B5-6 Regulations relating to different types of research programmes

  • 6.1  Candidates working as part of a research group

    6.1.1  A candidate whose work forms part of a larger group project may register for a research degree.  In such cases each individually registered project shall in itself be distinguishable for the purposes of assessment and be appropriate for the award being sought.  The application shall indicate clearly each individual contribution and its relationship to the group project.

    6.2  Candidates working overseas

    6.2.1  In exceptional circumstances the Research Degrees Sub-Committee may approve an application from a candidate proposing to work outside the UK, provided that:

    (a)     the candidate shall spend not less than an average of six weeks per year at the University;.
    (b)     the arrangements proposed for supervision enable frequent and substantial contact between the candidate and the supervisor(s) based in the UK, including adequate
    face-to-face contact with the supervisor(s);
    (c)     appropriate support is available for the candidate whilst they are working outside the UK through the appointment of a locally-based supervisor or adviser; and
    (d)     there is satisfactory evidence as to the facilities available for the research both in the University and abroad.

    6.3  Research degrees involving creative work

    6.3.1  A candidate may undertake a programme of research in which the candidate’s own creative work forms the most significant part of the intellectual enquiry.  Such creative work may be in any field (for instance, fine art, design, engineering and technology, architecture, creative writing, musical composition, film, dance and performance), but shall have been undertaken as part of the registered research programme.

    6.3.2  The creative work shall be accompanied by a written commentary which sets the work in its relevant theoretical, critical or design context.  The commentary shall conform to the usual scholarly requirements and be of an appropriate length (see paragraph 19.8).

    6.3.3  Where the research degree involves musical composition, the portfolio of work shall comprise        
    substantial compositions which show coherence, originality, experimentation with forms and language, and knowledge of contemporary issues in the field.  The compositions shall be a total of 60 minutes duration and up to a maximum of 80 minutes and the written commentary shall address the compositional approaches used in each piece and shall demonstrate an understanding of the techniques used, the context of the piece, and appropriate aesthetic issues.                                    

    6.3.4  Where the research degree involves contemporary fine art practice, the submission shall represent a substantial individual achievement in the form of a major work (if a single installation, performance or event) or a body of works which demonstrates coherence, originality, experimentation with appropriate forms and media, and knowledge of contemporary issues in the field.  The work or body of works shall give due consideration to its context and audience and, where relevant, the submission shall be presented in an appropriate public context.  The written commentary shall address questions of context and audience and shall demonstrate an understanding of the methods, strategies and techniques employed, as well as the relevant aesthetic and theoretical issues.  Since the exploratory research process is vital to the final form of the work, the submission is likely to include evidence of the research through practice (trials, examples, research diaries, evaluations) and the commentary may contain or be accompanied by visual or other relevant documentary material.

    6.3.5  The final submission shall be accompanied by some permanent record (for instance, video, photographic record, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, musical score, diagrammatic representation) of the creative work, where practicable, bound with the commentary.

    6.3.6  The application for registration shall set out the form of the candidate’s intended submission and of the proposed methods of assessment.

    6.3.7  Where there is a physical element to the examination of a practiced based PhD, such as an installation, performance or event, the beginning of the examination process will start from the date of the physical element of the examination. The candidate will be permitted two months following this stage of the examination to complete the written thesis and submit the work for examination.

    6.4  Research degrees involving the preparation of an edition of texts or other work

    6.4.1  A candidate may undertake a programme of research in which the principal focus is the preparation of a scholarly edition of a text or texts, musical or choreographic work, or other original artefacts.

    6.4.2  The final submission shall include a copy of the edited text(s) or collection of artefact(s), appropriate textual and explanatory annotations, and a substantial introduction and critical commentary which set the text in the relevant historical, theoretical or critical context.  The thesis itself shall conform to the usual scholarly requirements and be of an appropriate length.