Research degree-related policies
Certain policies relate specifically to students on research degree programmes or to the management of research degrees.
Appeals (research students)
If a candidate for a research degree wishes to appeal against an academic decision, there is a formal procedure to follow.
Appointing examiners for research degrees
It is the supervisor's responsibility to recommend both internal and external examiners who meet the eligibility criteria using the examination entry form
Attendance monitoring (postgraduate Research students)
This document includes policy, guidance and examples of good practice in relation to attendance monitoring by staff in schools.
Change of programme: MA by research to provisional PhD (Arts only)
The document explains the arrangements under which PGRs registered for the degree of MA by Research in the Schools of English, History, LCS and PHRS may be permitted a change of programme to Provisional PhD registration status, before proceeding to an assessment for transfer to PhD.
change of research project
The policy provides guidance for those cases where consideration is being given to a postgraduate researcher (PGR) changing their research project/focus.
Close personal relationships with students
This policy explains what a member of staff should do if they become involved in a close personal relationship with a student including a research student.
Concurrent registrations for postgraduate researchers
Candidates for research degrees are not normally permitted to register concurrently for two programmes of study at this or another Higher Education Institution.
considering applications for part-time research degree study
Part-time study is not offered as an option for all research degree programmes. Applicants should seek advice from the relevant Faculty/School in advance of making an application. Academic requirements for part-time study are identical to those for full-time study. Eligibility for Part-time Study Where the research degree programme is offered on a part-time basis applicants for part-time study will be considered in the following circumstances only:
Disabled postgraduate researchers
The University is experienced in supporting disabled Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs). Disabled Students Assessment and Support (DSAS), the individual PGR and their academic School work together to remove any barriers a student may face in their studies; including putting in place reasonable adjustments to the transfer and viva process.
Disagreement between research degree examiners
In the exceptional situation when the team examining a research degree cannot reach agreement on the outcome, a procedure has been agreed for resolving the issue.
Examiners and independent chairs - criteria for appointment (research students)
The preferred level of experience for a research degree examiner is either experience of supporting a doctoral candidate through to successful completion or previous examination experience.
External examiner briefings (research students)
This page guides members of staff providing briefings to external examiners who are undertaking their first UK postgraduate research examination
Oral examinations - good practice guidelines
Before the viva the internal examiner should ensure logistic arrangements are in place to make all parties comfortable and to minimise distractions to the examination. Examiners may find the following good-practice guidance helpful in conducting the viva.
Part time research degrees for Leeds staff
Members of University Staff may apply to be accepted as candidates for research degrees on a part-time basis only, subject to satisfying the entry requirements.
Plagiarism in research work
The University has agreed ways in which suspected plagiarism should be investigated in research degree work with guidance depending on the point at which possible plagiarism is identified.
Postgraduate research students engaged in teaching
This code of practice applies to postgraduate research students registered at the University of Leeds who are engaged in teaching at the University and paid on an hourly rate.
Postgraduate Research Tutor
The Postgraduate Research Tutor has a key strategic and operational role within the academic unit.
Research degree candidatures code of practice
This Code sets out a framework of shared responsibilities between the University, supervisors and candidates with the aim of delivering successful research degree programmes and to inspire all our research students to develop their full potential.
Research degree supervision eligibility
The Graduate Board provides criteria for appointing research degree supervisors.
Research degree supervisors guide
The guide for research degree supervisors provides information to enable supervisors to provide the appropriate level of support to their postgraduate researchers
Research excellence in doctoral research submissions
Where examiners identify research excellence in doctoral research degree submissions, as defined by the policy, this can be formally recognised by the Examinations Group.
Suspensions and extensions of study for postgraduate research students
Where circumstances or events occur which adversely impact on a research student's progress, the University may grant a period of suspension or extension of study. This may also happen during the referral period.
Thesis in a language other than English (research students)
Research degree candidates within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies may be granted permission to submit theses in a language other than English.