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Please note that there are temporary changes to regulation and procedure due to the coronavirus outbreak as shown in the Covid-19 guidance.


Summary of regulatory changes and/or additions for 2019/20

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PGR governance changes

Role and committee titles have been updated in line with the new PGR governance structure – e.g. Faculty PGR Director has replaced Graduate Education Director and the Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (PGR) has replaced the wider postgraduate role.


2.3, 4.6 & 5.1.2

Academic integrity

New regulation sets out the University’s approach to academic integrity and links to a new overarching policy in this area. It is the responsibility of research students to adopt the academic integrity ethos.



Overlapping registration

Revised regulation acknowledges that under certain conditions it is permissible to be registered for a Masters by research degree and a doctorate at the same time.


4.3, 6.4.2 & 9.2.2

Submission within the period of study & short extensions

Regulation has been reinforced to emphasise that research students must submit within their maximum period of study or they will be withdrawn. The option to apply for a short extension near the submission point due to unforeseen circumstances has been added.



The writing-up period

New guidance on the writing-up period has been added. 



Supervisory teams

Revised regulation specifies that a supervisory team (i.e. at least two supervisors) is required for all research students.


       5.1.2 & 9.1

Supervisors and the examination process

Regulation has been reinforced to emphasise that supervisors must not discuss the examination – including the examiners’ recommendation – with examiners beyond the practical arrangements for the oral examination.



Annual progress review and Turnitin

 Revised regulation acknowledges that if there are contractual or other concerns about sensitive material in a research student’s written report, the main supervisor may decide that the report does not have to be submitted to Turnitin as part of the annual progress review.


9.2.3 and Annex 8

Method of submission and Turnitin

Revised regulation specifies that in exceptional cases where there are contractual or other reasons for not submitting the dissertation to Turnitin as part of the examination process, a request may be made to use an alternative method for the plagiarism check.


9.2.5 & 9.6.2

Deferred access to the dissertation

Revised regulation on deferred access extends the considerations in relation to contractual and other obligations on sensitive material in the dissertation.




Examination co-ordination and Independent Chairs

Revised guidance clarifies that where an Independent Chair has been appointed because there is an inexperienced internal examiner, rather than where there are only external examiners, it is the internal examiner who should co-ordinate the examination.




Appointment of external examiners for multiple examinations

New regulation permits external examiners to be appointed for an extended period to undertake multiple examinations for Masters by research students.



Observers at an oral examination

Revised regulation provides a unified approval process for observers to attend oral examinations.


Annex 1

Eligibility for candidature by published work

Revised regulation extends eligibility to allow University staff who have equivalent experience to a first degree to apply.


Annex 5

Integration of publications within the dissertation

New guidance on the integration of publications as chapters within the dissertation has been added.


Annex 10

Guidance from examiners on corrections and resubmissions

A new annex provides advice to examiners on how to set out guidance to candidates on corrections and resubmissions.



Internal examiners from partner institutions

New regulation permits academics from partner institutions to perform the role of the internal examiner if this is set out in the partnership agreement.


These Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes (hereafter “the Regulations and Code”) apply to the degrees listed below.[1]


in the Faculty/Faculties of


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

All faculties

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Health Sciences

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Social Sciences and Law

Doctor of Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)

Social Sciences and Law

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Health Sciences

Life Sciences

Doctor of Social Science (DSocSci)

Social Sciences and Law

Engineering Doctorate (EngD)




Masters degrees by research

in the Faculty/Faculties of

Master of Music (MMus)


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


Social Sciences and Law

Master of Science by Research (MScR)


Health Sciences

Life Sciences



The Regulations and Code are for use by:


The Regulations and Code are updated annually so it is essential that research students and staff refer to the current edition. Only the current edition has regulatory status and supersedes all previous editions. 

[1] The Regulations and Code do not apply to Higher Doctorates (DEng, DLitt, DMus, DSc, LLD), which have separate regulations at: