New Research Students
A warm welcome to new research degree students. Here is a quick summary of the information you will need in your first few weeks. For more detailed information, see Information for New Research Students (pdf).
WHAT TO DO NEXT
1. Contact the Research Administrator where your programme is located, to receive essential information and help.
2. Enrol immediately on arrival and in person. The Research Administrator will help you. Enrolment is a binding two-way contract. Students agree to abide by University regulations and the University agrees to provide the facilities and resources needed for the research programme.
3. Pay the appropriate fees – see the Finance page for essential information
4. Book to attend one of the Graduate School all-day Induction events. To check dates and book a place, see Researcher Development
5. Arrange to meet your Principal Supervisor as soon as a priority.
6. Browse the Graduate School website, to find out more about each stage of your programme.
7. Begin to plan your application for Project Approval with the support of your supervisor.
INFORMATION ON RESEARCH DEGREES
For detail on all the following, see Information for New Research Students.pdf
• Different types of research degrees - New students register for Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy or Professional Doctorate. The University also offers PhD by Published Work and Higher Doctorates
• Mode of Study – Students register full-time (minimum 37 hours per week for 45 weeks per year) or part-time (minimum 22 hours per week for 45 weeks of the year)
• Supervision – Each programme is supervised by a minimum of two academic staff who are experts in the field. The Principal Supervisor is the key person to assist you in your programme.
• Researcher Development – Each student has an individual programme of research skills training to support their programme and career development. Training in research skills is a critical part of the research degree programme.
• Satisfactory and timely progress – All students must maintain satisfactory & timely progress throughout the programme. Student progress is monitored formally and informally.
• Responsibilities and Entitlements - Undertaking a research degree is a challenging task. It entails specific responsibilities for both student and supervisor. In addition, the University’s Postgraduate Research (PGR) Code of Practice sets out the facilities and services which students are entitled to receive.
• People who will help you – A range of University staff will assist you in your programme. This includes: Supervisors, Research Administrators, Post-Graduate Research (Programme) Directors, Associate Deans (Research and Innovation), Graduate School Staff – as well as staff in the Students' Union, Student Support & Wellbeing, University Library, Accommodation, Finance etc.
• Academic Standards – The University’s regulations and Code of Practice aim to ensure the quality and academic standards of research degree programmes.
USEFUL INFORMATION AND WEBPAGES FOR NEW STUDENTS
• One Planet Student Activities Programme which is available on Student Support and Wellbeing Service