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The changing landscape of doctoral education in the UK

Taylor, Stan; Wisker, Gina

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Gina Wisker


As elsewhere across the globe, for the past two decades doctoral education in the UK has been in the throes of change. This article seeks to describe and analyse developments in 1) the national framework for doctoral education, 2) institutional structures, 3) doctoral programmes, 4) doctoral candidacy, 5) doctoral supervision and 6) doctoral examination. Multiple sources of evidence, including official documentation and the results of investigations of the public-facing websites of the 150 institutions providing doctoral programmes, are used. The conclusion shows that these changes have been far-reaching, particularly for supervisors, and a call is made for greater recognition of their contributions to doctoral education.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 13, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 21, 2023
Publication Date Sep 3, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 30, 2023
Journal Innovations in Education and Teaching International
Print ISSN 1470-3297
Electronic ISSN 1470-3300
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 5
Pages 759-774
Keywords Education
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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.

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