PhD theses: the pros and cons 3

August 24, 2007

Stirling University is right to think that its thesis-free PhD offers "better preparation for an academic career than the traditional dissertation". It will produce graduates with no coherent knowledge, an inability to sustain an argument for more than a few pages and a faceless set of "skills" imparted by the ubiquitous training to which the deputy principal of Stirling refers. These, fortunately, are the keys to success in modern British universities.

Neil Badmington

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