Regulations and Policies

All Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) are required to abide by the University’s Regulations Policies, Procedures and Processes.

The University’s Regulations are divided into two areas:

General Regulations – which cover everything from conduct of students to assessment;

Academic Regulations – which define the academic requirements for admissions, assessment, and include appendices that cover academic appeals process.

The University’s Postgraduate Researcher Regulations and Policies, Value and Recognition are outlined the Postgraduate Research Policy Documentation Introduction.

The below links the Regulations with specific Research Policies, and additional Guidance and process documents.

Regulations Policy Further information
Chapter 4, Academic Regulations
Defines the Academic and English Language Entry Requirements for all Research Degree programmes
Postgraduate Research Admissions and Applications Policy (doc) Admissions and Application
Chapter 8 of the Academic Regulations defines:
Ethical approval requirements for all research projects conducted by Staff and Candidates. (8.2.2 refers)  Principles and Standards of Conduct on the Governance of Research (pdf) During Registration
Registration(8.5 refers) Postgraduate Research Attendance and Engagement Policy (doc)
Postgraduate Suspension, Extension and Changes to Registration Policy (doc) Changes to Registration
Work to be undertaken abroad 
(8.6 refers)
Postgraduate Research Attendance and Engagement Policy (doc) During Registration
Progression (8.9 refers) Postgraduate Research Progression Policy (doc)

Code of Conduct for Postgraduate Research Remote Progress Reviews and Examinations (doc)
Oral Examination (8.10 refers)
Thesis (8.12 refers)
Oral Examination Arrangements(8.13 refers)
Postgraduate Research Examination and Award Policy (doc)

Code of Conduct for Postgraduate Research Remote Progress Reviews and Examinations (doc)
Examination, Award and Graduation
Supervisory Arrangements 
(8.14 refers) 
Postgraduate Research Supervisory Policy (doc) During Registration
Chapter 9 of the Academic Regulations
Doctorates and Higher Doctorates by Publication

This route is only available to:

  • Staff or individuals that have been a member of University staff within the last 2 years;
  • Staff of, or who have been staff (with the last two years) of a recognise Research Institution as approved by the University’s Research Committee;
  • Graduate of the University with at least 7 years standing.

All of the above would must have a portfolio of published or equivalent research outputs before application

PhD and Higher Doctorate by Publication

Please contact Doctoral College Lifecycle Team for further information.


Doctoral College Admissions Team:  For all queries relating to the application process and current applications please contact

To make applications please visit PGR+

Doctoral College Lifecycle Team:  For registered Postgraduate Researchers, Supervisors and Examiners queries, please contact

Centre for Research Capability and Development:  For all queries about Doctoral or Supervisor training, please contact