MPhil in Biological Sciences – Streatham Campus

The assessment is started 6 months after initial registration for full-time students and 12 months for part-time students. There is an exception to this for students who are part of BBSRC SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership. For these students this deadline has been reviewed in order to accommodate the initial taught element of their programme and therefore, the review takes place 12 months after initial registration, 24 months for part-time students.

MyPGR will send you two automated reminders, but it is your responsibility to meet the deadline.

You will need to prepare a short talk and a list of bullet points summarising progress against the targets set out in your Supervision (learning) agreement. You need not prepare any additional written report in advance of this meeting. The review panel will be chaired by a nominated assessor (member of staff with expertise in the topic of your research), and will also comprise your primary supervisor, and the Director of Postgraduate Research or Deputy. Co-supervisors may attend if they wish to do so, but only as a silent observer.  A decision on your progress will be made and communicated to you.

The reviewers should assess that the student:

  • knows what the background to their project is
  • has a clear set of aims and objectives
  • has developed methods
  • can write and communicate verbally using coherent English
  • is attending relevant training
  • has made adequate progress against the objectives in the learning agreement
  • Any further comments

The decision of the panel should be communicated verbally to you at the earliest possible opportunity, but a report in writing will also be supplied, providing a clear and detailed statement of the reactions of those present to the work and your performance.