Research Degrees Handbook

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The Research Degrees Handbook has been prepared to help explain all aspects of ResM, MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD and MD programmes at the University.

While the main section (‘Your Programme of Study’) is written directly for PGR (Postgraduate Research) students, other sections aim to provide guidance, clarity and assistance to their Supervisors, Examiners, and key staff across the University working to support you.

The Handbook includes the following sections

  • Overview of the Doctoral College governance and responsibilities
  • Your Programme of Study as a Research Student (including enrolment; induction; responsibilities; registration periods and fee paying structures; project approval; confirmation of route; research training; monitoring of progress; thesis requirements, submission and examination; teaching as a PGR; sources of support; complaints and appeals procedures; the Alumni Research Fellow Scheme; equality, diversity and inclusion)
  • Guidance for Supervisors
  • Minimum Resources for Postgraduate Research Students
  • School and Faculty Activities and Expectations for Postgraduate Research Degrees
  • Guidance of Examiners
  • Role and Responsibilities of Non-Examining Chairs at Viva Voce Examinations
  • Posthumous Research Degrees and Aegrotat Awards
  • Descriptors of Higher Education Qualifications at Level 7 (masters) and Level 8 (doctoral)
  • Thesis Presentation Guidelines.

It should be read in conjunction with the University-wide Academic Regulations (standard regulations for research degrees are combined with those for taught programmes) and the University Student Handbook.

School Supplements (sometimes combining one or more School), outlining local resources and expectations, can be found on the Doctoral College PGR Moodle pages (you will require a University user name and password to access these).

Please note that separate and/or additional regulations apply to students registered for the following Professional Doctorates: Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA), Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). All of the above programmes have their own Handbooks.

There are also separate regulations and guidelines for PhDs on the Basis of Prior Published Works.

If you have any questions about the Research Degrees Handbook or any aspect of postgraduate research at the University of Plymouth, please contact the Doctoral College.