Structured PhD Programmes 

PhD education at DIT is now well established and since 2000 the number of PhD students has doubled. Now, in line with HEA and EUA guidelines DIT is introducing a structured PhD framework to improve quality and completion time.

The Graduate Research School (GRS) provides a clear identity for graduate research activities and a forum of information and consultation with both supervisors and research students. The GRS Board is responsible for developing and monitoring the administration of the Institute’s regulations for postgraduate studies through research. GRS Office provides a comprehensive support service to all research students and supervisors. This includes the maintenance of the research register and the administrative support for the progression and examination of research students. The team also assists the Graduate Research School in the co-ordination of structured PhD programmes and the provision of events to enhance the graduate student learning experience. GRS Office also organises the induction event for new PhD students and training in transferable skills for all research students.

The induction programme, delivered annually, covers topics such as ethics, research methodology, library skills, regulations and health and safety. Graduate students also receive training in transferrable skills such as: report writing; writing for publication; communication skills; thesis preparation; and career development.

Some schools provide training in discipline specific skills. For example the Statistical Advice Unit, School of Mathematical Sciences, advises new research students on experimental design with a view to maximizing experimental resources and avoiding some classic pitfalls. It also offers consultation to students in the statistical analysis of quantitative data using the most appropriate statistical techniques and computer software.

Our Structured PhD programme framework has been validated and approved by Academic Council in February 2010. For further information on the programme, please see the Programme Outline.