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Doctoral Examination: Exploring Practice Across the Globe

ISBN 9781032049922
Published November 30, 2022 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

This book considers how the main doctoral awarding countries from across the globe examine doctoral degrees. It compares and contrasts their approaches, comments on their robustness, and identifies examples of good practice.  

The doctorate is the highest award made by universities, but the examination process involved varies considerably in form and structure across the globe. This book studies the similarities and differences systematically on a cross-national basis, providing insights into the ways in which countries have sought to ensure that the awarded degree is comparable in standards. This book presents case studies of examination policies and practices covering 20 countries, which collectively are responsible for nearly 75% of global doctoral awards. Each chapter includes a summary of the key points, and a concluding chapter analyses the case studies from a comparative perspective.

This book is written by a distinguished international team of authors who are researchers in doctoral education, and will be of interest to all those engaged in the field particularly policy-makers, graduate deans and programme leaders, supervisors, administrators, examiners, and scholars in the field.

Table of Contents


Vijay Kumar, Stan Taylor, and Sharon Sharmini

1. Australia

Dan Bendrups

2. Brazil

Christian Haag Kristensen

3. China

Shuhua Chen

4. Egypt

Daniele Cantini

5. France

Pierre Batteau

6. Germany

Barbara M. Kehm

7. India

Narayana Jayaram

8. Italy

Alex Standen

9. Japan

Shinichi Yamamoto

10. Kenya and Uganda

Eva M. Brodin, Hesborn Wao, Consolata Kabonesa, and Nelson Onyango

11. Malaysia

Sharon Sharmini

12. New Zealand

Vijay Kumar and Rachel Spronken-Smith

13. Russia

Saule Bekova, Evgeniy Terentev, and Natalia Maloshonok

14. South Africa

Eli Bitzer

15. Spain

Montserrat Castelló

16. Sweden

Henrik Viberg

17. Turkey

Gokce Gokalp

18. United Kingdom

Stan Taylor

19. United States

Karri A. Holley


Vijay Kumar, Stan Taylor, and Sharon Sharmini

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Vijay Kumar is an Associate Professor in Higher Education at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Stan Taylor is an Honorary Professor of the School of Education, Durham University, the United Kingdom, where he was formerly Director of the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development.

Sharon Sharmini is a Senior Lecturer at University Putra, Malaysia.