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Quality HandbookPostgraduate Research


Research students who enrolled on their doctoral studies after 1 August 2016 are required to undertake three Progression Reviews during the course of their studies. The second Progression Review is known as Confirmation. Two attempts at each review are permitted; failure to meet the criteria for a successful Progression Review following the second attempt will lead to the termination of the research student's candidature in line with the Procedures for circumstances that may lead to termination of postgraduate research candidature.

Research students who enrolled on their doctoral studies before 1 August 2016 will follow the Progression Monitoring timings and procedures as determined by their Faculty which applied at the time of their admission. Students should refer back to their Faculty for further information.                                                                                                                  

Research students who enrolled before 1 August 2016 will follow the timings for upgrade/transfer from MPhil to PhD registration that applied at the time of their admission. The Progression Monitoring and Reviews section of the Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidature and Supervision provides a summary of these timings depending on year of entry and the policy and procedure set out in The Second Progression Review: Confirmation of Doctoral Candidature will apply when completing upgrade/transfer from MPhil to PhD. 

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