A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) trains you as a researcher and allows you to develop advanced techniques and in-depth knowledge in a specialist area. You will develop an all-round knowledge of your discipline, and a broad range of transferable skills.
You will carry out independent research, resulting in an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area. You will work under the guidance of your supervisors. To be awarded a PhD you will submit a thesis and successfully defend this thesis in an oral examination (assessed according to the University's regulations).
The prescribed period of study for a full-time PhD is 36 months, and your thesis is expected to be submitted towards the end of the third year. The University regulations do allow a further 12 months study time for completion of the thesis but students are recommended to aim to complete within 3 years. Progress during your PhD is assessed by annual reviews, which formally determine whether you can progress with your PhD.
Students are encouraged to:
*Continue to discuss training and professional development with your supervisors.
*Update your Training Needs Analysis (TNA).
*Participate in tutoring or demonstrating (after attending tutor training).
*Participate in committees relating to postgraduate research.
*Attend relevant research seminars and lectures across the University.
*Contribute to the academic life of the School, such as through the PGR community, reading/discussion groups, open days, and outreach activities.
*Publish research work in appropriate journals, as agreed with your supervisors.
*Present your work at the School's Annual PGR Conference as well as at conferences or workshops, as appropriate to your research field.
*Write up and submit your thesis.