Research Degrees in the Saïd Business School
Differences from 2014/15 to 2022/23
Probationer Research Students
All students are normally admitted as Probationer Research Students (PRS).
Unless granteda dispensation bythe D.Phil. Committee ofthe Saïd Business School, during
their first year, Probationer Research Students
attend such lectures, seminars and classes as his or her supervisor and/or the committee shall determine;
suchcourses and coursework as the supervisor and/or the committee shall determine
dependant uponwhich course thestudent has already takenprior to commencingthe D.Phil.; ( c ) applications to D.Phil. Committee for exemption from the above will be considered.
2. Transfer of status Students who have taken the M.Sc.in Management Research or MFE prior to commencing their D.Phil. study as a PRS are normally expected to transfer status in their third term. All students must transfer status by the end of their fourth term. Applications for transfer of statusmust be submittedto the D.Phil. Committee and should be comprised ofthe following: ( a ) a transfer of status form (GSO.2), signed bythe student's supervisor and an appropriate college officer. The candidate should indicate clearly on the form the status to which he or she wishes to transfer;
a good pass in all of
the courses and coursework as
stated in 1.(b) above, approvedby the student’s supervisor; ( c )a satisfactory research proposal or research outline; ( d ) where appropriate, one draft chapterof the thesis. Further details of these requirements are set out in the D.Phil. Notes for Guidance. Two assessors nominated by the student and his/her supervisor and appointed by the D.Phil. Committee will examine the student by viva voce and submit a written transfer report to the D.Phil. Committee with recommendations as to whether or not the student should be allowed to transfer to D.Phil. status. The D.Phil. Committee will consider the application and the recommendationsof the assessors and in light of this will decide whether to approve the transfer of status, or approve admission to M.Litt. status (in the case that the Committee is not satisfied that the candidate should be allowed to transfer), or approve an extension of time in order to allow the candidate to carry out further research and make revisions to his/her proposal and to resubmit at a later date (but before the PRS status period expires). The committee may request additional written work (such as a revised research proposal) or other evidence, and/or appoint an additional assessor, and/or state that the student should be re-examined. 3. Confirmation of D.Phil. status
Students will normally be expected to
apply for their Confirmationof Status by the end oftheir sixthterm after admission. They
Confirmation of Status by the end of their ninth term.
for confirmation of status as a Student forthe Degree of Doctor of Philosophy shallcomprise the following:
confirmationof status applicationform (GSO14) signed by the candidate’s supervisor and an appropriate officer of the candidate’s college;
) a comprehensive outline of the treatment of the thesis topic including details of progress made and an indication, where possible, of the anticipated timetable for submission; ( c) two draft chapters totalling no more than 25, 000 wordswhich include material particularly central to the thesis .
Furtherdetails of these
are set outin the D. Phil. Notes for Guidance.
application must be submitted to the D.Phil.Committee andwill be considered bytwo assessors nominated by the student and supervisor and appointed by D.Phil. Committee. These may be the same assessors as were chosen for the transfer of status, but assessors selected at this stage may not be chosen for the final viva voce. The assessorswill read the work, interview the candidate (examine viva voce)and makea recommendation to the committee in a written report. If the committee doesnot consider that the candidate’s progress warrants confirmation of status it may either recommend resubmissionof the application at a later date within the normal timetable, or approvean extension of D.Phil. status in order to allow time for resubmission ofthe application , or recommendtransfer to M.Litt. status, or rejectthe application.
4. Three paper route
D.Phil.thesis may be accepted for examination if comprised of a minimum of three academic papers of publishable quality. Such a body of work shall be deemed acceptable provided it represents a coherent and focused body of research. It should include an Introduction, a Survey of Literature, and a Conclusion. Current word limits and conditions are detailed in the D.Phil. Notes for Guidance.
D.Phil. Thesissubmitted under this rubric may include joint publications , providing that, aside from the candidate, none of the named co-authors is a student. Where a joint publication with another student is included, thismust be in addition tothe minimumof three academic papers required to be included inthe D.Phil.thesis. Where joint publications are included, all co-authors must certify in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies of the School that the majority of that work represents the work of the candidate. Candidateswishing to proceed in this manner must obtain permission from his/hersupervisor , the Director of Graduate Studies,and the D.Phil.Committee and must be approved at the time of confirmation for D.Phil.status. Evidence must be submitted at the time permission is sought that at least one of thethree academic papers hasbeen submitted to an identified journal, if not yet accepted orpublished.
a petitionis accepted, a candidate wishes to revert to a standard D.Phil.thesis format the candidate must lodge a petition with his/her supervisor,the Schooland D.Phil.Committee showing good cause for the change. 5. Thesis
Theses for the Degree of
M.Litt.which exceed 50,000 words and those for the Degree of D.Phil.which exceed 100,000, excluding the bibliography, are liable to be rejected unless candidates have, with the support of their supervisors, secured the prior dispensation of the board of Graduate Studiesto exceed this limit.