Policy and Guidance on Research Degrees

This Policy and guidance sets out the framework the University expects to see underpin the provision of its research degrees at Oxford. The Policy and guidance supplements the requirements for research degrees set out in the Examination Regulations.

The three main purposes of the Policy and guidance are:

  • To let staff know what they must do
  • To let students know what the rules are
  • To ensure that the University’s practice complies with external requirements and to articulate the way in which it complies.

The Policy and guidance has been updated for Michaelmas term 2021.

Policy and Guidance on Research Degrees


Coronavirus: Disruption to planned research

Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the University has developed a framework for allowing disruption to planned research to be taken into account at milestone assessments and at the viva examination. The framework remains in place during the 2021-22 academic year until further notice, due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. The PDFs and links below provide a top-level guide on how the framework should work and further details of the criteria applied at assessments within each division.


Medical Sciences Division: Guidance for considering disruption to PGR research



Mathematical and Physical Life Sciences Division: Guidance for considering disruption to PGR research 


Last updated 20 October 2021

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