The University has specific Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes which are updated on an annual basis, and include the following areas:
- Regulations relating to external students and students working away from the University for a period.
- Minimum and maximum periods of study, and temporary withdrawal.
- Progress including supervision, monitoring and the Annual Progress Review process.
- Assessment and Award of Degree including requirements for Master’s/Doctoral degrees, appointment of examiners, and the examinations process.
The Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes are contained within the University Calendar: General Regulations which is revised annually and includes the following areas:
- Principles for Professional Doctorates and Integrated PhDs.
- Regulations for Students including definitions, admissions procedures, fees, and graduation.
- Academic Appeal Regulations (Research Degree Programmes).
- Conduct Regulations and other regulations for the use of laboratories and the library.
- A range of procedures including those for dealing with academic offences, Fitness to Practise (particularly relevant to Professional Doctorates), and the Student Complaints Procedure.
- A range of policies including the Equality and Diversity Policy, the Student Disability Policy, and the Student Maternity, Maternity Support and Adoption Policy.
The Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes are complemented at School level by a range of information including guides to specific RDPs, application and admissions procedures, and the expectations of students undertaking a RDP within a particular School. Student handbooks contain both generic, and subject-specific material in relation to admissions, support during study, supervision, Annual Progress Review, and final examination. Some procedures may vary at a local level and may be influenced by the structure of the programme, particularly if it has any taught elements. The Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes will, however, have precedence over all other existing procedures at a local level. Procedures at a local level must therefore be in line with the current Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes.