Content and assessment for the Modular PhD
Module 1 - Subject-focused work, to include some research training and preparation related to the subject, such as empirical work, literature searches, and research methodology.
The 12,000-word assessment may be divided into 3 x 4,000 papers or combinations amounting to the total (60 credits). Pass/Fail.
Module 2 - Structured research and writing on the research topic. It may be linked in a linear way to Module 1, or the connection may be looser.
The 20,000-word assessment may be divided into one or two papers amounting to the total (120 credits). Pass/Fail
Module 3 - The thesis (maximum 50,000 words - 360 credits). Pass/Fail
The assessed work from Modules 2 and 3 should be of publishable quality.
Each assessment (i.e. each module) is submitted and passed before the student can proceed to the next. One re-submission of each module is permitted. The external examiner is consulted when each module is completed. Like all PhD theses at Birmingham, a Modular PhD is examined in a viva voce examination which takes place after the submission of Module 3.