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28 June 2021
Webinar: PhD by Publication/Thesis by Articles
The Division for Postgraduate Studies will be hosting a webinar titled PhD by Publication/Thesis by Articles.

Date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021
Time: 12:00 – 13:00
Webinar overview:
A PhD by publication is a degree awarded in recognition of an existing body of work, rather than at the end of a completely new research project. This route to a doctorate is also known as the PhD by portfolio or PhD by published works/published papers. A number of education universities allow doctoral candidates to submit a thesis in the form of a series of published, co-published or “ready-for-publication” journal articles as alternative to the traditional format for a thesis.
*Prof Rodney Duffett (CPUT) will provide an overview and share some of his personal experiences regarding the structure, advantages and challenges of this inventive thesis format. His presentation will be focused on: What is a “Thesis by Publication” (“PhD by Publication” or “Thesis by Article”)?
Dr Rodney Graeme Duffett is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, Faculty of Business and Management Sciences. He holds a DTech in Marketing and has been teaching marketing communication-related courses at undergraduate and postgraduate for 25 years. He has authored and co-authored over 30 journal articles, 35 conference papers/posters, and has peer-reviewed papers over 100 articles for 35+ local and international journals. A selection of his academic work can be found at
*Prof Mario Smith will provide an overview of UWC’s guidelines around the formulation of a thesis by publication. 
Prof Mario Smith is currently the Acting Director in the Division for Postgraduate Studies at the University of the Western Cape.  He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  Prof Smith’s research interests include research capacity development, research methodology and statistical analysis, and the development of academic staff.  He has an extensive publication record.  He has successfully supervised Master's and doctoral candidates in the Department of Psychology at UWC.