Skip to main content

iPhD Biomedical Science 2023-24

Academic Regulations: Faculty of Medicine

SchoolMedicine
Final Award

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with intermediate award of Master of Research (MRes))

With exit awards of:

Master of Research (MRes)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Programme(s)Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science
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.

Exemptions

The clause listed below describe where an exemption to the Regulations exists:

The Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science is exempt from clause 6.1 under section 6. (Repeat) of the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results Postgraduate Master’s Programmes.

Variations

The clause listed below describe where a variation to the Regulations exists:

Existing University Regulation 
Regulations for Research Degrees
Approved Variation
5

Additional requirements for Integrated PhDs 

Integrated PhDs are typically structured as follows, with any specific additional requirements detailed in the Academic Regulations:  

  • In the early stages of their programme, research students will be required to follow a prescribed programme of modules. Research students who complete these modules and pass the required assessments at the specified standard will be permitted to proceed to the research phase of the programme. This may also lead to the award of MA, MSc or MRes as defined in the relevant Academic Regulations. The right of referral or repeat will be defined in the relevant Academic Regulations.  In the event of failure to achieve the required standard following referral or repeat, such research students may be eligible for an exit award of a Diploma or Master’s Degree, subject to further academic work and dependent upon the requirements of the relevant programme specification. 
  • The remainder of the research student's programme will be devoted to supervised research and preparation of a thesis and may include the completion of further modules, training and development. 

Additional requirements for Integrated PhDs 

Integrated PhDs are typically structured as follows, with any specific additional requirements detailed in the Academic Regulations:  

  • In the early stages of their programme, research students will be required to follow a prescribed programme of modules. Research students who complete these modules and pass the required assessments at the specified standard, as well as successfully completing  the PhD competence review, will be permitted to proceed to the research phase of the programme. This may also lead to the award of MA, MSc or MRes as defined in the relevant Academic Regulations. The right of referral or repeat will be defined in the relevant Academic Regulations.  
  • The PhD competence review will be held at three points during year 1, with the first two being formative and the last one summative. Feedback will be provided after each review. If the third PhD competence review is failed, a second attempt will be offered.  Should the second attempt be failed, the Faculty may, at the end of year 1, recommend to Senate that candidature for the PhD is terminated. Eligible candidates may be offered the exit award of MRes 
  • The remainder of the research student's programme will be devoted to supervised research and preparation of a thesis and may include the completion of further modules, training and development. 
6

Duration of Research Degrees 

The duration of each research degree is set out in the following table: 

Degree Minimum Length of Candidature Maximum Length of Candidature 
Full-time Part-time Full-time Part-time 
PhD – Integrated route 36 months 48 months 60 months 96 months 

Duration of Research Degrees 

The duration of each research degree is set out in the following table: 

Degree Minimum Length of Candidature Maximum Length of Candidature 
Full-time Flexible routeFull-time Flexible route
PhD – Integrated route 36 months 48 months 54 months 96 months 

 

18.16
Summary of timings of progression reviews for research students who enrolled on their doctoral studies on or after 1 August 2016 (full-time programmes)
 First Attempt Second Attempt
Submission window Decision deadline Submission window Decision deadline 
First Progression Review 7 - 9 months Before the end of month 10 10 - 11 monthsBefore the end of month 12 
Second Progression Review (Confirmation) 18 - 20 monthsBefore the end of month 21 21 - 23 monthsBefore the end of month 24 
Third Progression Review 30 - 32 monthsBefore the end of month 33 33 - 35 monthsBefore the end of month 36 
Summary of timings of progression reviews for research students who enrolled on their doctoral studies on or after 1 August 2016 (part-time programmes) NB: All part-time students are required to undertake an Interim Progression Review if they have not undergone a Progression Review in the previous twelve months of candidature with timings for individual students set down in PGR Manager.
 

First Attempt 

Second Attempt 

Submission window 

Decision deadline 

Submission window 

Decision deadline 
First Progression Review 15 - 20 monthsBefore the end of month 21 21 - 23 monthsBefore the end of month 24 
Second Progression Review (Confirmation) 30 - 41 monthsBefore the end of month 42 42 - 47 monthsBefore the end of month 48 
Third Progression Review 61 - 65 monthsBefore the end of month 66 66 - 71 monthsBefore the end of month 72 

Approved Variation

Summary of timings of progression reviews for research students who enrolled on their doctoral studies on or after 1 August 2016 (full-time iPhD Biomedical Science programme)
 First Attempt Second Attempt
Submission window Decision deadline Submission window Decision deadline 
Year 1 Taught Modules    
First Progression Review 16 - 18 months Before the end of month 20 20 - 22 monthsBefore the end of month 24
Second Progression Review (Confirmation) 25 - 27 monthsBefore the end of month 3031 - 33 monthsBefore the end of month 36
Third Progression Review 37 - 39 monthsBefore the end of month 41 41 - 43 monthsBefore the end of month 45
Summary of timings of progression reviews for research students who enrolled on their doctorate studies on or after 1 August 2016 (flexible route iPhD Biomedical Science programme)
 

First Attempt 

Second Attempt 

Submission window 

Decision deadline 

Submission window 

Decision deadline 
Year 1 Taught Modules    
First Progression Review 32 - 36 monthsBefore the end of month 3940 - 44 monthsBefore the end of month 47
Second Progression Review (Confirmation) 48 - 52 monthsBefore the end of month 55 56 - 60 monthsBefore the end of month 63 
Third Progression Review 64 - 68 monthsBefore the end of month 71 72 - 76 monthsBefore the end of month 78 

Where a student can be shown to be making exceptional progress, a research student may be permitted to undertake their Progression Review earlier than the timeframe specified.  In such a case, the request must be made by the main supervisor to the Faculty Director of the Graduate School for recommendation to the Faculty Education Committee for approval.               

Additional requirements

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

Years 2-4 of this programme may be subject to DBS requirements, see clause 4 of the
Procedures for Handling Applications for Students with Previous Criminal Convictions.

Disclaimer

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.

Back
to top