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Postgraduate Research Handbook

Satisfactory Progress

All PGR students within Alliance MBS will have their progress reviewed formally twice a year throughout their University career.  

You should be aware that what are detailed in this section are the minimum requirements for progression and monitoring within the School.  The timing and number of reviews given in this Handbook are indicative of a normal progression structure for a PGR student.  However, if your progress is assessed as unsatisfactory by an Annual Review panel, you may be required to have your progress assessed more than twice a year.  The School reserves the right to convene a panel to review the progress of a student at any time during their University career.

Following the annual review each year, a number of possible outcomes are available for final recommendation, dependent on the type of degree on which the student registered.

Students initially registered on a doctoral degree:

  • CONTINUATION - The student has met the required doctoral standards and the recommendation is made for the student to continue registration on the doctoral degree
  • RESUBMIT (remedial work) – The student has almost met the required doctoral standards but further work must be done to continue registration. Following the first attempt at a formal review, students will normally be given one opportunity to resubmit work for a further review and will normally be given up to 10 weeks after the first panel meeting to complete the remedial work and submit it to the panel for consideration. The resubmission and review of the submitted work should, where possible, take place before the end of the student’s current year of study. The outcome of ‘RESUBMIT’ should be based on the quantity and quality of the revisions that would be necessary to achieve the standard required in the time available. Following the review of the remedial work, the outcome ‘RESUBMIT (remedial work)’ must not be recommended.    
  • TRANSFER - The student has not met the required doctoral standards and a recommendation is made for the student to be transferred from the doctoral degree to MPhil
  • WITHDRAWAL – The student has not met the required standard for doctoral degrees or MPhil and the recommendation is made for the student’s registration to be terminated

Students initially registered on an MPhil degree:

  • TRANSFER - The student has met the required doctoral standards and a recommendation is made for the student to be transferred from MPhil to the relevant doctoral degree.
  • RESUBMIT (remedial work) – the student has almost met the required standard of the programme but further work must be done to continue registration. Following the first attempt at a formal review, students will normally be given one opportunity to resubmit work for a further review and will normally be given up to 10 weeks after the first panel meeting to complete the remedial work and submit it to the panel for consideration. Following the review of the remedial work the outcome ‘RESUBMIT (remedial work)’ must not be recommended.
  • CONTINUATION - The student has not met the required standard for transfer to doctoral level and the recommendation is made for the student to register for the MPhil submission pending period.
  • WITHDRAWAL – The student has not met the required standard for the MPhil and the recommendation is made for the student’s registration to be terminated.

It is a requirement of registration that all students successfully progress via the Annual Review process each year.  You will not be permitted to re-register until the Doctoral Programmes Office has received confirmation from the Review Panel that your academic progress is satisfactory.