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Quality Handbook

This section of the Quality Handbook relates to postgraduate research degrees, including those programmes of study that have a taught element contributing to the final award.

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Degree Approval

Information relating to the different approval mechanisms for research degrees.

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Quality monitoring

Information relating to the regular scrutiny processes for research programmes.

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Research degree candidature

Information relating to your time as a student including: Progression, Special consideration, Submission and Completion, Termination or withdrawal and PGRs who Teach.

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Information for Faculties to aid the production of a Supervisor handbook and guidance on supervisory loading.

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Higher Doctorates

Information relating to the application and the approval process for higher degrees.

The University’s requirements for all research degrees are covered by the Higher Degree Regulations and the Code of Practice for Research Candidature and Supervision. The Code of Practice is complementary to the Regulations, providing in detail the University’s expectations for creating appropriate standards and supportive conditions to enable every research student to have the best possible experience whilst undertaking his or her studies.

Useful internal sites include the Researcher Development & Graduate Centre, the Doctoral Training Centres website and the Postgraduate Welcome.

Other, external site include the QAA - Doctoral Degree Characteristics, the UK Council for Graduate Education and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

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