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PsychologyPostgraduate study

Supervision & progress

In Psychology we offer the support students need in order to achieve research work of the highest calibre.

Supervisory team

As a postgraduate student at Southampton we will expect you to take responsibility for your own progress. However, you will be working within a supervisory team structure made up of one primary supervisory and at least one further supervisor. Your supervisors will be able to help you to identify and manage any issues (academic or otherwise) that may occur during your programme of research.

You will almost certainly have already met your primary supervisor as part of the recruitment process. As an expert in your chosen area of research, he or she will be the main source of guidance on academic content and methods. He or she will work with you to identify your training needs at the start of your PhD and in each year of study.

Reporting and assessment

We have several milestones in place to ensure that you are progressing as expected, including an annual progress report. In addition, and typically during the second of your programme, you will be required to provide a theoretical and empirical overview of your research that will be examined through a viva voce by one of our assessment tutors. This process will determine your upgrade from MPhil to PhD.

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