Monitoring and Progression

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Your research will be guided by one or two Supervisors who you will meet at least ten times every year, usually each month. During supervision meetings you will receive guidance on your progress, discuss your findings, and set out your plans for the next stage of your research.

At the beginning of your studies, and in each subsequent year, you and your Supervisor will assess what training you need to support you in your research degree. This training might be specific to your project, such as languages, oral history methods, statistics, library skills, or related to your development, such as 'Starting your Research Degree' and 'From Idea to Thesis: Managing your Research Degree'.

Much of project specific training will take place in meetings with your Supervisor, who will read your work and provide detailed feedback and advice. Much of the generic training you will require is delivered through the LEAP Training Hub.


First Formal Progress Review

After 6 months (full time), or 12 months (part time), you will have your First Formal Progress Review with your Supervisor(s) to ensure your research is progressing as expected and that you have undertaken the training agreed on your Training Plan.

Transfer to full PhD

After 9 months (full time), or 18 months (part time), you will have a Transfer meeting with the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies and an expert Assessor to discuss your progress and your ability to complete the doctoral programme in the required time frame. You will be required to submit a synopsis of your thesis with a chapter-by-chapter breakdown, a schedule for completing the work and a sample chapter and bibliography. If successful, you will be transferred from provisional to full PhD status.

Annual Progress Reviews

After 24 and 36 months (full time), or 48 and 72 months (part time), you will have Annual Progress Reviews. These meetings are an opportunity to reflect on the progress you have made so far and to ensure that you have the plans in place to complete your studies within four years.


At the end of your degree you will submit your thesis which is examined by two academics, one from another university, working in a similar area. They invite you to an oral exam (viva) where you will discuss and defend your findings.

GRAD System

All documentation relating to your progress and development as a postgraduate researcher, from your first meeting with your Supervisor to the result of your viva, is recorded on the University's Graduate Record of Achievement and Development (GRAD) system.