Research student progression

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Research Student Progress Groups (RSPGs)

The University has a system of progression review to help MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate students plan and progress their research, and to produce regular written material on an ongoing basis. The following forms must be submitted as required to the Research Student Progress Groups (RSPGs). There is an annual RSPG in June and an interim one in the Autumn for referred work and work where progress is deemed to be at risk.

The University has a system of progression review to help MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate students plan and progress their research, and to produce regular written material on an ongoing basis. The following forms must be submitted as required to the Research Student Progress Groups (RSPGs). There is an annual RSPG in June and an interim one in the Autumn for referred work and work where progress is deemed to be at risk.

Research students should submit an ethics application to their School's Research Ethics Review Panel after enrolment. Ethics approval must be sought before students begin collecting primary data.

Ethics form and procedure

Progress Review (RD2)

Students are required to submit the RD2 - Progress Report (RD2) along with a piece of written material for review by a published deadline.

A member of Student Journey will contact research students a month or two before a RSPG meeting. Form RD2 should be submitted along with the written work to ensure that:

  1. the University holds up to date contact details and supervisory team details
  2. students have an opportunity to comment on supervisory support
  3. supervisors and RSPG members can provide feedback on the work submitted (see below).

This is then formally reviewed by one of the university's six RSPGs. Each RSPG is aligned to one of the schools and is composed of academic staff who review the work submitted and will give feedback and make a formal decision on progress.

Upgrade from MPhil to PhD (RD2T)

Full-time students normally transfer within 3 years of registration and part-time students within 4.5 years. It is therefore recommended that full-time students submit the documents required to transfer (listed in RD2T - Transfer Report) by the end of their 2nd year of study, and part-time students by the end of their 3rd year of study. Transfer documents should be submitted to the Research and Postgraduate Office.

If students or supervisors have questions regarding registration or progress review they should contact the Research and Postgraduate Office via the web form to the right (or below on mobile).

Handbook for Research Students and Supervisors

Please note: Students who fail to deliver work on time will have their progress referred or may have their progress suspended.

Research and Postgraduate Office Contact details

Contact form

+44 (0)20 7133 4095

+44 (0)20 7133 2417

Tower Building

166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB

Room: AB1-26

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