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Students are provided with an induction event which offers them opportunities to understand the institutional, academic and research environment within which they will be working.
To help ensure that new research degree students commence their studies with an understanding of the environment, this event includes:
Research degree students must have their research project approved by the research degrees committee, normally within six months of registration for full-time students and twelve months for part-time students.
Where a project proposal is not approved, the student will be given an opportunity to resubmit their proposal. If, after the student has been given the opportunity to remedy defects, the proposal remains unsatisfactory, the research degrees committee will normally withdraw registration.
Students are expected to transfer from MPhil registration to PhD, normally between 12-18 months of full-time study (24-36 months for part-time study).
The transfer process is a valuable opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved, and, even more useful, what still needs to be done before the student can submit a successful thesis. It is also one of the occasions when students get careful feedback from experienced academics who are not directly involved in their project. Experience has taught us that successful negotiation of the transfer process substantially increases the likelihood of timely completion of a PhD thesis.
Students will then submit their thesis and undergo a transfer viva voce examination. If they are studying for a PhD via transfer from MPhil, at the mid-point of their studies they will undergo a transfer viva voce where they will need to demonstrate that they have made sufficient progress on their work and provide evidence of the development to PhD.
Supervisors regularly monitor the work carried out by their research degree students and provide feedback on the quality of the student’s work. In addition, the University has formal mechanisms to review the progress of its research degree students.
There are two formal monitoring points which are:
The director of studies and student should agree a timetable for completion in order to allow sufficient time for the following:
The final examination is by assessment of the thesis, and creative work, where applicable, as well as viva.
The viva is chaired by an independent chair whose role is as follows:
The viva is conducted by at least two examiners, one of whom must be external to the University. The supervisor is not part of the assessment process, though may, by agreement, be present at the viva.
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