Agreeing the Research Questions/Area

Agreeing the research area/questions to be addressed by the thesis and developing a viable plan for completing the research and submitting the thesis are both important early milestones in a research degree programme.
Schedule for Agreeing the Research Area and Plan (DClinPsy, DSocSci, EdD, EngD)

Research students registered for the degree of DClinPsy, DSocSci, EdD, or EngD will develop their research area/question and a research plan for completing the thesis in accordance with the programme requirements.

These degree programmes involve a structured process for completing these activities and research students on these programmes should refer to the programme literature for further advice.

Schedule for Agreeing the Research Area and Plan (PhD, MD, PsyD, MPhil)

Research students registered for the degree of PhD, MD, PsyD, or MPhil must agree their research area/question and a research plan for completing the thesis as quickly as possible following initial registration so as not lose valuable research time. Research students on these programmes:

  • should normally have agreed their research question/area with the supervisory team within six months of initial registration (MD, PsyD, or full-time PhD or MPhil) or twelve months of initial registration (part-time PhD or MPhil)
  • must have agreed their research question/area and research plan with the supervisory team by the time that they undertake the probation review

The second of these points is particularly important because to successfully complete the probation review, research students registered for the degree of PhD, MD, PsyD, or MPhill must be able to present the probation review panel with evidence that the research area/question that the their thesis will address is appropriate and that they have a viable plan for completing the research.

The research plan must facilitate the completion of all active research - including all experimental work, laboratory work, archival work, field work, and data collection - and the submission of the thesis for examination by the end of the relevant maximum registration period.

Research Ethics

If the research will involve human participants, the research student will also need to demonstrate how ethical concerns will be addressed. Research involving human participants must not commence without the prior approval of the relevant University Research Ethics Committee or, where required, a National Health Service Research Ethics Committee.

Research students registered for the degree of PhD, MD, PsyD, or MPhil will normally be expected to have obtained approval from the relevant Research Ethics Committee by the time that they undertake the probation review.

Practice Based Theses

In addition to the above requirements, research students registered for the degree of PhD or MPhil and who will submit a practice based thesis:

  • should normally have agreed the format for the practical component of the thesis with the supervisory team within six months of initial registration (full-time PhD or MPhil) or twelve months of initial registration (part-time PhD or MPhil)
  • must have agreed the format for the practical component of the thesis with the supervisory team by the time that they undertake the probation review 

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