The doctoral thesis is generally the first large, structured or unstructured project undertaken by Phd candidates. Most candidates do not manage the project in an organized way. The results are reflected in rather poor rates of completion, and extended time schedules.
…… In order to write a thesis, you must complete a significant amount of research and develop a unique amount of argument about your research. In most cases, it must be unique in that your argument must not be a replica of an argument found in other published work. When you write a thesis, you must prove that you are bringing new ideas, research methods, conclusions or scientific results to your field of study ………
1. Is the candidate able to contribute significantly to the field of knowledge and proof his/her ability in relating his/her research to the broad field of study and whether his/her achievement is/will be recognized locally and internationally in terms of publications?
2.A Phd thesis should be able to proof that the candidate has the ability to analyse critically and demonstrate skills in handling scholarly research for the purpose of answering matters relating to the objectives specified.
3.The examiner would demonstrate in his report whether he is satisfied or not on the quality of the thesis to be awarded a specified higher degree to the candidate or if he is not satisfied, then whether the candidate fail or need to be referred for additional work or corrections and submit the thesis again for examination.
Further Guidelines and Criteria (What will examiners seek?)
Consideration should be given to the technique of research adopted and the extent of work involved in terms of field work, lab work, interviews, library research etc. and the evidence of the amount of data collected. Due consideration should be given to the difficult nature of a subject, the availability and accessibility of relevant information and statistical data analysis in the assessment.
Consideration should be given to the organization of the dissertation/thesis including the format presentation of tables, diagrams, charts, footnotes, references and appendices. Style is also relevant as well as accuracy and care especially proof reading of the final copy.
The original contribution of the candidates should be evident in the chapters devoted to analysis and conclusions drawn from the research work. Credit should be given to a candidate who shows intelligent application of appropriate principles and practices relevant to the problem under study. Credit would also be given to the candidate’s ability to analyse critically the data collected and his ability to write a coherent and descriptive thesis/dissertation from the data and materials collected.
The general significance of the subject and the extent to which the objectives of research have been achieved are to be considered in assessment under this heading.
Remarks on possibility of publication
Apart from the merits for assessment for Masters/Doctorate degree, the examiner may add remarks regarding changes, amendments and corrections that would need to be made if all or part of the thesis/dissertation were to be published.
The examiner may state any other comments he may have.
The examiner should indicate his recommendations, egg., whether he is satisfied that a sufficient standard has been reached for the higher degree to be awarded to the candidate or if he is not satisfied, whether the candidate should be failed or referred for further work after which the candidate may re-submit his work for (another) examination.
Pass – the candidate be awarded the relevant degree
Pass with minor revision – the candidate be awarded the relevant degree, subject to making the required amendments and corrections (Maximum 3 months)
Conditional Pass with major revision – the candidate is required to make major alterations to his/her thesis and resubmit the work for another assessment to the examiners concerned, but a second viva is not required (Minimum 3 months and maximum 12 months)
Reschedule examination – the candidate is required to make major alterations to his/her thesis and resubmit the work for another assessment to the examiners concerned and a second viva is required (Minimum 12 months and maximum 18 months)
MPhil – the candidate be conferred a degree of a lower status