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For progression into year 2 of a full-time PhD or MPhil programme (or equivalent stage of a part-time PhD or MPhil programme), a student must demonstrate that they:

 


(a)  can articulate the direction their research is taking and the research questions it addresses;

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For progression into year 3 of a full-time PhD programme (or equivalent stage of a part-time PhD programme), a student must demonstrate that they:


(a)  can articulate the direction their research is taking and the research questions it addresses and how this will lead to a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding;

(b)  have planned in a realistic fashion the third year (or equivalent) of their research, based on the expectation that the project will be completed and the thesis submitted on time, indicating any risks and how these will be mitigated;

(c)   have the ability to write up their research in an appropriate academic format for it to be critically assessed by peer reviewers and examiners;

(d)  have begun to acquire the wider background knowledge of their research field required for the degree of PhD;

(e)  can apply the relevant research methods, techniques and theoretical approaches required to make an original contribution to knowledge or understanding;

(f)    have undertaken all required training;

(g)  have considered ethical issues (including data management and authorship) where applicable and have in place an appropriate data management plan.


Progress review meeting

The progression panel will consider your evidence, the supervisor’s report and agreed TAP reports (delete if not applicable) at a progress review meeting. Based on these elements, the progression panel will make a decision as to whether you have met, exceeded or not met the relevant University progression criteria as well as a recommendation regarding your progression.

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If you have any exceptional circumstances that may impact on a formal review of progress then you should contact your supervisor as soon as possible to discuss your options.