Academic Regulations: Faculty of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine (DM)
With exit awards of:
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
|Programme(s)||Doctor of Medicine|
|Last modified||April 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:
The clause(s) listed below describe where a variation to the Regulations exists:
Existing University regulation
A research student in candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy may be permitted, at any time prior to the submission of the thesis, to transfer to a programme leading to the degree of Master of Philosophy. The period spent in candidature up to the point of transfer will be counted towards the period of candidature required for the degree to which the transfer is made. Details of the permission required to transfer for other programmes will be detailed in the Academic Regulations.
|Research students registered for the degree of DM may apply to transfer to PhD registration after at least one year of part-time registered study. Research students wishing to transfer from DM to PhD will be required to successfully complete the Faculty of Medicine's Transfer of candidature to PhD procedures not less than six months before the end of their DM candidature The Transfer of candidature to PhD will normally take the form of a confirmation panel, even if a research student has previously had their DM status confirmed. Time already spent in candidature for the DM will count towards the period of study required for the PhD.|
|Existing University regulation Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidature and Supervision|
Progression Monitoring and Reviews
1 These timings may be adjusted on a pro-rata basis for research students registered on non-standard research programmes where other duties are a formal part of the programme; for example, the Clinical Doctorate Research Fellowship scheme or the Mayflower Scholarship scheme.
Research students enrolled on a DM programme will follow the timelines for progression reviews set out for full-time doctoral students:
The clause(s) listed below are in addition to the Regulations.
Existing University regulation
Applicants for a research degree shall hold an undergraduate degree or Master’s degree in a suitable subject of any approved higher education institution or whatever award/range of experience is deemed equivalent by the Faculty Graduate School Committee using the selection procedures specified in section 6 of the Code of Practice (Selection and Admission of Research Students: Selection procedures) and the guidance on recognition of prior [experiential/certificated] learning as set out in the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy. Applications from individuals with other non-standard qualifications must be approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may be admitted on transfer from another higher education institution according to the guidelines set out in section 6 of the Code of Practice (Selection and Admission of Research Students: Transferring from another institution).
Candidates must hold a medical qualification which is recognised by the General Medical Council for the United Kingdom, and must have held this qualification for at least three years by the date of submission of the thesis or published works.
Alternative Submission for the Degree
a. Southampton graduates not employed in hospitals or institutions associated with the Faculty of Medicine may register as a student of the University for a DM degree if they can provide evidence that they have tried unsuccessfully to submit for the degree at their local university. Such students will undertake a period of supervised research in their home institution following the requirements of the University of Southampton Regulations for Research Degrees.
b. Any graduates who hold a Consultant or equivalent position, or who work in General Practice and who are employed in local hospitals or institutions associated with the Faculty of Medicine, may apply for the award of the degree by submission of published works. Such works should be broadly comparable to a DM thesis, as specified in regulation 24 below. The normal requirement would be a minimum of four peer-reviewed papers in respected journals which form a coherent body of work.
Such candidates will not be allocated a supervisor but will be allocated an academic mentor who will provide informal guidance during the preparation of the candidate's thesis or published works. The proposed area of research must be approved by the Faculty normally at least one year before submission of the thesis.
The degree of Doctor of Medicine denotes high professional standing and good competence as evidenced by high quality clinically orientated or biomedical research. Candidates must provide evidence that they have mastered a special field within the broad remit of clinical medicine or surgery, or more basic science as it relates to those areas. The scientific and research methods employed by the candidate must be validated. The work should be of a standard that might reasonably be expected from a candidate who has spent at least two years in part-time research. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate they have met the criteria expected of other doctoral level degrees as set out in section 4 of the Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidature and Supervision.
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.