Writing and defending a thesis


In the second half of your PhD programme, you will embark on an original research project and produce a 45,000-word PhD thesis based on the research proposal that you developed (with support) at the end of Part 1.

Ongoing guidance from an experienced PhD supervisor, with whom you will work on a one-to-one basis, helps you throughout your project.

Part 2 centres on researching, writing, and then defend your thesis during a viva voce oral examination by both external and internal examiners. This module is designed to keep you on track as you carry out your main research project, and to provide invaluable guidance on writing and defending your thesis. Resources are available for your use as required, and the module provides the opportunity to consult with other students working in similar areas.

The module has no required assessment as you are concentrating solely on your PhD research project. It does however provide opportunities for engagement beyond the personal support of your supervisor should you wish to take them, especially interaction with others whose interests align with yours and access to a range of resources.

The module and your supervision time will help you evidence personal and practical proficiencies including: in-depth understanding of how research is carried out, recognising and eliminating issues, following good practise guidelines, critically reviewing your own work and working independently.