Second Year Assessment
The second year is a particularly important phase of the PhD program. Students may be nearing the end of their initial exploratory work, or moving onto a more challenging project.
Meeting with your Supervisor
To ensure students do not lose their way, we recommend that Supervisors continue to meet with students at least once per week for the first six months of their 2nd year.
Should progress falter, Supervisors and students should make every conceivable effort to identify any barriers to progress so that a satisfactory solution to any problems that have arisen can be found. In exceptional circumstances, Supervisors and students should call a meeting of the Thesis Committee to discuss the students options. The Thesis Committee reserves the right to, at any time, advise students that their research program is failing.
If a problem has been identified and appropriate steps can not be taken to remedy the situation, Thesis Committee may advise the student to discontinue their studies.
In such circumstances Thesis Committee will inform the Senior Postgraduate Tutor. Students who fail to progress during their second year will normally be offered the opportunity to submit their work as a research-led Masters (MPhil)
Second Year Requirements
The formal requirements for the second year program are as follows :
- Attend postgraduate courses, totalling 30 credits, recorded using the templates provided
- Record any conferences, meetings etc attended, using the templates provided
- Submit one research chapter of their thesis
- Submit a detailed thesis outline complete with timetable for submissions
- Complete a mock viva examination
Thesis Chapter and Outline Submission Deadline is in your calendar
Students should consult their Supervisors concerning the content of their thesis chapter.
Second Year Calendars
Full Time Students
If you started study in January 2012
Part Time Students
If you started study in October 2010
If you started study in January 2011