4.5 Advanced Postgraduate (APG) Status and Review
At the start of your degree, you will normally be registered as an Advanced Postgraduate (APG) for your first year if you are a full-time researcher or for your first two years if you are a part-time or distance learning researcher. During this period your School/Department will assess your overall suitability as a postgraduate researcher.
Towards the end of your period of registration as an Advanced Postgraduate you will be required to undertake a formal review of your status. The exact format will vary according to your discipline, but it will often involve you producing a written report on your research and presenting this to members of the School/Department academic staff.
What is the purpose of the APG status review?
Taken with the record of your progress in developing your research and other skills, this review forms the basis of a recommendation to the Graduate Dean that you:
- be transferred to a named research degree programme (PhD, MPhil, etc.), or
- be given a short extension of your Advanced Postgraduate status to allow you additional time to demonstrate you have made sufficient progress, or
- have your registration ended on the grounds that you have not demonstrated sufficient progress
Clearly then the Advanced Postgraduate status review is an important milestone in your career as a postgraduate researcher. It is important that you make sure you are properly prepared for the review process and discuss this with your supervisor if you are unsure what to expect.