent binding requires that the thesis is sewn with thread and bound in a fixed binding of black boards with cloth, or in full cloth, in the manner of a hardback book. The boards are to have sufficient rigidity to support the weight of the work when it is standing upon a shelf. In the case of all works which are to be deposited in libraries, the permanently bound volumes must bear on the spine the surname and initials of the candidate, the full or abbreviated title of the work, the
17 name of the degree for which it was submitted and the date of submission. This information must be printed along the spine in such a way as to be readable when the volume is lying flat with the front cover uppermost. If the work consists of more than one volume the spine must also bear the number of each volume. The same information is to appear on the front cover of the thesis. Lettering on the spine and front cover must be in gold. 3. Submission of the Thesis 3.1 Within the enrolment period the candidate must submit to the Academic Registry: three copies of the thesis, whether in temporary or permanent binding, and any separate material; four copies of the abstract referred to in paragraph 1.9 above transcribed onto the requisite form; candidates should seek advice from the Academic Registry on the precise number of copies of the thesis, separate material and abstract required; a signed statement regarding the availability of the thesis; two completed Notice of Candidature forms, copies of which are available from the Academic Registry; a certificate provided by the University to show that all obligations including payment of all fees and monies due have been paid. 3.2 A candidate may not amend, add to, or delete from the thesis after it has been submitted and prior to examination save, in exceptional circumstances, with the consent of the Research Degrees Committee. END
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