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The Queen's Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes (RDPs) forms an integral part of the University’s quality assurance mechanisms and is designed to assure the quality and maintain the academic standards of RDPs, bringing consistency to research degree provision.

The Code of Practice for RDPs has been written for students, staff, examiners, and other stakeholders.  It provides links to the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, and outlines University procedures, processes and areas of good practice.

The Code of Practice for RDPs complements, but is not a substitute for the existing Study Regulations for RDPs. Staff and students should refer to the Study Regulations for RDPs in the first instance, in addition to the wider General Regulations.  In the event of any conflict of interpretation between the Code of Practice for RDPs and the regulations, the regulations prevail.  

  • Queen's Research Degree Programmes

    The Code of Practice for RDPs applies to all the RDPs (including the research elements of Professional Doctorates) offered by the University:

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Doctor of Philosophy (by Published Works) (PhD)
    Integrated Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
    Doctor of Medicine (MD)
    Master of Surgery (MCh)*

    Professional Doctorates

    Doctor of Childhood Studies (DChild)
    Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)
    Doctor of Education (EdD)*
    Doctor of Education (EdD) TESOL*
    Doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology (DECAP)
    Doctorate in Midwifery Practice (DMP)*
    Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP)*
    Juris Doctor (JD)*

    *no longer open for new applications

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