"Higher doctorates . . . are a higher level of award than the DPhil/PhD or professional or practice-based doctorates" (Doctoral degree characteristics, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2011, p. 19). According to The framework for higher education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland,
Higher doctorates may be awarded in recognition of a substantial body of original research undertaken over the course of many years. Typically a portfolio of work which has been previously published in a peer-refereed context is submitted for assessment. . . .
(Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, 2008, p. 25). They are awarded on the basis of the submission of a substantial body of exceptionally insightful and distinctive publications demonstrating advanced research and/or similar evidence of significant contributions to and influence within one's field. These may include articles, books, briefs, chapters, compositions, inventions, plays, research by application, etc. Higher doctorates are considered earned (substantive) degrees "by publication."
IUGS confers six higher doctorates:
After the preliminary review of an applicant's curriculum vitae, list of publications and transcripts, (a) the candidate may be advanced to degree candidacy, or (b) the candidate may not be advanced to degree candidacy but may instead enter one of the University's other doctoral programmes with full credit for all tution and fees already paid.
If the case of (a), the candidate next proceeds to submit his/her full portfolio.
After a comprehensive review of the portfolio, (1) the candidate may be awarded the higher doctorate, or (2) the candidate may be given additional research to complete in order to earn the higher doctorate, or (3) the candidate may be denied the higher doctorate but may transfer to one of the University's other doctoral programmes with full credit for all tuition and fees already paid.
ALL TUITION AND FEES ARE PAYABLE IN U.S. DOLLARSFee for preliminary evaluation of curriculum vitae, list of publications, and Transcripts
Tuition (Includes: advisement, library fees, portfolio review, and viva voce; also includes fees for the Residency Week, payable whether or not attended)
Travel, food and lodging (Estimated cost of attending the Residency Week)
Payment Plans are available
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On a part-time basis, most candidates are anticipated to complete their degree requirements within eighteen months. The determining criteria are dedication and the candidate’s previous academic and professional portfolio.