Research student progression

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The University has a system of progression review to help MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate students plan and progress their research, by submitting written material for review at regular intervals - these are known as the Research Student Progress Groups (RSPGs). 


There is an annual RSPG in June or July, followed by an interim one in November for referred work and work where progress is deemed to be at risk.

Please note that the deadline for submission is usually specified in the Research Student Handbook.

An RD2 Research Student Progress Review_accessible form must be submitted as required to the RSPGs. 

Students who fail to deliver work on time will have their progress referred or may have their progress suspended however, you should indicate on the forms if anything has affected your application. The University would be sympathetic towards reasons connected with the Coronavirus situation. The process for requesting extensions or intermissions is outlined in the 

Handbook for Research Students and Supervisors 2023-24  

You should keep in regular contact with your supervisors and be working towards the Progress Reviews as a matter of course throughout your studies. All forms will need to be signed off by your supervisory team and if you are experiencing difficulties meeting your deadlines, let them know as soon as possible. 

If you have any questions about this process, speak to your supervisor in the first instance. The Research and Postgraduate Office is responsible for logging submissions, requests for transfer, extension and intermission and can offer general advice - you can contact them at

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