It is the responsibility of Education Committee, through its Graduate Panel and Graduate Admissions Committee, to determine the policy, timetable, and process for the admission of research students.
Postgraduate research (PGR) students are admitted as Probationer Research Students (PRS), except in certain cases provided for by special regulation. Divisional boards and faculty boards have the power and responsibility to admit PGR students. In the case of divisional boards, this power is delegated to, and responsibility discharged by, departments and other units designated by a board as a University Admitting Body (UAB).
No person may be admitted as a PGR student unless he or she has also been admitted as a member of a college, and unless the application for admission as a PGR student has the approval of his or her college. Colleges collectively agree to admit all those offered a place for graduate study by a UAB.
In the formulation and implementation of its policy and procedures for the admission of research students, all members of the University must be mindful of the University’s Equality Policy, and of its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010). These include the requirement to have ‘due regard’ to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Advance equality of opportunity, and
- Foster good relations between people with different ‘protected characteristics’
The University seeks to attract applicants of the highest quality and potential, regardless of background. Decisions on the admission of students will be based on the individual merits of each candidate as assessed against the entry requirements.