• The research degree is designed to foster explicit links between research and
professional practice and development.
• The research degrees provide a framework in which specific taught elements
appropriate to graduate study can be combined with a substantial piece of
• Research students will be given the opportunity to work with individuals
who are at the forefront in research in their field of interest.
• It is expected that the majority of the students pursuing research degrees
should be sponsored by an end user of the likely outcome of the research
project. Sponsorship can take the form of members of staff seeking funds
from donor agencies.
RESEARCH DEGREE SUPERVISION
Panel of Supervisors
Graduate research degrees in the University of Technology, Jamaica are super-
vised by a panel of two or more supervisors. The use of a panel of supervisors
for a research student has benefits for both the student and the members of
the panel. A supervisory panel can give the student access to a multifaceted
support network, with a cross-section of experience and knowledge to guide
the student through to successful completion of their research degree. The
panel also provides for secondary members valuable staff development and
experience in skills required to become an effective research supervisor.
The principal supervisor has primary responsibility for the technical direction
of the research work and must be a recognized expert in the field of study.
He/she must hold terminal qualification in the field, be actively engaged in
research in the field, have published at least five papers in the field, for the
supervision of PhD candidates, and at least three papers for the supervision of
MPhil candidates hold an academic appointment in the University of Tech-
nology, Jamaica or some other recognized university, and preferably have pre-
viously supervised graduate research students.
U T e c h G R A D U A T E S T U D I E S H A N D B O O K
SCHOOL OF GR ADUA T E S TUD I E S R E S E A RCH AND ENT R E P R ENE UR SH I P