Each of the six modules, a thesis proposal, and the final thesis are assessed.

Part One

Compulsory core modules:

Assessment for each core module involves researching and writing a publishable paper (7,000 words).

Compulsory support modules in Part One:

Assessment for each of the compulsory support modules involves a number of short assignments (7,000 words equivalent, in total, per module).

Confirmation process to Part Two

Assessment of a Thesis Proposal (the confirmation document)

Towards the end of Part One, students must produce a PhD confirmation document containing a research plan for the PhD thesis (up to 5,000 words).

Part Two

Compulsory support module in Part Two:

EDS846: Writing and Defending a Thesis (Prof. Trowler)

Assessment of the Thesis

The thesis is approximately 45,000 words and is assessed in the same way and against the same criteria as other Lancaster University PhDs. There will be a viva voce (conducted via video conference where preferred). External and internal examiners will be appointed to examine each student's thesis.

For information: Whilst this programme is undertaken entirely online, the Certificate produced on successful completion of the course will say "Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education: Research, Evaluation and Enhancement", with no mention of the mode of delivery.