The Research Degrees Subcommittee is the University body concerned with the assurance of quality of research degree programmes across the University. Its remit covers the research degree regulations and maintenance of the ‌Research Degree Quality Code. The Registry is the unit with responsibility for day-to-day administration of research student affairs.

Research Degree Regulations are available from the University Calendar. The Research Degree Quality Code gives details of relevant policies and procedures, and each chapter can be accessed from the left-hand panel of this page.

Postgraduate student support

The University provides a number of routes of support for postgraduate students:

  • the supervisory arrangements and school-run thesis monitoring schemes, as detailed in the Research Degrees Quality Code;
  • the generic skills training programme organised by Organisational & Professional Development;
  • training for postgraduates who teach from the Academic Skills Centre (ASC); 
  • Student Services for areas such as: careers, counselling, disability services, funding, health, international student support, music, nursery, peer connections, residences and the student advisory service; and
  • general pastoral support for research students is by contacting the Enquiry Centre, Student Services to make an appointment.
  • English language support from English for International Students (EIS)

Involvement of research students in QA for Research Degrees

DUSA provides student representation on the relevant committees that deal with postgraduate affairs. Postgraduate students are represented on the DUSA Student Representative Council. For further details, consult the section on Student Representation.

The University takes part in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) organised by the HE Academy. Results are discussed at the Research Degree Subcommittee, reporting to the Leaning and Teaching Committee, the Research Committee and Senate.

Confidentiality and intellectual property undertaking form

Confidentiality and intellectual property undertaking form for postgraduate research students

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Criteria for linked degree/joint supervision of postgraduate programmes studied partly overseas

Criteria for linked degree/joint supervision of postgraduate programmes studied partly overseas

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Code of practice on consultancy, teaching and other work by PhD students

Code of practice on consultancy, teaching and other work by PhD students

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Guidance notes for Viva Voce examinations by video link

Guidance notes for Viva Voce examinations by video link for conveners of the examining committee

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CASE studentships: supervisory conflicts of interest

Industrial CASE (Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering) Studentships: supervisory conflicts of interest guidance

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Research degree staff fee waiver policy

Staff Research Degree Tuition Fee Scholarships

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Guidance on teaching and other work for Schools by PhD students

Guidance on teaching and other work for Schools by PhD students

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