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The following information is taken from the University Research Degree Regulations, which you were given when you enrolled (see Documents in the Useful Documents and Links). You are advised to read these regulations carefully, not least the expectations upon you to report on and present your work at key transition points in your study.
Full-time students should formally register their research degree from three months of enrolment and within a maximum period of 9 months (exceptional twelve months) for part-time students. MA/MSc/LLM by Research and PhD by Published work students
should formally register within the first three months of their studies (four months for part-time students). This process should include a formal interview and once completed, you should complete the RDSC-R form (see
Documents in the Useful Documents and Links
section) with the assistance of your supervisors and forward this onto the relevant Postgraduate Research Tutor (see
Postgraduate Research Tutor in the Important Contact Details
All students must be able to meet the University’s requirements for a research degree, which for full-time students is to be able to devote a minimum of 35 hours per week over a 44-week year to the research or a minimum of 15 hours per week for
part-time students. In addition, full-time students should not undertake more than 20 hours per week paid employment or other commitments.
Continuation of your studies is dependent on satisfactory academic progress. Please be aware that the first year of your research degree is a probationary period, which must be completed satisfactorily, in order to progress to the second year of
the programme. If you are an MA/MSc/LLm by Research or PhD by Published Work student the first three months of your research degree is a probationary period which must be completed satisfactorily in order to progress with your research degree.
The progress and status of all research students is reviewed annually by the Faculty. This includes:
At the end of the first year’s study (or two years part-time), the University requires that the student progress review includes a clear indication about whether the student is likely to achieve the degree in the time normally allocated for the
degree (four years full-time and six years part-time). For full-time MA/MSc/LLM by Research students this review should occur at the end of the first six months (or at the end of the first year for part-time students).
In terms of University procedures the transfer from MPhil to PhD marks a critical milestone in your progression on the programme. This should be done when sufficient progress has been made on the work to provide evidence of the development to PhD
(normally after 18 months of full-time study or 24-26 months of part-time study). Transfer comprises three main elements:
You should then apply using the RDSC-T form (see
Documents in Useful Documents and Links) which should contain a summary of your full progress report, a timetable outlining the additional PhD element, and a
statement of support from your supervisors. The form should then be sent to the relevant Postgraduate Research Tutor for consideration at the HESS Research Degrees Sub-Committee.
It is University policy that all research carried out by research students which involves human participants should be submitted for research ethics review. Research ethics review is carried out by the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)
or, for those conducting research on patients, staff, carers or a study on NHS Premises, by an NHS Research Ethics Committee. Students must have full ethics approval before any attempt is made to recruit participants and collect data (
click here for further information).
Please contact the Faculty Research Ethics Officer, Dr Carol Brown (see
Other Useful Contacts in the Important Contact Details), for any questions you have regarding research ethics.