UTS Framework for Doctoral Education
The UTS Difference
There is a global movement to review and change doctoral education which is driven by a number of inter-related factors:
- Growing recognition of the importance of doctoral education to support innovation and economic development, together with
- An expected decline in the supply of research qualified people for employers, including universities
- Drive to increase the number of students completing higher degrees in order to meet workforce demands across the sectors
- Varying academic and professional backgrounds, experiences and research skills of today’s doctoral stuedents.
At UTS we also have specific reasons for developing a new Framework for Doctoral Education:
- Increasing the quality and number of our doctoral students will help boost our research capacity and performance
- UTS is committed to developing workforce ready graduates – from undergraduate to doctoral level. The new Framework strongly aligns with our practice oriented teaching model.
As a result the UTS Framework for Doctoral Education differs from our national and international competitors:
- Integrated, whole of university approach, which combines faculty and research centre specific aspects
- Perceives and treats doctoral students as early career researchers
- Provides a mix of disciplinary, research method and researcher development modules throughout the program.
This mix ensures that students are industry or academia ready.