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The International and Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Diploma Program in Leadership,

 and PhD Degree-phase thesis focusing on Leadership Education Entrepreneurship,  

or the Design and Implementation of Leadership Development Programs,

or on Environmental Leadership Initiatives in Sustainability

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Towards the Ph.D. degree: process


Upon the successful completion of the Three Pillars  - the entire postgraduate coursework plus the essay or Final Paper that are part of the PALS programme - the graduate will be awarded by INSIL the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Leadership Studies (see also §3. in specifications). After the completion of the PALS programme the student can undertake the steps towards the completion of the Fourth Pillar, constituted by the additional requirements (research and thesis) for the doctoral degree candidacy (Ph.D.).  


Several paths towards earning the PhD degree are possible. The most habitual one for PALS graduates is that the thesis research supervision, the manuscript submission, and the defence (viva), take place through the international doctoral school organised by INSIL. The thesis subject and manuscript approval, and the viva process take place in cooperation with the faculty of other institutions of higher education (the ERC External Review Council). The process is part of the special intercollegiate charter procedure for awarding an internationally accredited degree by the recognised educational institutions and validated by the higher education authorities.  


The thesis subject and scope


The process of defining the precise subject and scope/depth of the research and of the practice-oriented thesis is generally initiated during the second or third year of the PALS postgraduate coursework (the faculty guidance thus pre-empts the doctoral mentorship). The PALS comprehensive Essay (Final Paper), being the last component in the postgraduate diploma coursework, most often is the steppingstone towards the subsequent PhD research and thesis. At INSIL the focal area of the thesis must be in the specialist area of Leadership Education entrepreneurship (or intrapreneurship) and/or in the design, implementation, and delivery of leadership development programmes or components thereof, or, in Environmental Leadership Initiatives in Sustainability .  


The thesis subject proposal (incl. tentative outline; scope/contents, and intended research process), requires approval by the ERC, upon the recommendation by the mentor on behalf of the PhD-candidate. In some cases the doctoral mentorship takes place under the form of a co-mentorship by a leadership expertise faculty member at INSIL, and by an application-field faculty advisor (multidisciplinary approach). The PhD phase consists of, consecutively, four doctoral research (sub-)topics' stages related  to the thesis' main subject; then the completion of the thesis manuscript, and its review; and finally the oral defence (viva). 


PhD thesis manuscript - examination and defence ('viva') 


The approval of the thesis manuscript, and the viva, is in two stages. The first one is the manuscript content (including the thesis review by external examiners), and hoped-for favourable opinion that the viva take place. The second stage is thus the viva, undertaken in the presence of an examining committee (jury). 


When the viva takes place conjointly (inter-collegial, but at another institution) there are specific procedures and guidelines ('house rules'), in accordance with a form of protocol or procedure of the degree-granting partner-institution. If the viva is undertaken in cooperation between INSIL and another educational institution, for instance in the doctoral candidate's home country, or country of residence, the procedure can follow the ordinances of an academic tutelage (a form of tutelle or co-tutelle) or co-endorsement process of the thesis. An agreement will be organised beforehand between the institutions, and in some cases perhaps in cooperation with governmental-educational authorities.


Notes (pro memoria)


· The expected length of the thesis is of minimum 50.000 words and maximum 100.000 words. Format and presentation guidelines will be provided. 


· THIERRY is the original source-institution of the PALS PhD curriculum, but does not award or confer the actual degrees.


· Until Sept. 2008 the PhD-programme was offered in a single curriculum-path towards the degree. Since then, and aligning with the enhanced pedagogical philosophy of the school, only the PALS + PhD Twin system applies. (see also in: foreword, approach, specifications, and pillars)


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