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This Theme relates to the specific context of, and particular requirements for, doctorates and research master's degrees. It provides advice for providers on the research environment and the supervisory process, which are distinct requirements of research degrees.

UK Quality Code, Advice and Guidance: Research Degrees

Publication date: 29 Nov 2018

Expectations and Practices for Research Degrees

Guiding Principles

  1. Provision of information is clear and accessible to research students and staff.
  2. The research environment is supportive and inclusive for all research students.
  3. Supervisors are appropriately skilled and supported.
  4. Research students are afforded opportunities for professional development.
  5. Progression monitoring is clearly defined and operated.
  6. Higher education providers offer clear guidance and processes on assessment for research degrees.


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