UTS Framework for Doctoral Education
The new UTS Framework for Doctoral Education provides a structured doctoral program which has two main aims:
- supporting the advancement of knowledge through original research
- furthering the development of the doctoral student as a researcher
The new Framework is being rolled out in 2011 for new doctoral students enrolling in two faculties: the Faculty of Business and Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology from 2011. Other faculties will be adopting elements of the Framework on an ongoing basis throughout 2011 and beyond.
The three key changes in doctoral education as described in the Framework are as follows:
- There are now three specific stages to the doctoral program to frame and support the progress of the candidate and their study
- The doctoral program will include the formalisation and/or introduction of a number of introductory and advanced modules to support the research and professional development of the student
- Research student progress is supported and reviewed through a Doctoral Study Plan (DSP). Each student will design their own DSP in consultation with their supervisors. In the first stage the DSP will be based on their academic and professional background and their goals, the second and third stages will be based on the progress of their study.
The UTS approach to doctoral education reflects an ongoing global change, and our Framework is a central element of our research strategy, and will help boost our research capacity and performance.