Doctoral education is of prime importance worldwide. In many countries, there is severe shortage of doctoral degree holders, while in others there is an oversupply in many fields. There is a global debate on the best ways of providing doctoral training. To illustrate global trends, the book analyses the current realities of doctoral education with the help of case studies based on fourteen countries and one continent. It includes an overview of the state of the literature on doctoral education as well as an analysis of doctoral education from a historical perspective with a detailed comparative discussion. Trends and Issues in Doctoral Education: A Global Perspective also examines the challenges and ideas of current and proposed reforms in doctoral education.
Chapter 7: The UK Doctorate: History, Features and Challenges
The 21st-century UK doctorate has a relatively short history, but provides a quality-assured and varied system of doctoral degrees, ranging from research doctorates by monograph or article to professional, performance and practice-based arts doctorates. There are diverse student cohorts, multiple study modes (full-time, part-time and distance learning) and access to an extensive range of research and generic skills training, as well as supervisor development. In recent decades, students are increasingly paying for their doctoral education. More and more of the programmes themselves are located within doctoral colleges, graduate schools or other multidisciplinary, collaborative and inter-institutional settings. Doctoral graduates now find employment ...