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First Year Review/Upgrade Meeting


For MPhil/PhD Research Students

This form is to be completed for the purposes of your First Year Review. The formal requirements for the First Year Review are that you submit to the postgraduate research office by 31 May (if you started in October) or 30 September (if you started in January) in your first year:

  1. A thesis title and research proposal (1,500-2,000 words). This should summarise the main themes of your research, concisely present the research/project design, include the central research question(s), a table of contents, contribution to knowledge, and analytical strategy
  2. A substantial piece of written work of PhD quality (6,000-8,000 words).  In consultation with your supervisor, you can elect to submit either a substantive draft chapter or a literature review.  The literature review should provide an overview of the current research in this area and make specific reference to what additional/original contribution the thesis is expected to make
  3. A one-page list detailing all the work submitted to your supervisory team between October and May.
  4. A detailed two-page monthly timetable of your target dates and intended research activities from June 2021 to the target completion date.

Please note that the required documents listed under points 1-4 must not exceed 10,000 words. Just as is the case for the length of your thesis, this upper word limit does not include the extra words used for appendices, footnotes, tables, diagrams, and bibliography. For further information, please see the Handbook.

Your supervisor will complete a separate form providing a report on your progress but will not take part in the Review Panel. The Review Panel will make any appropriate recommendations to you and your supervisor and submit a written report. 

Your first year review normally takes place at the end of Term 3. The Panel will comprise two members of the academic staff.  At the review you will be asked to give a presentation of current progress, research plans and anticipated problems to the Review Panel. The presentation should not exceed 20 minutes.

Please complete the form below and upload the above supporting documents to Tabula. 

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Please answer the questions below:

2. If currently registered for an MPhil, do you wish to be considered for an upgrade to PhD?

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