Additionally, first-year students are normally required to take two master's-level taught modules (selected from a list of over 100 modules) as part of their first-year assessment, and will participate in regular seminars, which will equip them with essential skills in research practice and communication. Students may also be expected to engage in additional researcher development activities.
All doctoral research takes place in DPHU Centers facilities. However, the Department and its supervisors have strong links to other institutions both in the UK and around the world. After their first year, students may therefore apply for permission to undertake research in other institutions for extended periods of time. All necessary practical arrangements are the responsibility of students and their supervisors.
The Department is flexible in permitting students, with the support of their supervisors, to undertake research in an industrial setting. Permission to work away from the University is required. However, students may not undertake any paid work in an industrial setting during the course of the PhD.
Throughout the PhD, students can expect to receive feedback from their supervisors, who they will meet for regular supervisions, and assistance from those working in the same research group. Supervisors will also submit a termly report on students' progress which will be made available via the CamSIS self-service system.
Every student is also allocated an advisor, who is available for consultation alongside the supervisor. Additionally, in the first year, students will receive feedback from coursework assignments and the Researcher Development Course leaders in the first year.
At a very early stage you and your supervisor should agree on a short written proposal, which indicates the aims and justification of the dissertation, the main research questions, literature and investigative work to be covered, and a very provisional outline of chapter titles and sub-headings. There should also be a written plan or timetable indicating how the work is going to be undertaken and identifying critical points when you will meet with your supervisor or otherwise be in contact with each other.
The PhD is assessed through the examination of a thesis, including an oral ("viva voce") examination. The thesis must not exceed 65,000 words (including appendices, footnotes, tables and equations), and must not contain more than 150 figures.
First-year students are normally required to take two master's-level taught modules (selected from a list of over 100 modules) as part of their first-year assessment, and will participate in a regular seminars, which will equip them with essential skills in research practice and communication.
These guidelines are for the partners in blended mode