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 2020 to include guidance on:
- approving a number of decisions relating to the conduct of vivas/milestone interviews which no longer need approval from the Proctors (Annex D);
- holding remote vivas/milestone assessments (Annex E). This, and the guidance on approving remote vivas/milestone assessments within Annex D, replace the ‘Protocols for the use of Voice over Internet Protocol in PGR examination vivas’ which were formerly available on this webpage.
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 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 5 November 2020