St.Thomas Polytechnic (Singapore) offers research training of a high international standard, within the range of relevant subject areas and strong research environments. A doctorate qualifies candidates for an academic career as well as other professions requiring a high level of competence. To be eligible for admission to a PhD programme, you must have a relevant Master’s degree with a good grade, or equivalent qualifications approved by the faculty. The independent research work (the doctoral thesis) must have a stipulated length of 3 years.
The PhD programmes at the St.Thomas Polytechnic (Singapore) have an educational component that consists of courses and academic activities corresponding to 6 months of work. The courses include thesis design, research ethics, writing skills and presentation seminars.
The research training at the St.Thomas Polytechnic is governed by a number of regulations and guidelines:
- The holder of a Master’s Degree is entitled to submit a Ph. D. dissertation application. In special circumstances a holder of a Bachelor’s degree may be reasonably admitted as a doctoral candidate.
- During the academic year, and in particular at the dates set by the Academic Committee, the candidate submits a relevant application stating that he wishes to compose a Ph.D dissertation. The application includes the proposed title, the proposed language of preparation, which may be in English and Greek, and a proposed supervisor of the Ph.D dissertation, that has been approved by the Academic Committee. The application is filed along with a detailed CV of the candidate and a draft of the Ph.D. dissertation.
- The Academic Committee, upon taking into account the applications submitted, classifies them on the basis of relevance of the research subject, and appoints a three-member committee. The later, consisting of and co-operating with the Faculty of the Institution, examines the corresponding applications and the accompanying documents and invites candidates to an interview. It then submits to the Academic Committee a memorandum stating the reasons why each candidate should or should not be admitted as well as the proposed supervisor. After receiving the opinion of the proposed supervisor, the Academic Committee shall take it into account and approve or reject the candidate’s request. The authorizing approval also defines the language of the doctoral dissertation.
- PhD holders, Professors, Lecturers and Researchers from all over the world can be named as supervisors of the PhD thesis.
- The Academic Committee delegates the supervision of the Ph.D. thesis to the proposed supervisor and appoints a three-member advisory board with the duty to assist and support its preparation and writing. The duration of a PhD is at least three (3) full calendar years from the date of appointment of the three-member Advisory Board.
- The Ph. D candidate shall submit a written memorandum to the three-member Advisory Board on the progress of his PhD thesis each year within the time limit set by the Academic Committee. A copy of the memorandum, as well as comments on it from the supervisor or the three-member committee and progress reports, shall be logged in the candidate’s personal file.
- After completing the Ph.D. dissertation, the three-member Advisory Board accepts or rejects a candidate’s request for public evaluation. If the three-member Advisory Board accepts the candidate’s application, it shall prepare a detailed introductory report and submit it to the Academic Committee requesting the appointment of a seven-member examination board for the doctoral dissertation.
- The members of the three-member Advisory Board, as well as four (4) additional members, are members of the seven-member Examination Committee. The Ph. D. dissertation is publicly presented by the doctoral candidate. The process of public evaluation requires the physical presence of at least four (4) members of the Examination Committee, while the other members can participate by videoconference. Subsequently, the Examination Committee meets without the presence of third parties, assesses the work in terms of quality, completeness, original thinking and contribution to science and, on the basis of these criteria, approves it, by a majority of at least five (5) members of.