Answered By: Research Support Librarian
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2016     Views: 32

‘PhD by publication’ is an alternative way of getting a PhD from the traditional or conventional  route of thesis and viva.  This route is aimed at academic staff who have already published work but may never have enrolled on a higher degree, or who may have started a PhD by the conventional route but not completed.  It takes the form of a number of publications, often journal articles but could be other things like books, book chapters, conference papers and so on, with a commentary on the published output.  The regulations determine how much published material there needs to be, and how long the commentary should be and what form it takes.

There are 2 routes to ‘PhD by publication’: route 1 and route 2.  In addition, in the same ‘stable’, there is also a ‘PhD by Practice’ aimed at researchers who might have done a lot of practical work ‘in the field’ eg artists, performers, and want to get some credit from it towards a research degree.  If you want to read up on the differences, and why one route might be more appropriate for a researcher than another, here is a link to the guidelines on the Graduate School website: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/media/mmuacuk/content/documents/graduate-school/regulations-procedures/guidelines-phd-published-work.pdf  The overall link to all the Research regulations is on this page: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/graduate-school/for-research-students/  

This route to PhD is becoming more popular in response to Manchester Metropolitan University’s research strategy, which aims to ‘increase the number of Manchester Metropolitan University staff with doctoral level qualifications’, and may be particularly popular in Faculties with a higher level of practitioners than traditional researchers.