Admission and selection
Applications for admission to a research degree by published work programme shall be considered in accordance with these regulations and any additional requirements specified in other Senate Regulations.
General entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for a research degree by published work programme shall be an upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject.
Applicants for a research degree by published work programme must be
- a current or former member of the University’s academic staff who has at the date of application completed at least three years of full-time service or six years of part-time service with the University, or
- a current or former clinical or scientific member of staff of the National Health Service, or academic member of staff of the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, who has at the date of application held an honorary position with the University for a period of at least three years, or
- with respect to the degree of MD by Published Work, a graduate in medicine of the University of at least three years standing
Research students registered for a research degree programme under Senate Regulation Nine may not transfer to a research degree by published work programme unless they meet the requirements specified in (1)9.4.
The applicant must provide an initial submission comprising:
- a statement of around 1,000 words describing their contribution to knowledge and their suitability for a research degree by published work qualification
- a complete list of their authored works
- an indicative list of those works which the applicant intends to submit for examination, identifying
- works which are the result of work undertaken by or with others and the nature of the applicant’s contribution in each case
- works which have previously been submitted by the applicant for a degree of the University or another institution
- a complete curriculum vitae
- the appropriate application form and registration fee
An assessment by the Department using the initial submission shall be made of the applicant’s suitability for a research degree by published work qualification.
A decision to make an offer of admission to the degree of PhD by Published Work must be endorsed by two members of the Department’s academic staff – normally the proposed academic adviser and the Head of Department. Admissions decisions for the degree of MD by Published Work must be endorsed by the MD Degree Board of Studies.
A decision to make an offer of admission to a higher doctorate degree programme must not be made by staff who have or have had a close personal or professional relationship with the applicant or the applicant’s immediate family.
If the applicant is not made an offer of admission to a research degree by published work programme, the Department shall be responsible for providing the applicant with written feedback on the reasons for this.
The formal offer of admission to the degree of PhD by Published Work must be made by the Graduate School Office. The formal offer of admission to the degree of MD by Published Work must be made by the College Student Programmes Office.