Welcome to your new style PGR programme handbook

Your PGR programme handbook introduces key aspects of policy and regulation which form the framework of your research degree programme. We have updated the handbook to be more user-friendly and easier for you to navigate. Please see below for important information on your first submission point, a quick overview of our Regulations and more information to help you get started on your PGR journey.

Your first submission

All research students have a compulsory submission which is due within a few months of first starting. More information can be found on the research support plan and skills audit section of the handbook You can also see your research degree timeline which will show you your assessment points, depending on the programme you are following.

The PGR programme handbook is supplemented by:

The Regulations for Awards

The Regulations for Awards - includes details of how your progress will be assessed and when, the time limits for your programme of research, thesis word count guidance and the criteria for the award of your degree.  This resource also sets out the minimum standards that you should expect with regard to research supervision and it details the responsibilities of the University, supervisors, and you as a PGR in terms of your research degree.

Regulations for Postgraduate Research Students

Regulations for Postgraduate Research Students - by registering with the University annually, you agree to comply with these Regulations and it is important that you take some time to familiarise yourself with these. It includes information about:

  • annual registration for your course
  • how you are expected to engage with your research degree and the University
  • requirements of students studying with us on a visa
  • what to do if you are ill or your personal circumstances are preventing you from engaging with your studies
  • important policies and regulations that relate to all students of the University.

Information provided by your School

Your School will provide you with local information about academic and administrative arrangements for your degree, such as: 

  • a tailored school induction to support you in your first few weeks with us
  • specialist facilities they have
  • health and safety guidance
  • opportunities for taking part in conferences, events and training

Training courses and University research events

In addition to School provision, we also run training and events centrally which you can access through SkillsForge

Information provided by the International Office

If you are an international student, attending the international student induction is a priority. The International Office can provide advice on visas, healthcare, banking and social activities for international students.