iPhD Ocean and Earth Science 2023-24

Ocean and Earth Sciences

Academic Regulations: Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences

SchoolOcean and Earth Science
Final Award

Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean and Earth Science (PhD)

With exit awards of: Postgraduate Certificate  
Postgraduate Diploma  
Master of Science (MSc)  
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)  

Programme(s)Integrated PhD in Ocean and Earth Science (closed to applications)
Last modifiedApril 2023

The Academic Regulations apply to and regulate the programme(s) listed above.

On occasion, programmes can be exempted from one or more of the clauses in the Regulations; one or more of the clauses can be varied; and programmes can impose additional requirements.

  • Exemptions are characterised by the omission of the relevant clause.
  • Variations are characterised by the replacement of the clause with alternative wording.
  • Additions are characterised by requirements in addition to those detailed in the Academic regulations.

The programmes listed have approval from the Academic Quality and Standards Committee for the exemptions and/or variations and/or additions to the regulations noted below.


The clause(s) listed below describe where an exemption to the Regulations exists.

None apply


The clause(s) listed below describe where a variation to the Regulations exists.

The taught component is assessed under the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Postgraduate Master’s Programmes regulations with additional requirements below.  

Additional requirements

The clause(s) listed below are in addition to the Regulations.

At the end of year 1, an overall average mark of 50 or above is required in the taught component in order to continue in the research phase of the iPhD programme.  

Candidates who pass the taught part of the programme but who fail to achieve the standard required to proceed to research for the iPhD may be permitted to undertake supervised research for a Master’s dissertation for the award of the MSc in Oceanography.    

Students who have satisfied all the requirements but who do not wish to progress beyond the taught element towards a research degree, may be allowed to transfer to the Master’s level programme – providing they have achieved an overall mark of 50 from the taught element.  In this case a dissertation would be required.

There is no formal requirement to undertake a placement but some iPhDs may incorporate an extended placement at the industrial sponsor’s premises or incorporate study periods with an academic partner.  Such placements will be subject to the University’s normal risk assessment procedures. 

These regulations should be read in conjunction with the programme specification.


As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, these regulations may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.