Information for current postgraduate students

Welcome to the Medical School’s pages for Postgraduate Research Students. From this page you should be able to find the information you need to pursue your higher degree.

Upon Arrival

There are several things you will need to do upon arrival and after you register with the University and before you start work in the lab. See the pages Year 1 - Month 1. If you will be working out of normal office hours you are obliged to complete an out of hour’s course. See the Health and Safety pages for further details.  You should also familiarise yourself with the Medical School policies relating to holiday, and what to do if you are ever absent due to sickness.  Please see the FAQ section for further guidance.

During your PhD

During your PhD you are required to have a number of formal meetings with your supervisors. Your progress will be monitored. Further details can be found in the Progress Monitoring and ‘Requirements at a glance’ pages. At the end of your first year you will be required to undergo a confirmation review to confirm your registration as a doctoral level student. The decision to confirm registration will be based on your progress with the Doctoral Development Programme (DDP), production of a mini-thesis and your performance at an oral examination. You are also required to give a poster presentation in your 2nd year and oral presentations in your 1st and 3rd years. At the end of year 2, PhD students are, in addition, required complete a form outlining their plans for completion of their proposed PhD thesis. You will also be monitored during your writing up period and will be expected to provide regular progress updates. When you have completed writing up you will have a viva voce exam.  Students should be aiming to submit by the end of year 3.

Medical School Policy on Unfair Means and Copyright

The Medical School is committed to training PGR students to the highest standards, in line with the skills and attributes identified in the Researcher Development Framework. The ability to produce a written piece of academic work for assessment or publication, without resorting to unfair means (e.g. plagiarism), is considered essential in a researcher. In order to help you to acquire appropriate academic skills when producing written work, and to avoid unintentional plagiarism, we have developed a Policy on Plagiarism. You are advised to familiarise yourself with this before commencing your studies.  For further information please see the Unfair Means & Copyright webpage

Graduate Research Committee

The Graduate Research Committee deals with issues regarding development, monitoring and assessment of postgraduate research students in the Medical School. Should you like to raise any concerns or issues you have with this committee please do so via your Student Committee.

Student Committee

As a postgraduate research student in the Medical School you automatically belong to the Medical Postgraduate Society. A small group of students oversee the Society and have a student ‘voice’ on a number of School Committees. Should you have any issues or concerns you would like to raise with the School’s Graduate Research Committee you may do so via your Departmental Student representative. If you would like further details about this, or to get involved, please see the Medical Postgraduate Society pages.