Prof Elias Siores, Centre for Materials Research and Innovation, Bolton University

THE CENTRE’S PhD by Publication degree nominated for the awards is a doctorate that
is clearly differentiated from traditional equivalents available in the UK or elsewhere.
High-calibre professionals undertaking research and development in industry ofte


THE CENTRE’S PhD by Publication degree nominated for the awards is a doctorate that is clearly differentiated from traditional equivalents available in the UK or elsewhere. High-calibre professionals undertaking research and development in industry often achieve outstanding and leading-edge results in their capacity as an employee. However, the lack of an appropriate academic mechanism to recognise and reward these important contributions often undermines their hard-earned achievements and thus their career prospects. The university’s PhD by Publication is different from the alternatives in a number of key respects, among them the following.


It acknowledges work experience for the five years prior to matriculation and rewards work-related learning in entrepreneurial industries driven by knowledge advances embedded in their products and services It is based on three refereed publications in international journals of high impact factor  — one of which can be an international patent — that emanate from collaborative developmental work at the industry and academic sites on projects driven by industry needs.


The study and process of assessment take approximately three to four years and projects are co-supervised by industry professionals and academics


All candidates participate in the annual Knowledge and Innovation Forum which takes place at the university over a period of one week.


There is no other form of PhD from which students and staff benefit more. It is the only PhD study that students do not have to leave work to undertake on a full or part-time basis. They perform industry-driven R&D work based in the workplace, as per duties and responsibilities directed by their employers on a full-time basis, with the addon benefit of at least two academic supervisors working collaboratively on the projects.


For more information go to www.bolton.ac.uk