The form and method of assessment of the research candidate’s work will be proposed to Academic Council by the supervisor at the time of the student’s academic enrolment.
The normal range of assessment methods include:
Criteria considered by the Examiners
Research Masters degrees are assessed using the following criteria:
The thesis should show evidence of independent thought and research, and must demonstrate a mastery of their chosen subject;
The candidate should demonstrate an understanding of methodologies appropriate to the chosen field and show adequate knowledge of the literature of the subject and of the work of other scholars in the field;
The candidate should be capable of relating knowledge of particular topics to the broader field of study involved and of presenting such knowledge in a critical and scholarly way.
Doctoral degrees are assessed using the following criteria:
The candidate shall have demonstrated the capacity of pursuing original independent research in the field of study and of exercising critical judgment;
The thesis must make a substantial and original contribution to scholarship and provide evidence of originality by the exercise of independent critical powers;
The thesis must contain an acceptable amount of original work by the candidate, which is considered by the examiners to be of publishable standard in the form inter alia of:
- articles in appropriate refereed journals;
- a book or other scholarly publication;
- a research/creative or self-expressive work monograph which meets the standard of refereed academic publications.
4.The candidate must present and successfully defend the body of work at a viva voce examination. They should meet the standards for Level 10, published by QQI.
In both cases the work is required to meet the national standards published by QQI.
Form PGTAI Notification of Intention to Submt
Candidates must provide a minimum notice of two months of the intention to submit the thesis for examination to the supervisor(s) and other relevant personnel. The external examiner(s) and internal examiner will be appointed prior to submission of the thesis.
The responsible academic department should send nominations to the Academic Awards Section, Office of the Registrar at the time of a candidate’s intention to submit the thesis for examination. The Head of Department and the supervisor should recommend external examiners to Academic Council using the appropriate form (PGTA1) to which a full CV has been appended.
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The Viva Voce
The Viva Voce is an oral examination of the candidate where the expert examiners assess whether the student has mastery of the topic appropriate to doctoral level. The Supervisor(s) will typically be also present but will not normally take part in the viva discussion unless requested to do so by the Examiners or chairperson.