Training for route 1 students (with an MSc)
You will complete a training programme agreed with your academic supervisor's department.
Students will start by completing taught modules at Warwick (60 credits equivalent), usually in Term 1. This will help students to familiarise themselves with Warwick University, staff and facilities and integrate into the PhD cohort.
All students are encouraged to achieve their training in these topics by completing the following postgraduate modules. Full details of the content, teaching and assessment methods will be provided.
Students (with supervisors) may then decide to complete up to 2 mini-projects at Warwick (2 x 30 credits). Usually this track will be to train the student in different advanced research skills and to experience different research discipline cultures. Alternatively, students may progress directly to joint Warwick-industrial partner research training and research project work. Mini projects or initial joint research projects will be assessed to determine aptitude, progress and training needs.
Course progression and Course specification
Students on Route 2 (4 years) must pass all taught modules and complete and pass all elements of the transferable skills course. 90% of the PhD assessment will be based on the thesis.
Students failing to pass at least 60 CATS of taught modules may not progress to a PhD. They will exit with Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma as appropriate.
A Postgraduate Certificate requires passes through the taught modules to accumulate at least 60 CATS.
A Postgraduate Diploma requires a pass in all taught modules and a pass mark in two mini-projects to accumulate 120 credits.
All students who pass 60 credits of taught modules will write their year 1 research up into a report. Progress will be reviewed by a monitoring panel. Students who fail to score at least 60% on the write-up of year 1 research project(s) will not progress to a PhD and will exit with an MSc.
Students may exit with an MPhil after at least 2 years of research effort (first taught year plus two in research, or 2 years of research for those who entered with an MSc).
Examined component: 90% (thesis and viva)
Assessed by coursework component: 10%
All students will undertake and complete a minimum of 2, more usually 3, but no more than 6 research projects. In general it is expected that at least 50% of the research work will be completed with the industrial partner. No maximum is placed on the research time apportioned to the industrial partner as long as Warwick supervision, monitoring and training are maintained throughout. However, usually at least one substantial research project will be completed at Warwick University.
The research projects will be written up and collected for examination in a thesis or thesis portfolio.
Facilities and experimental costs
Where projects require significant resource at Warwick cost contributions will be agreed in advance and subject to a contract between Warwick and the industrial partner. This contract will be drawn up by Research Support Services.
Postgraduate Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science
The certificate consists of 6 modules over 3 years (normally 2 per year).
In the first year, you will complete PhD Skills 1 and Team Development and Networking. The Team Development and Networking module involves a 3-day residential stay.
In years 2 and 3, you will complete PhD Skills 2 and 3 and 2 optional modules from:
Further details are available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wisp/pioneers/pgcts/.
Professionals who can show that they have already completed equivalent transferable skills training may ask for part or full course waiver. This must be agreed in advance with the Director of Graduate Studies or Course Director.
‘To satisfy the requirements for the degree of PhD, a thesis shall constitute a substantial original contribution to knowledge which is, in principle, worthy of peer-reviewed publication. The thesis shall be clearly and concisely written, well argued, and shall show a satisfactory knowledge of both primary and secondary sources. In addition, it shall contain a full bibliography and, where appropriate, a description of methods and techniques used in the research.
The thesis shall not exceed 70,000 words.
The thesis must be the candidate’s own work except where it contains work based on collaborative research, in which case the nature and extent of the author’s individual contribution shall be indicated.
The thesis will have a substantial introduction and academic summary, including a rationale for the selection of projects. In addition it will consist of one of the following options:
A collection of at least 3 pieces of research presented as papers suited for submission in a peer-reviewed journal appropriate for the topic.
A portfolio of research reports based on each of the research projects undertaken. Each report must be academically presented, with context, data, analysis, and conclusions. Normally at least one report will be in the form of an academic research paper suited to submission in a peer-reviewed journal.
Students are encouraged to present their findings in national and international meetings.
Your main supervisor will support you by reading drafts, providing feedback and helping you to judge the appropriate style and level of your thesis.
All students will have access to the Research Student Skills Programme. These training sessions are optional but designed to provide you with the skills and experience necessary to assist you in successful completion of your research and to prepare you for employment.
A wide range of skill topics are covered including Presentation and Communication, Research Management, Research Methods & IT, Academic Writing, Career Management.
All students can discuss with their supervisor any relevant training they may require from postgraduate MSc modules currently on offer. Once decided upon, you should contact Steve Jackson who will request permission for the modules to be attended. Two levels of commitment to a module are possible: simple attendance at lectures with no formal assessment or full attendance with assessment.
NOTE: Attendance with assessment at some additional modules (not required to pass the course) will attract fees.
All Students will have access to careers advice and information tailored specifically for Research students. This would cover academic and non academic career options to help you plan effectively for your next career move.