Distance Learning and Flexible PhD Programmes - School Checklist
Points to consider when setting up distance learning and flexible PhD programmes.
In deciding whether to set up a distance learning programme, or accept students once a programme has been established, the School may wish consider the following:
- Is distance learning research methods and generic skills training available online? If not, how will students access it?
- Availability of orientation programme
- Availability of training for potential supervisors of distance PhD students
- Have potential supervisors undergone training in supervising distance learning students?
- Supervision arrangements, including arrangements for joint supervisor/local advisor
- Is the technology available in the department to support supervising distance students?
- Is there a cohort, or likely to be a cohort in place?
- How will the School support a community and stimulating academic environment? Consider:
- How to enable access to residential PhD student communities, research seminars or research groups
- Technology-based solutions for capturing and streaming
- Is English language support available on an online basis?
- What are the arrangements for conducting annual reviews and the viva?
- Will there be a requirement for study visits?
- By the applicants to Edinburgh?
- By the supervisor to the site of study?
- If so, who is responsible for paying travel fees?
- Will this be written into the student contract/memorandum of agreement?
- Will the requirement be compatible with UKVI visa requirements?
- How will any student issues related to the distance learning nature of the programme be addressed?
- Do any potential funding bodies permit students to study by distance? (Note that some funding bodies require students to be resident where they are studying)